Lightning lacks energy and intensity in loss to Capitals in Game 1

Lightning lacks energy and intensity in loss to Capitals in Game 1

And now that his former team has been knocked out of the playoffs, he might have just a little extra motivation. Well, maybe not so much.

The third round of the 2018 postseason is now upon us and our writers offer up their analysis and predictions for the final four. At nearly every turn in the first two periods, the Capitals had an answer for the Bolts. Malektronic CEO Ben Malek is the only person who can be placed to Rocketman, which became awkward when it was revealed he used to be a diehard Chicago Blackhawks fan during the 2015 Stanley Cup Final when Tampa played Chicago.

Putting an emotional second-round victory over playoff nemesis and two-time defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh behind them, the Caps got a power-play goal and assist from Alex Ovechkin in his Eastern Conference finals debut and beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-2 on Friday night.

"When Nick comes to me and the (team's medical) staff says he's ready to go", said Trotz, who had classified Backstrom as a game-time decision for Friday night, "I don't there's a coach in the National Hockey League that's not putting their top player, like Backstrom, back in the lineup". The Lightning had two shots on goal, with only one in the first 15 minutes. Washington's first two power plays of Game 1 lasted a total of 43 seconds before the lamp was lit. While the Capitals" "Holtbeast' has been a standout from the moment he's taken the crease this post-season, Vasilevskiy hasn't been too shabby himself.

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Stamkos and Kucherov had one shot between them in the first two periods. Tampa made a blockbuster trade with the New York Rangers minutes before the February NHL trade deadline, acquiring veteran defenseman Ryan McDonagh. With seconds left in the first, Ovechkin drilled a one-timer past Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy to put the Capitals up, 2-0.

There was no letdown for the Washington Capitals. He's gone 8-2 in the Knights' 10 playoff games with some truly remarkable statistics -.951 save percentage and 1.53 goals against average. Boston beat Tampa Bay, 6-2, in the opener of its second-round series before the Lightning bounced back to win four straight. Tampa Bay only had two blocked shots on the power play. But that changes on the power play, Carlson said.

T.J. Oshie won the faceoff to the left of Vasilevskiy. Oshie's second unit as well. The Kuznetsov-Ovechkin-Wilson line is going to have to make plays in this series. It finished the period with just two. Nikita Kucherov tops the Lightning with six goals and 12 points. With Backstrom sidelined the Lightning also have the slight advantage up front. In particular, Ovechkin played with the freedom of a man who had been waiting his entire career to for this moment. Washington must limit the J.T. Miller-Steven Stamkos-Nikita Kucherov line as scoring will be a hard task to come by against this defensively deep Lightning unit. This has all the makings of a fast-paced, entertaining series with the likes of Patrik Laine, Mark Scheifele, and William Karlsson just to name a few of the high end players involved.

Firstly, Tampa Bay has a better offence than Washington outscoring them 296-259 in the regular season while maintaining similar defensive numbers.