Backstrom out again for Capitals in Game 3 against Lightning

Ruben Hill
May 16, 2018

Fans at Capital One Arena were ready Tuesday to celebrate the team's first conference finals home game in 20 years.

Tampa Bay won for the first time in the series and will try to pull even in Game 4, which is set for Thursday night in Washington.

The team has jumped out to an early 2-0 series lead over the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Eastern Conference Finals and will return home to Washington tonight at 8:00 p.m. for Game Three.

Hedman had the primary assist on power-play goals by Steven Stamkos and Nikita Kucherov and was a key part of three big penalty kills that gave Tampa Bay some much-needed momentum. The Capitals had only six shots in the third period until the waning minutes, and Vasilevskiy stopped all except one of 13 by period's end.

Brett Connolly and Evgeny Kuznetsov scored for Washington. The Capitals are 3-0 without him, including Games 1 and 2 against the Lightning in this best-of-7 series.

There was a time when the Washington Capitals couldn't be trusted to advance past the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs.

Less than two minutes after Kucherov's goal, Tampa Bay made it 3-0 when defenseman Victor Hedman scored off a wrist shot. The Lightning extended their streak of consecutive games with a power-play goal to seven and have 11 total in that time. He took a feed from Hedman, converting for his 10th career postseason power-play goal - a franchise record. Alex Ovechkin and Kuznetsov combined for 21 shots on goal.

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