Capitals vs Lightning Live NHL Game Watch Online Date Time Tv Info How To Watch Live Alex Ovechkin and Co. certainly got the better of the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 1. Washington took a 4-0 lead through the first two periods and never looked back. Tampa put up a fight late in the first period when they thought they had tied the game at 1, but the goal was disallowed and the Caps took full advantage.
Ovechkin scored a goal and an assist to lead Washington to the 4-2 win. The depth of the Lightning certainly looked like an advantage coming tino the series, but timely contributions from players like Michal Kempny show Washington may be a bit deeper than many people think.
They may have been considered the underdog coming, in, but now Washington has its sights set on a 2-0 series lead.There was a time not all that long ago, back during the days of the “South Least” Division, where a Washington Capitals-Tampa Bay Lightning Eastern Conference final would have sounded like more of a punchline than a prediction. But fast forward a decade-plus and the two squads left standing in the East are former divisional foes from what was once a laughing-stock division.
Since the divisional split, there’s not much history between the two sides, but there are some similarities. Offensively, both are by big-time playmakers and sharpshooting snipers. Defensively, both teams have their deficiencies. In goal, not much has separated the two starters throughout their respective post-season runs. And now leaders of their own divisions — top seeds in the Metropolitan and Atlantic, respectively — whoever wins this battle of the past divisional rivals will win the Eastern Conference crown and earn the chance to hoist the Stanley Cup.
The Capitals might also have the edge if the series ends up boiling down to goaltending. While he didn’t start Game 1 of the post-season, Braden Holtby is ensuring his tough regular season will be forgotten. He’s posted eight wins in 10 starts, all the while boasting a .926 save percentage. But playoff Holtby can be a game-changer in every single start. Only one goaltender with more than 50 games played in NHL playoff history, Tim Thomas, has a better career post-season SP than Holtby’s .931 mark.
Why The Lightning Win If it wasn’t for a lull in the back half of the season, Tampa Bay, who were long seen as the Presidents’ Trophy frontrunners, probably could have sealed the deal and taken the prize as the regular season’s top team. They didn’t, of course, but that they were in the mix speaks to the dominance the Lightning have shown throughout the campaign.