NHL: Capitals take Game 1 against Bolts

Washington found openings, in large part, because of Ovechkin.

Alex Ovechkin had a goal and an assist on early Washington power plays and the Capitals rolled to a 4-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals on Friday night. Oshie has four power play goals this postseason, while Carlson has three.

Michal Kempny scored his first career playoff goal to put the Caps up 1-0 then a freaky sequence at the end of the first period ended with a Nikita Kucherov goal being disallowed followed by a quick goal from Alex Ovechkin with just six seconds left.

Only problem? The Lightning were whistled for too many men on the ice. The Lightning believed they would be heading into the dressing room down by a single goal, not the two-goal margin that made their hill so much higher. And the Lightning never recovered.

The Capitals built a 4-0 lead thanks to two goals in each of the first two periods.

"Any time you give up a goal at the end of the period, it gives momentum to the other team", Lightning captain Steven Stamkos said. "I thought we played a little bit better in the third, but at the same time, it's a little bit of a different game-it's already 4-0", Johnson says.

The Washington Capitals have defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Final. Domingue stopped all seven shots he faced, including a point-blank chance by Eller with 7:32 remaining.

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Washington spent two flawlessly the start of the period and has naturally selected the "Tampa" home ice advantage.

There were questions concerning which Capitals team the Lightning would face: one suffering an emotional letdown after finally beating the Penguins to the conference final or one who would use the energy from slaying that playoff dragon to continue its quest for the first Stanley Cup in franchise history. They bottled up the Lightning speed through the neutral zone and didn't allow them time in the offensive zone. During the regular season, he was 34-20 with a 2.99 GAA and a.907 save percentage overall, including 12-11 with a 3.90 GAA and a.889 save percentage on the road. As a result, the Lightning began to overthink. "We know that it's a play that they do". The ideal shot was rarely there. Evgeny Kuznetsov got to the puck and fed Ovechkin, who one-timed it into the net. However, the goal was waved off after a replay.

Sometimes hockey is complicated. "We've got to go out and deserve a win [Sunday]". Washington has scored first in 10 of its 13 playoffs games so far this year.

As Michael Scott, quoting Wayne Gretzky, once said, "You miss 100 percent of the shots you don't take".

The Capitals played perhaps their best defensive game of the playoffs.

Washington has talent on its power play, outside of Ovechkin.


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