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Caps Drop Game 3 to Lightning

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May 16, 2018 - 9:27 am

By Austin Medina

Can we go back to Tampa Bay?

The Capitals dropped Game 3 to the Lightning 4-2 in Washington Monday night. It was their fourth home loss of the postseason, as it appears the Caps prefer playing on the road. They took the first two games in Tampa, outscoring the Lightning by six goals combined.

Tampa came out hot in Washington as star captain Steven Stamkos struck first in the 1st period.

The Lightning continued their momentum with a goal with 18:10 left in the second period by Nikita Kucherov. Both goals for Tampa came on power plays, as the Caps were literally outmanned and down 2-0 early.

Kucherov assisted a third goal just two minutes as Victor Hedman gave the Lightning a commanding 3-0 lead. The Caps showed fight, putting pressure on Tampa’s defense the entire game. Lightning goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy shut down the Caps offense, saving 36 of 38 shots for the game. He also saved seven of seven power play shots from Washington.

Brett Connolly broke through, putting the Caps on the board midway in the second period.

The score became 3-1 but it wasn’t for long as the Lightning responded with a Brayden Point score.

A late 3rd period goal by Evgeny Kuznetsov made the score 4-2 as the Lightning would eventually secure the win.

The Caps have a Game 4 Wednesday night in Washington and need to defend home-court. If the Caps can go back to Tampa Bay up 3-1, winning on the road is clearly plausible for them. They are just two wins away from the Stanley Cup Final. Tune in Wednesday night at 8 pm.