Capitals' Backstrom misses 4th straight game

Capitals jump out to 2-0 series lead, return home for Game 3 tonight

In Game 2 in Tampa, Eller was one of the six different Caps to score, including three forwards - himself, Devante Smith-Pelly and Brett Connolly - whose roles increased in Backstrom's absence.

Both teams back to full strength. And they found one in their headline players.

That all changed in the first period of Tuesday night's game.

Washington, DC- The first and second games went as well as imaginable for the Washington Capitals.

Eller's first penalty led to Tampa Bay's second goal, via Nikita Kucherov.

And Vasilevskiy looked much less tired than he did in the first two games, where he allowed 10 goals in five periods of play and never eclipsed a.850 save percentage. They're already in as enviable a position as there is: since 1975, teams with 2-0 leads in a conference finals or semifinals are 39-2. "We talked about this, you've got to make them chase the game".

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Per Scott Allen of the Washington Post, Wilson is traveling from her home in Rochester, New York to Washington D.C. for the game after receiving permission to travel from her doctors. But the key to the Game 3 victory was Tampa Bay's refusal to squander that effort from their stars, both offensively and defensively. But after getting rolling Tuesday with the pair of power-play goals, the Lightning scored twice more at 5-on-5.

"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 NHL.com. "Everybody is going to take care of themselves and get ready for a game". We all knew what was happening - the Capitals most of all - and they were powerless to stop it.

Thank you, Hedman! Bolts lead the Capitals 3-0. Hedman got the puck at the point, took four quick strides along the blue line, and put the puck at Stamkos' feet for a glove-side shot over Braden Holtby's left shoulder.

4 on 3 for the Bolts.

"Look at Lars (Eller)", he said, speaking of the center who scored in each of the first two games against the Lightning.

Steven Stamkos ripped a power-play goal at 13:53 of the first period, on an assist from Victor Hedman. Just after the halfway point, the Capitals' depth players got the team on the board. The once-underdog Caps head back home leading the series 2-0. 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. "We need guys [to score], and I thought [Stamkos] did a good job shooting the puck today".

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