Cancer Patient to Attend Capitals vs. Lightning Game 3 in Between Treatments


He pointed to Game 4 against the New Jersey Devils in the opening round, when Kucherov had points on all three Lightning goals. Much like the first two games of the series, a strong start will be important as the teams battle for the lead, and that means on both ends of the ice in a series already defined by quick offensive outbursts.

Which power-play blast did Cooper like better? But Tuesday was a different story.

The Capitals score with just 3:02 remaining in the game. Lars Eller took a penalty for closing his hand on a puck.

Each goal came on a one-timer, Stamkos scoring from the left face-off circle and Kucherov from the right.

The Capitals have also played without Andre Burakovsky for the last four games of their first-round win over the Blue Jackets and the entire Penguins series, while Tom Wilson was suspended for Games 4-6 against the Penguins.

There's an argument that they could have given him the night off on Tuesday to promote further healing with the team holding a healthy 2-0 lead series lead. When you have a really good team like they do across the way, if you're going to give them open ice to make their plays that team will kill you and they did it for two games. Quite the difference from Game 2. Sixteen seconds into the man advantage, Nikita Kucherov went high glove side off a one-time pass from defenseman Victor Hedman to give the Lightning a 2-0 lead early in the second period. Washington outscored Tampa Bay a combined 7-1 during 5-on-5 in Games 1 and 2.

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The Lightning's 50 postseason power-play chances trail only the Capitals (52).

"If there is one thing I can sit here and say about these two games, it's we just played tentative and a little bit slow", Lightning coach Jon Cooper told

With the lead, Tampa came out of intermission playing like their regular season selves, dominating in the neutral zone and capitalizing on mistakes.

Tampa Bay got two injury scares in the third period when Stamkos hobbled off after taking a slap shot from teammate Braydon Coburn in the right knee and Tyler Johnson was cross-checked by Michal Kempny.

But the Capitals did not get away with that cleanly, because Michal Kempny committed a cross-check 16 seconds later and forced them into defending a 4-on-3 rather than mounting a comeback. "For us to get two goals today and shut them down on the PK was big. We had to check tonight and it helped it go in our favor". Caps cut Bolts' lead to 4-2. They will set out to show the home crowd that Tuesday's special teams shortcomings were an aberration.