Monday, 28 May, 2018

Kucherov snaps out of funk in must win game for Lightning

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Lucia Summers | 16 May, 2018, 09:45

Brayden Point grabbed the puck and fed Victor Hedman at the point, who layed off a flawless pass to Stamkos. Nikita Kucherov blasted the puck past Capitals goalie Braden Holtby at 1:50 of the second period, reversing a trend of poor starts from the previous two games. Stamkos and Kucherov both tallied on the man-advantage to give the Lightning a 2-0 advantage early in the second, bringing Stamkos to a playoff-leading five power-play goals.

As the Oates to Ovechkin's Hall, or the Kim Deal to his Frank Black, Backstrom has always been one of the most underrated players in the National Hockey League this side of Jake Gardiner. 3-1, in favor of the Lightning. Kucherov fed the defenseman flying down the slot unchecked and he put a deft wrister past Holtby.

Meanwhile, the Capitals' vaunted power play, which features Ovechkin, Evgeny Kuznetsov, T.J. Oshie, Lars Eller (in Backstrom's place) and John Carlson on the top half, failed to convert on one opportunity in every period. Chandler Stephenson found a loose puck in the high slot and fed Connolly for a one-timer to beat Andrei Vasilevskiy, who finished with 35 saves.

It wasn't ideal, but it was a more complete effort from Tampa Bay, which jumped out to a 3-0 lead before Brett Connolly answered for Washington in the second.

The Capitals are short -120 sportsbook favorites (bet $120 to win $100), with the over-under for total goals scored set at six.

Backstrom is a guaranteed hall-of-famer and the Capitals could really use him back to help close out the Lightning.

Boat Accident in Godavari : 35 Missing, 5 Safe
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NOTES: Capitals coach Barry Trotz said C Nicklas Backstrom, who has missed three consecutive games with a right hand injury, remains day-to-day. "And we did", said Stamkos, after the Lightning's 4-2 victory on Tuesday night in Washington.

Victor Hedman figured all the Tampa Bay Lightning needed to get back on track was a shift in momentum.

The Capitals score with just 3:02 remaining in the game.

"We've thought about different things, but for me and our staff, we don't feel it's a personnel issue with how things are going", he said. "We talked about this, you've got to make them chase the game. We need guys [to score], and I thought [Stamkos] did a good job shooting the puck today". "All our lines have contributed all throughout the playoffs".

The final out of the game came four hours and 32 minutes after the opening pitch at 8:08 p.m., well after the last trains of the day had left the nearest Metro station.

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