Published: Sun, May 13, 2018
Sports | By Johanna Francis

Alex Ovechkin leads way as Capitals take Game 1 of Eastern finals

Alex Ovechkin leads way as Capitals take Game 1 of Eastern finals

It took Alex Ovechkin 13 seasons to reach the Conference Finals.

But the party had to end.

Game 1 wasn't decided by one play, but it may have been decided by three quicks.

What we do know is this: Backstrom did not skate Saturday since the Caps were off following their 4-2 win over the Lightning in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Final.

Evgeny Kuznetsov and T.J. Oshie had two assists apiece and Braden Holtby made 18 saves as the Caps outshot Tampa Bay 32-20, 25-10 after two dominating periods. You enjoy it for a couple days.

"That's a good hockey team over there, and they outplayed us tonight", Stamkos said.

The Capitals played perhaps their best defensive game of the playoffs.

"We were six men by a mile, so I don't think anyone was too fired up about the goal". "Obviously we wanted to go after them in the first period". It's paid dividends for us. At one point, the Capitals had as many goals as the Lightning had shots.

The Washington Capitals have defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Final. Steven Stamkos and Ondrej Palat tried to spark a third period comeback, but it never really got going. Basically, the same reasons I had Washington on Friday night. But that goal was quickly waved off, and two seconds later, Washington had a 2-0 lead, thanks to the NHL's leading goal-scorer from the regular season.

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"It's tough, especially when there is not much time left in the period". They got traffic in front and pucks on goal.

"They're going to have some desperation in their game, and we have to have some desperation in ours", he said. "The crowd was kind of stunned a little bit". Hear all the highlights of Game 1 with John Walton on the call alongside Ken Sabourin on the Capitals Radio Network.

The Lightning dropped the opener of a series for the second straight round.

Stamkos said there were no excuses for coming out flat in Game 1 after a long layoff between series. He injured his hand blocking a shot in Game 5 against the Pittsburgh Penguins, and though he attempted to play through the injury for the rest of that game, he wasn't able to take faceoffs, a limitation that could remain whenever he returns to the lineup.

The Capitals' Michal Kempny started the scoring 7:28 into the first period.

"We know how we have to play and we have to play that way for 60 minutes", Jay Beagle said. "Everybody was paying the price".

"There's nothing we can do about that first game now, that's a good team over there and they deserve that win for sure".

"We're in the conference final".

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