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Once Up 2-0 In The Series, The Washington Capitals Now Face Elimination

from Barry Svrluga of the Washington Post,

The shape of this series against the Tampa Bay Lightning is such that the Capitals frittered away their breakthrough against Pittsburgh and are now in position to do something that seemed impossible after vanquishing the Penguins: add to their ignominy. The Capitals’ 3-2 loss to the Lightning on Saturday night at Amalie Arena was their third straight. That comfortable advantage? Poof. One more loss, and that’s it. No more hockey.

Before you start bemoaning that the past is the past and it’s trite and lazy to associate these Caps with those Caps, a reminder: In the past 50 years, 21 teams won the first two games on the road in either the conference or Stanley Cup finals. All 21 of those teams won the series. None needed a seventh game.

The Capitals won the first two games in Tampa. Now those same Capitals need to win Monday night at home to force a seventh game.

Such a stat would fit right in with all those old Capitals. And then these Capitals said things all those old Capitals might have said.

“Obviously, two mistakes and they score a goal,” captain Alex Ovechkin said. “But give us credit. We don’t stop playing.”

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Pressure Is Now On The Washington Capitals

from Michael Traikos of the National Post,

There are two ways of looking at how the Eastern Conference final came to be tied heading into Game 5: either the Tampa Bay Lightning stole back two games on the road or the Washington Capitals gave away an opportunity to close out a series.

For most onlookers, it’s the latter.

And so, here we are talking about choking again. Will this be another post-season where the Capitals failed to finish off an opponent on the ropes, failed to come up with the key play at the key time, and failed to advance despite being the better team? Will it be another missed opportunity for Alex Ovechkin?

From here, it’s starting to look that way. Whatever momentum the Capitals gained from winning Games 1 and 2 on the road has now swung back to the Lightning after winning Games 3 and 4. Now, it’s Washington with its backs against the ropes and once again having to face the ghosts of the franchise’s past.

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Caps Frustrated And Andrei Vasilevskiy Stars

from Kristina Rutherford of Sportsnet,

As Alex Killorn cheered and skated past his Lightning teammates on the bench and got a quick succession of side-fives, the saddest organ music played in a dejected Capital One Arena where, between depressing organ notes, you could’ve heard a pin drop.

Capitals goalie Braden Holtby took his helmet off and skated over to Washington’s bench and looked up at the big screen for the replay, and he watched Killorn stuff the eventual game-winner through his legs.

For more than 21 minutes in Game 4 of this Eastern Conference Final, the Capitals held the Lightning without a shot. They registered 38 shots to Tampa Bay’s 20. Washington had chance after chance, four power-plays and they controlled play for much of this game. And still, the Capitals lost and the Lightning won and now this series is tied 2-2 and headed back to Tampa Bay for a best-of-three.

“Of course it’s a missed opportunity,” Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin said, just a couple minutes after he broke his stick over the crossbar, just after that buzzer sounded, just after Anthony Cirrelli potted the empty-netter with two seconds to go to make it 4-2, Lightning.

“It is what it is,” Ovechkin said. “Nothing we can do.”

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Home Struggles Continues For The Washington Capitals

from Barry Svrluga of the Washington Post,

On the road, the Capitals are 7-1.

On home ice, the Capitals are now 3-5.

Maybe they can issue Steven Stamkos T-shirts before Game 6?

“We’re comfortable going on the road,” Capitals Coach Barry Trotz said late Thursday. “We would have loved to have gotten this one tonight. We didn’t. We’re going to go to Tampa. Our intention is to go win a game in Tampa. We’ve already done that twice.”

For now, that’s what has to amount to swagger. The reality is they came home with an opportunity, and they squandered it. I don’t want to hear how they played their game, how the puck simply didn’t find the back of the net, how they had 38 shots to just 20 for Tampa Bay.

All that’s true, but whatever. Those are the things old Washington teams used to say. And old Washington teams haven’t won the Cup.

Still, there has to be some dissection of what’s going on here.

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Open Post- Game 4 Of The Eastern Conference Final

Puck drop just after 8:00pm ET in Washington as the Tampa Bay Lightning try to even the series at 2-2 against the Washington Capitals.

Watch on NBCSN, CBC, SN or TVAS.

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Big Win For The Tampa Bay Lightning

from Kristina Rutherford of Sportsnet,

Almost nobody who saw Victor Hedman’s first goal of these NHL playoffs live and in person cheered or applauded or waved their towel, when the towering Tampa Bay Lightning defender one-timed the puck into a near-open net in the capital on Tuesday night.

Hedman didn’t seem to mind the silence, though.

The 27-year-old Swede did a bunch of cheering himself here at Capital One Arena, while the sea of fans in red looked on, silently and sadly, and then he dropped his six-foot-six frame into a low fist pump.

Finally, a goal for Hedman in this post-season. And finally, a win for the Tampa Bay Lightning in this Eastern Conference Final.

As Hedman put it, “It’s huge.”

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Open Post- Game 3 Of The Eastern Conference Final

The series shifts to Washington tonight and will the Tampa Bay Lightning get back into the series with a win?

Puck drop is just after 8:00pm ET and is on NBCSN, CBC, SN and TVAS.

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Afternoon Line- Steven Stamkos

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The Tampa Bay Lightning Need A Win

from Tom Jones of the Tampa Bay Times,

"Obviously, we're not very happy with the way the first two games went,'' Lightning defenseman Dan Girardi said. "But it's the first to four, not the first to two.''

That's what players always say when they lose the first two games. And that's what Lightning players were saying after Tampa Bay was blasted by a combined score of 10-4.

When the best thing you can say is that you've only lost two instead of four then you know you're in a bad shape. And make no mistake, the Lightning is in bad shape.

The Lightning has been so thoroughly dominated that it's hard to imagine it winning four of the next five games. But it doesn't have to win four games at the moment. It just has to win one.

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Michael Kempny Fined For Cross-Check

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