Didn’t watch the game as I was working but caught the highlights and read enough about what happened to get the gist of the game. Vasilevskiy lets a quick one by him to open the game. OH BOY. Not the bounce back that Tampa needed after being shocked in game 1. Don’t want to harp too much on Vasy being tired but the the guy has played 77 games this season and is definitely not used to that kind of workload.
To Tampa’s credit they bounced back as Washington played an undisciplined game and took 3 penalties in the first. The lightning scored on 2 of the powerplays to take the lead including a beauty one timer by Stammer. The Lightning pp is honestly so filthy. Stammer and Kucherov both firing one timers is so dirty and almost not even fair.
Washington comes out in the second and ties the game on a 2 on 1 on a nice little play with Chiasson setting up Smith-Pelley. With almost a minute left in the second Tampa has a defensive zone breakdown and Vrana makes a beauty feed to Eller to take the lead. Oh great, Tampa gives up another late period goal. Absolutely deflating. Caps take the lead 3-2 and you think okay period over Tampa can still bounce back. Well the period doesn’t end until after Washington scores with about 3 seconds left. Late defensive zone draw with 10 seconds left and you CANNOT become complacent. I think this goal was the back breaker and ended the game right there.
Third period and Ovi puts his mark on the game on a nifty feed from Kuznetsov. Connolly adds a goal with 7 minutes left as Tampa never really came close to making it a game in the end. Crazy to think Nick Backstrom wasn’t even playing but Washington looked like the deeper team. Holtby has been a stud in the playoffs and has bounced back very nicely from a rough regular season. Before the series I thought Tampa would take it but with Washington lifting the Crosby Curse and taking a 2-0 lead it’s finally their time to shine.