Both teams came out swinging in the second frame like perky pugilists.
Tampa continued to burn Washington for nearly each and every penalty. On the power play, Nikita Kucherov smashed home a one-timer from the right circle to make it 2-0 Lightning.
Kucherov on the power play and it’s 2-0 Tampa pic.twitter.com/BLUIVrys9o— Pete Blackburn (@PeteBlackburn) May 16, 2018
Just two minutes later, Victor Hedman threw his salt on the wound, pounding home a perfect pass across the high slot to make it 3-0.
Great feed by Kucherov sets up Hedman for a wide open net pic.twitter.com/xYnqLk3aDA— Pete Blackburn (@PeteBlackburn) May 16, 2018
Washington answered back, as Brett Connolly one-timed a beauty of his own to bring the Capitals within two, 3-1.
Brett Connolly gets the Capitals on the board pic.twitter.com/SHsRAlHVT2— Pete Blackburn (@PeteBlackburn) May 16, 2018
But Tampa thundered You Shall Not Pass, and Brayden Point snuck a fourth net-denter past Braden Holtby to send the Caps to the locker room down 4-1 after two.
Third period ahead...