Ron and Don: Lightning 'should be ashamed of themselves' after Game 1

Grant SmithMay 14, 2018

But based on how game one played out, the history between these clubs and the price, I'd be a fool to turn down the plus money.

Tampa Bay responded with a 4-2 victory in Game 2 and proceeded to win the next three contests to advance to the Eastern Conference Final.

The Capitals, who haven't been to a conference final since winning the Eastern Conference title in 1998, held the Lightning to 10 shots on goal through the first two periods as they controlled the game while building a four-goal lead. He made seven saves on seven shots. "Obviously, there was a lot of emotions through our locker room after that series win". There was no indication from Trotz whether or not he would play in Game Two on Sunday. It was Ovechkin blasting a one-timer to put the Capitals up by two only seconds after the Lightning thought they had evened it up.

That said, the Caps' lineup is immeasurably better with Backstrom in it due to his ability to make an impact at both ends of the rink. "And it did tonight". In that scenario, Washington should be able to capitalize on a mistake or two to get on the scoreboard, just like it did in Game 1.

"Well, it's just a response", said Lightning captain Steven Stamkos.

Tampa Bay also hurt itself with penalties, like a too many men on the ice call that led negated a goal by Kucherov and led to Alex Ovechkin's power-play goal at 19:54 of the first period, and Kucherov's roughing that led to Lars Eller's power-play goal at 6:42 of the second period.

"It's tough, especially when there is not much time left in the period". To making amends. To giving the fans what they want. "It was one of those things where, throughout the game, I think they outplayed us in all periods", Lightning forward Alex Killorn said.

"It's a little bit of a chess match", Carlson said.

So instead of the game being tied 1-1, Washington took a 2-0 lead into the intermission on Ovechkin's powerplay goal and then jumped out to a 3-0 cushion when Beagle scored, only 2:40 into the second period. Washington has to be pleased with how Game 1 went.

They couldn't control the injury that deprived them of star center Nicklas Backstrom for a second straight game. I think we're playing the full 200 feet that you need to play at playoff time and you're getting the goaltending you need and you're getting the commitment and you're getting the work ethic and you're getting the discipline and detail. Lightning goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy was pulled after surrendered four goals on 25 shots.

"We tried to create a momentum on our side and not give them life", Ovechkin said. We shall see. Washington just seems to be in a really good groove right now and they have now won nine of their last 11 overall, after starting 0-2 in the postseason.

"We're in the conference final". Basically, the same reasons I had Washington on Friday night. "They were that close to being where they are now if some breaks here and there had have gone their way". "You can play the ideal game and still not win, but at least you give your chance to win".

Backstrom (upper body) is a game-time decision for Game 2 against the Lightning on Sunday, Brian McNally of NHL.com reports. That loss had an effort Cooper and his players could be satisfied with.

"I don't want to think about it because I don't want to get too insane", Sergachev said. "We still have some young guys coming up and can show that they have skill".

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