Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
Sports | By Brooke Harris

Qatar Reportedly Helping DC Metro Stay Open Late for Capitals-Lightning Game

Qatar Reportedly Helping DC Metro Stay Open Late for Capitals-Lightning Game

They now have to travel to Washington down 2-0 with the Capitals playing some of their best hockey. Backstrom has participated in morning skates with the Capitals, but has not taken line rushes or any time with their power-play units.

"It's gut check time", Stamkos told the media ahead of Game 3. The once-underdog Caps head back home leading the series 2-0. Tampa is 3-1 on the road during the playoffs this year.

Moreover, with the power-play goal - the 10th of his postseason career - Stamkos passed Martin St. Louis to become Tampa Bay's all-time leading playoff power-play scorer, at 25 points, per Bryan Burns. "We weren't able to get some of our guys that don't really have a role in the power play or penalty kill to get a chance to use them again".

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Much of that blame was laid at the feet of captain Steven Stamkos.

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.

Both centers Lars Eller and Evgeny Kuznetsov had a goal and two assists as six different Capitals added tallies for the team.

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This is the first time the Capitals have made it to the conference finals since 1998.

In the first two games, Washington scored goals in the waning seconds of a period in each game. "We're going to need that to keep going".

The Lightning rebounded to take a 2-1 lead in the first period of Game Two, but the Capitals responded with 5 unanswered goals to take a convincing 2-0 series lead. They will set out to show the home crowd that Tuesday's special teams shortcomings were an aberration. "They scored, we didn't and that's on us", Kuznetsov said.

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