Backstrom out again for Capitals in Game 3 against Lightning

Capitals jump out to 2-0 series lead, return home for Game 3 tonight

Capitals jump out to 2-0 series lead, return home for Game 3 tonight

The Capitals have dominated the first two games of the Eastern Conference finals against the Lightning to take a 2-0 lead in the series.

Both teams entered the game red-hot on the power play, and the Lightning's risky extra-man unit continued its terrorizing ways.

But the offensive depth that helped them get through the first two rounds in five games apiece returned with Hedman and Brayden Point scoring just Tampa Bay's second and third even-strength goals in the series. 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. They now have to travel to Washington down 2-0 with the Capitals playing some of their best hockey. It wasn't flawless, but the Lightning began to make it up to Vasilevskiy for hanging him out to dry on so many odd-man rushes in Games 1 and 2 by improving their defensive-zone play.

This is who the Lightning are: They defended expertly, limiting the odd-man rushes the Capitals used to outscore them 10-4 in the first two games. The starting time for each Capitals home game was pushed back an hour to 8 PM, increasing the likelihood that the final horn would blow after Metro closed its doors at 11:30 PM. Capitals coach Barry Trotz said before Tuesday's game that Backstrom remains "day-to-day".

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"I can't wait to go home and play the game", Alex Ovechkin told the Washington Post after Game 2. "Obviously, you can see we didn't score, they scored". The Lightning have been unsafe on the road throughout the playoffs posting a 4-1 record, while the Capitals have struggled at home losing 4 of their seven home games.

He had to be particularly good late in the game after Evgeny Kuznetsov (no surprise) found paydirt from a dirty angle for his sixth point in the series with Washington's net empty.

There's no need to wait for the autopsy to come back on Tuesday's game - the Capitals took six penalties and allowed two power-play goals, holes that are tough for any team to climb out of. "Not good enough for power play, but we will be better for sure". "I think that gives him some confidence, too, that he knows we're on and that's the way it should be". "We've made it a series". With his 10th career power-play goal, Stamkos tied Martin St. Louis for Tampa Bay's playoff record.

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