Published: Sun, May 13, 2018
Sports | By Phillip Butler

3 takeaways from the Capitals skating through the Lightning in Game 1

3 takeaways from the Capitals skating through the Lightning in Game 1

But the energy was missing, and so was the intensity.

The Washington Capitals skated circles around the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 1, winning 4-1 to take a 1-0 series lead. And even when the Lightning crept back into the game with two third-period goals, the Capitals didn't allow them to climb all the way back. That would allow for two full days of rest for the Western Conference victor and a media day for both teams.

After winning the Presidents' Trophy two years in a row by finishing with the best record in the NHL, the Washington Capitals were supposed to struggle this season - at least according to many hockey luminaries.

"Any time you give up a goal at the end of the period, it gives momentum to the other team", Lightning captain Steven Stamkos said.

Washington's superstar winger tallied a goal and an assist in a 4-2 Game One win at Tampa Bay. The Capitals defeated the Lightning 4-2.

It happened again in the opener against the Capitals.

Cooper said he did not expect the Capitals to suffer a letdown. Jay Beagle and Lars Eller extended the lead in the second and the Caps held on to take a 1-0 series lead. Shortly before the end of the first period, Kuznetsov assisted on Ovechkin, who scored 17 points in 13 games for the Stanley Cup.

Michal Kempny scored his first career playoff goal to put the Caps up 1-0 then a weird sequence at the end of the first period ended with a Nikita Kucherov goal being disallowed followed by a quick goal from Alex Ovechkin with just six seconds left. Goalie Probables: Getting the nod for the Capitals will be Braden Holtby and the Lightning will counter with Andrei Vasilevskiy.

The arena was rocking, but not for long.

The Lightning knew there was a problem.

To add insult to the no-goal, the Caps scored six seconds later. Right wing T.J. Oshie had a 61.76 percent even-strength CorsiFor percentage. Four minutes later, another Caps power play resulted in Eller putting home a rebound of an Oshie shot after Ovechkin flubbed a one-timer. "The more you can see, and the more familiar you get with something, if you're a good player you have to take advantage of it a little more". 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. Scoring in the loss was Steven Stamkos, which was his 4th of the playoffs and Ondrej Palat, which was his 5th of the playoffs. The Lightning had another push with the Tony Cirelli line on the ice, but all it produced was some pushing and shoving after the whistle by Yanni Gourde.

Ovechkin made it 2-0 a mere 5 seconds after the Lightning thought they had tied it in the closing seconds of the opening period.

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