The Washington Capitals have lost game three of there Eastern Conference Final against the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-2. The Capitals still lead the series 2-1 and look to bounce back Thursday for another home game.
The Capitals still played a great game tonight, but made stupid mistakes taking bad penalties against a team with the best power-play in the NHL. The Capitals outshot Tampa 38-23 and out hit Tampa 33-22, but still fell short tonight.
Tampa started off the first period scoring after Steven Stamkos scored on the power-play. Later in the second the period the Capitals allowed Tampa to score two more goals for a 3-0 lead with goals from Nikita Kucherov and Victor Hedman. Halfway through the second period Brett Connolly scored to shorten the lead by two, but Braden Point a goal for a 4-1 lead going into the third.
The Capitals fought hard all period to try to make a comeback in a rocking Capital One Arena, but Tampa did a great job blocking shots and Andre Vasilevsky played a great game tonight. He stopped 36 shots and had a lot of great help from his defensive. Tampa blocked 18 shots compared to Washington’s 7.
Another focus point for next game is faceoffs. They won 57% of the faceoffs and couldn’t win one when it mattered. Hopefully the Capitals use tonight’s game as a learning game and come out on Thursday strong.