Oshie, and on the power-play unit. Washington outscored Tampa Bay a combined 7-1 during 5-on-5 in Games 1 and 2.
4 on 3 for the Bolts.
After the Capitals jumped out to an early series lead with an impressive Game 1 victory on the road, some wondered whether it was just a fluke case of Tampa Bay being rusty after a quick second-round series against Boston.
This was the first game the Capitals have lost since Nicklas Backstrom left Game 5 against Pittsburgh with an upper-body injury. It wasn't flawless, but the Lightning began to make it up to Vasilevskiy for hanging him out to dry on so many odd-man rushes in Games 1 and 2 by improving their defensive-zone play.
There's an argument that they could have given him the night off on Tuesday to promote further healing with the team holding a healthy 2-0 lead series lead.
And another Lightning goal! He took a feed from Hedman, converting for his 10th career postseason power-play goal-a franchise record.
Puck drops on the second period. The Bolts suffered a gut punch in Game 1, and came back to win. Still scoreless in the first.
In the first two games, Washington scored goals in the waning seconds of a period in each game.
Game on! The puck has officially dropped on Game 3.
The most recent issue is the Eastern Conference finals playoff series between the Capitals and Lightning. With an 11:30 p.m. closing time on weeknights, train-dependent Nationals, Wizards and Capitals fans are sometimes forced to choose between getting home or watching the end of a game.
And Vasilevskiy looked much less tired than he did in the first two games, where he allowed 10 goals in five periods of play and never eclipsed a.850 save percentage.
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