Backstrom remains day to day for Capitals in Eastern Conference Final

NHL Playoffs 2018: Capitals' Nicklas Backstrom, Andre Burakovsky game-time decisions for Game 1 against Lightning

Trotz said he was optimistic the 30-year-old center will be able to play at some point in the Eastern Conference Final against the Tampa Bay Lightning, but did not specify if there's a chance he'll play in Game 2 at Amalie Arena on Sunday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS). They opened the game with four unanswered goals to win 4-2 in a game where the game wasn't as close as the score suggests. "We didn't stick to our game plan". The Tampa Bay Lighting are averaging 3.5 goals per game and are scoring on 23.9 percent of their power play opportunities. On the ensuing faceoff, Ovechkin wired a quick pass from Kuznetsov past a stunned Vasilevskiy with 5.3 seconds to go in the first.

The Lightning dropped the opener of a series for the second straight round. Stamkos called his team a "calm group", twice. Louis Domingue came in to start the third period for the Lightning.

"We were six men by a mile, so I don't think anyone was too fired up about the goal". We'll look to be better. Washington has to be pleased with how Game 1 went. Braden Holtby made 19 saves in the winning effort.

Added Lightning winger Ryan Callahan: "We've just got to put it behind us".

That means breaking out with speed and competing harder, if you ask Stamkos. "I think he kind of falls in the shadow a little bit of our other two centermen, who are world-class players in [Evgeny Kuznetsov] and Backy, but Lars has been a very, very big part of our team's success this year, and he comes to work every single day". Credit them, they broke the puck out really well against us and took away our speed through the neutral zone. "In hindsight, we were in this same position in the last round and found a way to respond". The Tampa Bay Lightning have played in three of the last four.

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A minute later Arnautovic showed his threat as he beat United's back three before firing a cross towards the near post. Just after the hour mark, Antonio Valencia sent in a good cross which Pogba headed just wide.


"We've relied on our depth all season, we've relied on our experience all season", Stamkos says. We've been in this situation before, unfortunately.

"This is one we've been in before, so we just need to play better". "We're gonna keep going here".

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Tampa reached the Eastern Conference finals for a third time in four seasons and the fourth time since 2011. Defensively, the Tampa Bay Lighting are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 76.1 percent of their opponents power plays. "You play knowing the situation and you play with that healthy anxiousness, if you will, to get back and even the series up".

TAMPA-Will Nicklas Backstrom return at some point during the Washington - Tampa Bay series? "And we have a lot more to do".

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