The Washington Capitals outscored the Lightning 10-4 to take a 2-0 series lead, which had many viewers thinking the series was all but over. "Usually there's a different hero every single night".
Both Kucherov and Stamkos thrive on pre-shot movement to score their goals, especially on the man advantage, so getting those passes through Washington's defenders is extremely important for them in this series. "That's how we've advanced". Overall, the Lightning have kept scoring chance totals pretty close in this series, but through the first two games they were getting a lot of static shots that Braden Holtby was able to get set for, while the Capitals were getting their passes through the Lightning defence with relative ease. Stamkos passed back to Hedman at the blue line on that play in the second period. Kucherov went top shelf, beating Holtby with a one-timer on his glove side 1:50 into the frame.
In the first two games, Washington scored goals in the waning seconds of a period in each game. He hovered between the circles toward the Capitals' goal before receiving a feed from Kucherov. They also surrendered a six-on-five goal to Evgeny Kuznetsov with 3:02 left that made things interesting in the final minutes. We will be better next game.
"We were just off a little bit", Trotz said.
Washington registered 14 first-period shots without scoring. "I'm very happy with the way we played from start to finish".