Washington Capitals vs. Tampa Bay Lightning, 5-13-2018 - Expert Prediction

Capitals bust rust, explode early for win in first Conference Final game since 1998

Capitals' Nicklas Backstrom (hand) misses Game 1 against Lightning

Nashville and Winnipeg will decide the final third-round team Thursday in Game 7 of their Western Conference second-round series. Tampa Bay's power play is ranked third, but went 1-for-3 on Friday.

Barry Trotz's Capitals took a 1-0 series lead Friday, as they scored the first four goals in a 4-2 victory at Amalie Arena. However, it's worth noting the Boston Bruins made the Lightning look bad in Game 1 of their second-round series and the Bolts wound up winning the next four games. The Lightning are -190 favorites to win the series with Washington at +165. You enjoy it for a couple days. "I thought a lot of their opportunities we just handed to them, and a lot of our opportunities were stomped out just by our not sticking to our plan of what's worked". I can't see this series going less than six games since the Jets finished second in the west with 114 points, and the Knights right behind them with 109 points.

Since they've already achieved more than anyone thought they would, the Golden Knights should play looser than their opponent in the West final. "I didn't think we were going to have a hangover. And it did tonight". That was never more evident than at the end of the first period, when Tampa appeared to have tied the game at 1-1 on a Nikita Kucherov goal, but the goal was waved off because the Lightning had six skaters on the ice.

"All of those things combined, you have a chance every night if you do that".

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"It's tough, especially when there is not much time left in the period. We're going to have to stay focused, not get ahead of ourselves", Oshie concluded.

"I f-- up", Kucherov told The Athletic Saturday.

"It's a little bit of a chess match", Carlson said. When you have the chance to step on the neck of your opponent and take a 2-0 series lead in their building, you can not pass that up. Eller has even filled well on the top unit in place of Nicklas Backstrom, who has missed the last two games with an upper-body injury.

Although offense was the story for most of their second-round showdown, the Golden Knights put on a defensive show in Game 6 to finish off the Sharks by a 3-0 score. Andrei Vasilevskiy has given up 26 goals on 326 shots faced and Louis Domingue has allowed zero goals on seven shots.

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"We were crying tears of joy and letting out high pitched screams and being the most excited we've ever been in our lives", Wood said about their immediate reaction to the win. Everybody was all in and everybody was paying the price. "I played two periods, so I guess I have to be better next game". They had killed off just 74.2 percent of their penalties in the first two rounds, and finished 28th in the regular season on the kill. "We beat Boston, and Washington came and just slapped us".

"I was trying to jump in the play and do something like him, shoot the puck". "They were that close to being where they are now if some breaks here and there had have gone their way".

"We can't keep playing with fire", he said. "You can play the flawless game and still not win, but at least you give your chance to win".

Game two of the best-of-seven National Hockey League series is Sunday in Tampa. That loss had an effort Cooper and his players could be satisfied with.

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Tampa Bay entered the playoffs as the best 5-on-5 team in hockey.

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