Special teams failures took Capitals' teeth away in Game 3

Caps Fans Grab Some Of Their Teams Swagger Going Into Game 3 Tonight

Dropping the first two games of the Eastern Conference Final at home is not how the Tampa Bay Lightning hoped to start the series. "There's no secret. We've dug ourselves a hole here, but by no means is it something that we can't overcome". In Game 3, the Lightning's stars shined back in a 4-2 win that turned this into a series again. "We know they're really unsafe off the rush and we're trying limit their odd-man rushes".

Vasilevskiy allowed 10 goals in a five-game first-round playoff series and 12 in the second-round series against the Boston Bruins.

"I think our wall play has especially been one of the key components of our success", Capitals goalie Braden Holtby said.

"We've thought about different things, but for me and our staff, we don't feel it's a personnel issue with how things are going", he said. Vasilevskiy went into the game 3-1 on the road in the playoffs, however, after leading the National Hockey League with 18 road wins in the regular season. "We've made it a series". And with the big-time save came two big-time plays for the Lightning, which scored twice in the first few minutes of the second period en route to a 4-2 victory. They sustained a streak of more than 20 kills in a row that spanned parts of the first two rounds, and their power-play success rate of 32.6 percent entering Tuesday was second-best among all postseason teams. He says the way they've played in the Conference Finals is not the way they have played at all other points throughout the season.




Of the 41 previous times a team lost the first two games in the conference finals, 39 went on to lose the series - including every team that lost its first two at home. But if Kucherov even received a phone call from the NHL Department of Player Safety, the conversation was little more than a "Hi, how are ya?" for there he was in the lineup on Tuesday. "When you get to the playoffs, really it's the team that wins". That's how we've advanced. "It's just so much better to play with the lead". "Oftentimes that's what those guys do - they come in when you need them".

Eller and Evgeny Kuznetsov had a goal and two assists in Game 2, and Ovechkin and Tom Wilson each had a goal and an assist. During last year's playoff series between the Capitals and Toronto Maple Leafs, many fans were forced to leave Game 2 when it was tied 3-3 in overtime because metro service was ending soon.

This was how it should be for Tampa Bay. And it's not Jon Cooper going in with a 2-on-1 - it's Kuznetsov and Ovechkin, so there's a big difference there.

"You have to make them play catchup, because when they do have the lead, they sit back, you have to go through four guys, they all can skate, they're all angling, they're all in lanes, and it just makes it tougher", Cooper said.

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