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Capitals vs. Lightning Game One Recap: Bolts Bested by Beagle and the Caps

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Washington steals Game One in Tampa Bay 4 to 2 on the back of a Jay Beagle game winner

NHL: Stanley Cup Playoffs-Washington Capitals at Tampa Bay Lightning Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

After vanquishing Columbus and Pittsburgh in consecutive series The Tampa Lightning played host to Washington. The Capitals rode a strong offensive outing from their entire lineup to a 4 to 2 victory.

Here’s Friday night's Plus/Minus:

Plus: Washington came into Amalie Arena and put down a statement in Game One.

Minus: Alex Chiasson was the weakest link amongst the forwards. Two minor penalties including one of the inexcusable variety that led directly to a Lightning tally.

Nine more notes on the game.

  1. Before the game’s ten minute mark Michal Kempny put the Capitals ahead with his first career Stanley Cup Playoff goal. With Washington’s offense pressing early Kempny’s wrist shot from the blue line found its way through traffic and around Andrei Vasilevskiy.
  2. With seven seconds left in the first Nikita Kucherov finished a gorgeous semi-breakaway against Braden Holtby but the goal (and celebration) was immediately rescinded due to a Tampa Bay Too Many Men minor.
  3. And three seconds after that Alex Ovechkin ripped home his ninth of the postseason to put Washington ahead by two. A faceoff win from T.J. Oshie allowed Evgeny Kuznetsov to put the puck on a platter for Ovechkin and he hit his mark.
  4. And less than three minutes into the middle frame Jay Beagle poked a puck between Vasilevskiy legs to extend Washington’s lead to three. Brett Connolly and Dmitry Orlov picked up assists on the play.
  5. Minutes later, with Kucherov in the penalty box, Lars Eller slammed home an Oshie rebound for the Capitals’ fourth. A flubbed Ovechkin shot caught everyone off guard, allowing Eller to bury a juicy rebound above the crease.
  6. Louis Domingue would relieve Vasilevskiy in the Lightning crease after forty minutes of play. Vasilevskiy ended the night with 21 saves and four goals against.
  7. Early in the third period Steven Stamkos put the Lightning on the board with a power play goal. With Chiasson in the penalty box Stamkos finished a cross ice Kucherov pass to cut into the Capitals’ lead.
  8. Ondrej Palat would reduce Washington’s lead to two with seven minutes to play, firing home a sharp shot shortside against Holtby.
  9. The Lightning would pull Domingue late in the third period but couldn’t pierce Holtby or the Capitals further.