The Washington Capitals have beaten the Tampa Bay Lightning in game one of the Eastern Conference finals 4-2. The Capitals played a great overall game from top line to fourth.
The Capitals came out strong from the start of the game outshooting Tampa Bay nine to two, and scored twice in the first period. The first goal came from Michal Kempny scoring his first ever playoff goal in the first five minutes of the game.
Later Alex Ovechkin scored a power play goal with fives second remaining in the first period. Ovechkins goal came from a beautiful pass from Kuznetsov to give Ovechkin an easy one-timer to give the Capitals a 2-0 lead after the first.
The Capitals continued to be the dominating in the second period outshooting Tampa Bay 16 to eight.
The Capitals kept scoring with a gritty goal from Jay Beagle after he fought off two Tampa defensemen for a 3-0 Capitals lead. Later in the third Lars Eller scored fourth goal of the playoffs for a 4-0 Capitals lead after the second period.
The third period was a little rough. The Capitals where outshot 11 to seven, and they let in two goals from Steven Stamkos and Ondrej Palat.
Overall the Capitals looked great outworking the Lightning in ever aspect of the game. They out hit; out shot and the power play looked amazing scoring two power play goals out of four chances.
Braden Holtby continued to be dominate stopping 19 shots and letting one in on the power play. Holtby looked calm and confident and had great re-bound control all night.
Hopefully the Capitals keep there momentum going and will continues to play this way Sunday for game two.