Lightning Lean on Their Stars to Strike Back Against the Capitals

Lightning Lean on Their Stars to Strike Back Against the Capitals

Brett Connolly and Evgeny Kuznetsov scored goals for the Capitals, who are 7-1 in the playoffs on the road following a dominating 6-2 win in game two in Florida. Since then, their penalty kill has allowed 10 goals in its past 24 times shorthanded, a 58.3 percent success rate.

The first two penalties Washington took Tuesday - goaltender Braden Holtby was called for tripping Lightning forward Yanni Gourde, and center Lars Eller received a minor for closing his hand on the puck - could be categorized as unnecessary.

The good news for Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals is they still lead their Eastern Conference final against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Asked what his club could do to fare better at home, Capitals coach Barry Trotz said: "Just play the way we do on the road".

This is the fifth time since conference finals started in 1982 that the first three games were all won by the road team, according to STATS, Inc. Tampa Bay scored on each resulting power play. "We have to be better".

The Bolts played defence by committee in Game 3, with big games such as Brayden Point, Ondrej Palat and Victor Hedman standing out in particular.

In Game 3. the Lightning righted some of the wrongs that plagued them in Games 1 and 2, including scoring two even-strength goals - after scoring a total of two in the first two games - and winning the special teams battle, finishing 2-for-5 on the power play while Washington went 0-for-3. "He's a player who has a lot of impact on our team". "Obviously they're going to get some of their looks".

In the 14th minute, Steven Stamkos acute angle with the throw under the crossbar, opened the scoring in the second period, "Tampa" managed to make two more effective attacks.

"We haven't done anything yet, we haven't accomplished anything yet", Stamkos, who has five goals and four assists in a six-game point streak, told reporters on Wednesday.

"The struggle right now is that balance", Beagle said. "I'm not too sure, but we talked about it on the bench as the [penalty kill] unit and a little bit after the game and we know what we need to do".

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