Jon Cooper walked into the locker room and didn't get the sense Lightning players were down in the dumps about losing the first two games of the Eastern Conference final. But if Kucherov even received a phone call from the NHL Department of Player Safety, the conversation was little more than a "Hi, how are ya?" for there he was in the lineup on Tuesday.
Backstrom blocked a shot by Penguins defenseman Justin Schultz in Game 5 of their semifinal series, and has worn a brace on his hand since then.
Eller's first penalty led to Tampa Bay's second goal, via Nikita Kucherov.
"A big thing for us, and I think it's worked I guess in the three games, is the team that really gets the lead is the team that's in the driver's seat", Cooper said. "We didn't get 113 points by playing that way". But the key to the Game 3 victory was Tampa Bay's refusal to squander that effort from their stars, both offensively and defensively.
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That is exactly why containing LeBron needs to remain the sole priority of the Boston defense and starting five in Game 2. While at Kansas, Marcus Morris averaged 12.6 points and 6.2 rebounds per game according to sportsreference.com .
With Holtby pulled for an extra skater late in the third, Evgeny Kutnetzov scored at 16:58 off of T.J. Oshie's feed to narrow the deficit to two goals.
Win a fourth straight game without Nick Backstorm.
Now, the series shifts to Capital One Arena, where Washington is just 3-3 this postseason. The Capitals captain is second in goals scored behind Winnipeg's Mark Scheifele (12). He's now picked up six points during his five-game point streak.
Oh knows Washington has used an early offensive burst to take command in each of the first two meetings. "We're going to need that to keep going". Forcing your opponent to change their style is a great success and at this point its a high risk high reward move for the Lightning, which will possibly lead to them allowing a ton of shots, so a good game by Holtby should be able to put them up 3-0. They will set out to show the home crowd that Tuesday's special teams shortcomings were an aberration. "Obviously, you can see we didn't score, they scored". "Not good enough for power play, but we will be better for sure".