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The history of the Washington Capitals is filled with painful elimination games on home ice. From the 1980's until last season, the Capitals have created new and painful ways to lose important games
Andrei Vasilevskiy had what might be the best game of his young career on Thursday night to lead the Tampa Bay Lightning to a victory to even the Eastern Conference Finals.
Road sites in the National Hockey League are famed for harsh welcomes to the visitors. However, you would not guess that watching the Eastern Conference Finals. The Washington Capitals lead the Tampa Bay Lightning two games to one and the road team has won every game played to this point.
The Capitals took their 2-0 series lead back to the Nation's Capital for the first Eastern Conference Finals game in DC since Dominik Hasek and Olaf Kolzig battled on June 2nd, 1998. The Lightning needed an answer to the surging Caps. And they found one in their headline players.
For the vast majority of the first two periods Sunday night, the Tampa Bay Lightning looked like they’d made some clear adjustments to the Washington Capitals based on their game one loss. In the final 1:02 of the second period, it started to unravel.
The Capitals thrived off of the Lightning’s mistakes, playing the kind of well-researched and well-prepared playoff hockey Lightning fans were just starting to associate with their own team.
The Tampa Bay Lightning claimed an impressive win in Boston on Wednesday night with their top line held quiet. Staring down a potential road sweep, the Lightning took to the ice with their top men on the prowl for another win against the Bruins in TD Garden.
At 2-1, the series is still very much up in the air and can change shape in a hurry. In honor of Game Four, our preview includes four different ways one can look at the Bolts and Bruins.
Lightning fans got some big news Thursday morning, that Steven Stamkos will be good to go for the Bolts' playoff run.
The Lightning begin their playoff run tonight at Amalie Arena against the New Jersey Devils.