Lightning get back into series with big road win over Capitals

NHL Playoffs 2018: Washington Capitals are the new favorites to win the Stanley Cup

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WASHINGTON-Just before the opening faceoff of Game 3 of the NHL's Eastern Conference finals Tuesday night, a foolhardy Washington Capitals fan bellowed, "Break out the brooms!" The Caps didn't let the Lightning get into a rhythm on offense and had them on their heels on defense.

"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. First, Kucherov blasted a one-timer on the power play.

Now, however, with only four teams left in this year's National Hockey League playoff picture, oddsmakers are saying that the Capitals can be trusted to win it all.

Lars Eller has taken Backstrom's place centering the second line with Jakub Vrana and T.J. At 1:50, Nikita Kucherov, who was goalless in the first two games, scored a mirror-image goal of Stamkos' opener, and again it was Hedman on the feed. Two minutes after that, they went on the power play, and Steven Stamkos blistered a one-timer less than a minute into it to give Tampa Bay a lead it never gave up.

Just as Tampa Bay had struggled to recover from deficits in the first two games of this series, the Capitals couldn't dig themselves out and play their way back into Game 3, either. They still lead the series 2-1. If not, they'll at least be comforted by the notion that Game 5 is in Tampa. That's probably because, to put it simply, the Golden Knights have looked the most like this year's team of destiny, rallying behind Marc-Andre Fleury and incredible offensive balance to defy the forecasts that maybe had them as a competent, not contending, team in their first year of existence.

"We can take a few things that we've done on the road and put it into our home game", goalie Braden Holtby said.

This isn't to say the Caps played poorly and still won in those games because of fluky goals. Coach Barry Trotz said Backstrom was a game-time decision before each of the games in the conference final. It wouldn't have taken much to ignite the home crowd, get the players feeding off the frenzy and vice versa, and shoving the Lightning into a hole that would be almost impossible to climb out of.

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The Capitals score with just 3:02 remaining in the game.

Evgeny Kuznetsov - Washington's playmaking centre scored a goal and had 15 shot attempts (12 SOG) in the 4-2 Game Three loss against Tampa Bay. When Kucherov added a second power play goal early in the second and Hedman potted that easy-looking third, you had a feeling the Lightning were going to get that first win.

Sure, the Lightning had a brief lead in Game 2 from about the midpoint of the first period to early in the second. They scored four goals in Tampa. "We're going to need that to keep going".

The Washington Capitals saw their opportunity at a 3-0 series lead versus Tampa Bay go by the wayside in a 4-2 defeat on home ice Tuesday. They did that on Tuesday night.

"Power play make everything".

"For us, it's all about resetting everything", defenseman Victor Hedman said Monday.

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