Lightning take lead on Capitals after phantom penalties, Ovechkin sarcastically claps

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The reference being, of course, the Lightning was going to take care of business in its own building.

Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8) celebrates with center Evgeny Kuznetsov (92) after Ovechkin scored against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the third period of Game 2 of the NHL Eastern Conference finals hockey playoff series Sunday, May 13, 2018, in Tampa, Fla. How good are the Capitals?

For the vast majority of the first two periods Sunday night, the Tampa Bay Lightning looked like they'd made some clear adjustments to the Washington Capitals based on their game one loss.

"It's hard to compare different series, but they're doing a good job". "When you're at home and you drop the first two, it's disappointing". A phantom high-sticking call on T.J. Oshie once again put Washington on the penalty kill-replay showed it was the puck that hit defenseman Victor Hedman in the mouth-which allowed the Lightning to take a 2-1 lead on Steven Stamkos's power play goal. The Tampa Bay Lighting have allowed three or more goals in six of their last 11 games.

Just 28 seconds in, Washington scored when Wilson deflected a shot from Matt Niskanen, which went past Vasilevskiy.

Columnist Tom Jones and staff writer Roger Mooney break down the Lightning's 6-2 loss in Game 2 and Tampa Bay's predicament heading to Washington.

But Cooper felt the game was swung when the Lightning's 2-1 lead was erased after their top line failed to convert a 3-on-1, and Devante Smith-Pelly, a fourth-liner for the Capitals, tied the game on another odd-man rush.

No, they didn't prepare for any of this, not after dominating the Boston Bruins in the second round and the New Jersey Devils in the first round, winning each series in five games.

Ovechkin, playing in the conference final for the first time, also had a goal and an assist in Washington's 4-2 victory in Game 1.

The Capitals are bottling up the Lightning offense, limiting the time and space the scorers have with the puck. That came after a 71-point (21 goals, 50 assists) performance in 81 regular season games.

"The big thing is this group has proven that we can play the right way, the way that we need to in order to give ourselves a chance to win a game", McDonagh said.

If there was an award for best second year player in the league, Brayden Point would get my vote ... Never before have two teams that play out of a city starting with a "W" met before in a battle for the Cup.

But the Lightning is playing that way now. He doesn't want to take more power away from the officials.

NOTES: Before Sunday night, the Lightning had won Game 2 of a series five consecutive times after losing Game 1. Defensively, the Tampa Bay Lighting are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 76.1 percent of their opponents power plays.

The Lightning responded, taking the lead less than 10 1/2 minutes into the game. "These first two games, that's the way we've played".

"You win the [next] game", Cooper said. Capitals G Braden Holtby made 33 saves on 35 shots in Game Two at Tampa Bay; he has a.926 save percentage in 14 playoff games.

Vasilevskiy was pulled from the opener after facing 25 shots in two periods, but the Lightning didn't pin the loss on him.

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