Tampa Bay Lighting Hope To Bounce Back in Game 3

Capitals jump out to 2-0 series lead, return home for Game 3 tonight

Capitals jump out to 2-0 series lead, return home for Game 3 tonight

"We're here for a reason". He wants the Lightning to be feeling better but not too good still down 2-1.

Washington has outscored the Lightning 10-4 despite playing without center Nicklas Backstrom (right hand injury).

In the first two games, Washington scored goals in the waning seconds of a period in each game.

He had to be particularly good late in the game after Evgeny Kuznetsov (no surprise) found paydirt from a dirty angle for his sixth point in the series with Washington's net empty.

But the offensive depth that helped them get through the first two rounds in five games apiece returned with Hedman and Brayden Point scoring just Tampa Bay's second and third even-strength goals in the series. Cooper knows the only way his team will be able to bounce back is if they get back to the type of play they have displayed in all but the first two games of this series.

But those shots weren't coming on odd-man rushes or high percentage parts of the ice: The Capitals had the fewest high-danger chances (six) of the series. The Lightning extended their streak of consecutive games with a power-play goal to seven and have 11 total in that time.

Moreover, with the power-play goal - the 10th of his postseason career - Stamkos passed Martin St. Louis to become Tampa Bay's all-time leading playoff power-play scorer, at 25 points, per Bryan Burns.

Washington goalie Braden Holtby stopped 19 shots.

One bright note for the Lightning, the last time they lost two straight home playoff games, in the 2015 conference final against the New York Rangers (Games 4 and 6), they won the series in seven games. The Capitals are 3-0 without him, including Games 1 and 2 against the Lightning in this best-of-7 series.

"A big thing for us, and I think it's worked I guess in the three games, is the team that really gets the lead is the team that's in the driver's seat", Cooper said. "We haven't had to really deal with that so far in the playoffs". We rely on him a ton, he's a horse and most nights if he's going well, we're going well as a team. Visit SportsLine now to get the value side of Tuesday's Lightning-Capitals game from a data scientist who is hitting 76 percent of his National Hockey League playoff picks.

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