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Lightning stay hot on special teams in Game 3 win against Capitals

16 May 2018

Coach Barry Trotz said Backstrom was a game-time decision before each of the games in the conference final. The Capitals are feeling confident right now, but after falling behind 0-2 on home ice in the first round and roaring back to beat the Columbus Blue Jackets, they understand how fast things can swing.

That doesn't appear to be the case, as Washington delivered another beatdown in Game 2, smoking the Lightning by a final score of 6-2.

"They know and we know both teams have pretty good special teams and if we're going to play like that, they're going to use it", Alex Ovechkin said. Less than 10 minutes to go. The Capitals are 3-3 at home this postseason.

Mistakes are happening in abundance, most notably passing up shots that lead to opportunities the other way.

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The third is a go! The Capitals are 3-0 without him, including Games 1 and 2 against the Lightning.

Backstrom is a guaranteed hall-of-famer and the Capitals could really use him back to help close out the Lightning. Connolly with the goal. He wants the Lightning to be feeling better but not too good still down 2-1.

Tampa benefited from a three-goal outburst in the second period. Thank you, Hedman! Bolts lead the Capitals 3-0. He pointed to Game 4 against the New Jersey Devils in the opening round, when Kucherov had points on all three Lightning goals. "We've got some big threats on the power play that can shoot the puck, and that was on display today".

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National Hockey League teams taking a 2-0 lead in a best of seven series go on to win the series 89 percent of the time.

With Tampa on the power play, Capitals defenseman Brooks Orpik fanned on a clearing attempt down deep. Still scoreless in the first. "These first two games, that's the way we've played".

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But in the first 20 minutes on this must-win night for Tampa, Kucherov was worse than invisible.

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Lightning stay hot on special teams in Game 3 win against Capitals