Coming off a convincing Game One victory the Capitals looked to repeat the performance once again on the road. A second period offensive outburst from Washington gave them a lead they would not relinquish on their way to a convincing 6 to 2 Game Two victory.
Here’s Sunday night's Plus/Minus:
Plus: Washington took two games from the Lightning in Tampa Bay to begin their Eastern Conference Finals series.
Minus: T.J. Oshie’s first period minor penalty that directly led to Tampa Bay’s second goal. No comment.
Nine more notes on the game.
- 28 seconds into the contest Matt Niskanen and Tom Wilson connected for an early Washington lead. Niskanen picked the puck off of the boards and fired a shot that Wilson chipped up and over Andrei Vasilevskiy’s glove from thirty feet out.
- The Lightning would quickly cash in on their first power play with Brayden Point depositing a partially blocked shot into a wide open goal. A Steven Stamkos shot created chaos in the slot before Point picked up the puck and knotted the score.
- Tampa Bay also connected on their second power play of the first period, this one courtesy of a phantom high stick from Oshie. The Lightning moved the puck quickly, tying up Washington’s defense long enough for Stamkos to get his chance and he would not miss.
- Less than three minutes into the second period the Capitals would tie the score at two. Alex Chiasson picked up the puck in neutral with speed, powering an odd-man rush alongside Devante Smith-Pelly. Chiasson dished the puck to Smith-Pelly in the slot and he ripped home a shot off of the post and in.
- The Capitals would regain the lead at the game’s 39 minute mark. With Anton Stralman on his butt behind Tampa Bay’s net Jakub Vrana whipped a quick cross-crease pass that Lars Eller slammed home to make it 3 to 2.
- And seconds before the forty minute mark Washington put themselves ahead by two. On a late power play Evgeny Kuznetsov snuck a shot pass from the corner that took a fortuitous Capitals’ bounce under Vasilevskiy and over the goal line.
- That goal marked the second in as many games to be scored by Washington with less than ten seconds to play in a frame. Both tallies were with the man advantage and came immediately after an offensive zone faceoff win.
- Kuznetsov and Alex Ovechkin would extend the Capitals’ lead to three with the latter firing home his tenth postseason goal. A two-on-one break for Russian pair allowed Kuznetsov to dance around a sprawled Stralman before placing a perfect pass to Ovechkin for his finish,
- With seven minutes to play Brett Connolly whipped home his third of the postseason to put the finishing touch on the contest.