Lightning (A1) vs. Capitals (M1)- For the first time in 19 years, the Washington Capitals will be playing in the conference finals. After being forgotten this season, the Capitals put together arguably their most impressive season in the Ovechkin-era. Just more winning hockey.
The Lightning are in the Conference final for the third time in four years but it didn't look like it Friday as they pulled starting goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy at the end of the second period with the score 4-0.
It was a lackluster first period for the Lightning, which had not played since clinching their semifinal series with Boston on Sunday. "Having good young players is a great place to start, and you see that the teams that have good young players have gotten good fast". I'll give Vegas some credit for making it this far as an expansion team, and so I'll go as far as giving them two wins. It's effort. Everybody was paying the price.
Washington survived a thriller of a series against Pittsburgh and should be competitive in this series, but coming off a grueling seven games and facing a well-rested Tampa Bay Team at Amalie Arena is too tall of a task.
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Western Conference: (P1) Vegas Golden Knights vs (C2) Winnipeg Jets: Raise your hand if you had the Vegas Golden Knights and the Winnipeg Jets in the Western Conference Finals before the season began. The puck drops in Game 1 of this 2018 National Hockey League playoffs series at 8 p.m. ET. Immediately after that bad break for the Lightning, Alex Ovechkin scored a power play goal to make it 2-0 Washington. This was the first appearance of the postseason for Domingue, who hadn't seen game action since April 7.
"They're all good stories", Washington head coach Barry Trotz said.
Jay Beagle made it 3-0 on a broken passing play. The 30-year-old center had 71 points in 81 games during the regular season.
Kempny opened the scoring just 7:28 into the game for his first goal of the postseason. As if stopping Steven Stamkos and Nikita Kucherov with any consistency isn't hard enough, the play of Brayden Point, Ondrej Palat and J.T. Miller through the first two rounds of the post-season gives reason to believe the entire Lightning top-six will give even the best of defensive units fits.
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The Capitals, who outshot the Lightning 25-10 through 40 minutes, kept pouring it on in the second period.
Alex Ovechkin leads the Caps in playoff goals with eight and points with 15. "It doesn't matter which position we are, what round it is". We've been in this situation before, unfortunately. Marc-Andre Fleury has recorded four shutouts in 10 games, but he is about to be battled tested and face five to ten times better snipers in this round compared to the first two rounds combined like Patrik Laine, Paul Stastny, Mark Scheifele, and Dustin Byfuglien. This is not the first time these two teams have met in the playoffs, but it may be one of the most exciting. Dmitry Orlov deftly shook off a defender high in the Tampa Bay zone, carving out some time and space for himself between the circles. They fell short in a six-game loss to Chicago in the 2015 Finals with this core, led by Steven Stamkos and Victor Hedman. If they can get Nicklas Backstrom back for Game 3, and that is a big if, then Washington has a legitimate shot at the Cup.
Washington dethroned the two-time defending champion Pittsburgh Penguins in six games to advance to the final four. He had 13 points in 11 playoff games before his injury in Game 5 against the Penguins.
Winnipeg Jets advance to NHL Western Conference final
The way the six games have gone thus far it is very hard , if not impossible to choose what will happen in tonight's game. There have been 170 game sevens all-time... - Nice piece in The Athletic on Terry Crisp and his memories of game sevens.
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