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"We're in the conference finals, and we didn't treat it that way".

"It's unfortunate how we've played these Game Ones the last couple of rounds", says Tampa Bay coach Jon Cooper, "and dug ourselves a small hole in the series".

Game 2 is tonight at Amalie Arena, where Tampa Bay also lost Game 1 in the second round against Boston.

In the second period, "Tampa" continued "yawn" attack "Washington".

As the Lightning saw in Game 1, when they were limited to 21 shots and had 19 shots blocked, this is a Capitals team that puts defence above everything else.

The Capitals got off to a 2-0 lead in the first period.

Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals celebrates a goal.

When asked his reaction to being pulled for backup Louis Domingue, he said, "Umm ..."

Backstrom traveled with the team to Tampa Bay, but is still considered day-to-day.

Washington did a great job dictating pace through the first 40 minutes.

The other goal, a back-breaking power-play goal by Ovechkin with two seconds left in the first period, was Ovi being Ovi.

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"The Tampa players should be ashamed of themselves", Don Cherry said Saturday during the Coach's Corner segment on Hockey Night in Canada. However, Detroit swept Washington in four games.

The Lightning had not played since last Sunday, when it eliminated the Bruins, but Stamkos said the layoff could not be used as an excuse.

Eller has moved up a line in Backstrom's absence, and he delivered his usual beastly performance on Friday.

Steven Stamkos had a chance to at an early goal when he broke in alone on Holtby, but his chance at a quality shot ended when he was hooked by Matt Niskanen. At even-strength, Eller was on the ice for 18 shot attempts for and 13 against, giving him a 58.06 percent CorsiFor percentage.

"There were two days at the end of the regular season where we sat down and we really focused on our D-zone and really focused on what we have to do to succeed", said Capitals forward T.J. Oshie.

To add insult to the no-goal, the Caps scored six seconds later. The Lightning had just erased a spectacular Nikita Kucherov goal with a too many men on the ice penalty.

The Capitals are making sure they take advantage of their opportunities, too. But this year, they did. The Capitals kicked off the scoring at the 7:28 mark of the first period when Michal Kempny got his first goal of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Need more proof? The Caps are finally getting bounces to go their way.

Taking the loss in game one was Andrei Vasilevskiy, who allowed four goals on 25 shot attempts to fall to 8-3 with a 2.43 GAA and a.920 save percentage in the postseason this year and 12-8 with a 2.63 GAA and a.920 save percentage in the postseason in his career.

Alex Killorn knew exactly where the puck was going.


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