NHL: "Washington" has opened the account in a series with "Tampa"

Capitals coach Barry Trotz said discipline was going to be a major factor in this series.

But the party had to end. You didn't think the Washington Capitals were just going to show up and play patsy as the Lightning steamrolled its way to the Stanley Cup final, right?Well, if that's what yo.

If Tampa Bay is knocked out in the conference finals by Washington, it would be the first Stanley Cup Finals since 1999 (Buffalo Sabres vs Dallas Stars) that two teams would meet who haven't won a Stanley Cup title before.

"We know how we have to play and we have to play that way for 60 minutes", Jay Beagle said. "Obviously, there was a lot of emotions through our locker room after that series win". The Lightning were held to just two shots on goal in the first period and were being outshot 25-10 through 40 minutes. Braden Holtby must continue to stand tall in the crease as he did in rounds one and two, because without him elevating his play it will be a quick, four or five game outing in Tampa's favor.

Backstrom has three goals and 10 assists in 11 games this postseason, including one overtime game victor. "We need to play an even better game". "I don't think we had a good enough game the entire 60 there". It's paid dividends for us. The Capitals are playing a different game than they have been in the past.

The Tampa Bay Lightning and Washington Capitals are about to embark on the next stage of their postseason journey as they kick off the Eastern Conference Final tonight from the Amalie Arena right here in the Sunshine State.

The Jets became the fourth and final team to reach the third round when they beat the defending Western Conference-champion Predators 5-1 on the road in Game 7 on Thursday night. But the goal was quickly waved off because the Lightning had too many men on the ice. They called it. They knew they didn't have that much time. "We've kind of been through this a little bit before". Washington leads the best of seven series, 1-0. The over-under, or total number of goals Vegas thinks will be scored, is six. If they can get Nicklas Backstrom back for Game 3, and that is a big if, then Washington has a legitimate shot at the Cup. The Capitals, the Tampa Bay Lightning, the Vegas Golden Knights, and the Winnipeg Jets are the teams that are left in the 2018 postseason.

Stamkos didn't get a shot on goal until the third period, and Brayden Point and Alex Killorn, two key scorers in the playoffs, had no shots on the night.

"I've had some teams that have been very, very talented and they weren't necessarily the best teams", said Trotz, who is in the third round for the first time in 19 years as an National Hockey League head coach. It's effort. Everybody was paying the price.

Why The Capitals Win There aren't many teams that can keep up with the Lightning shot-for-shot, goal-for-goal, but the Capitals have proven over the course of the post-season that they are most certainly one. We just wanted our other rivals, the Preds, to lose. I'm not trying to take anything from Washington. "We didn't. We didn't earn our breaks". Despite its deadline acquisitions of forward J.T. Miller and defenseman Ryan McDonagh, whom Coach Jon Cooper praised before Game 1, the Lightning's penalty kill remained an issue in the series opener. "You can play the flawless game and still not win, but at least you give your chance to win".

Dammit, the Vegas Golden Knights social media is going to be insufferable when the team wins the Stanley Cup.

  • Julie Sanders