Lightning lacks energy and intensity in loss to Capitals in Game 1

Lightning lacks energy and intensity in loss to Capitals in Game 1

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Instead, Capitals star Alex Ovechkin blasted a one-timer 1.3 seconds after the faceoff, a devastating dagger in a dominating 4-2 victory over the Lightning in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference final.

Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals celebrates. Just more winning hockey.

The Lightning had a potential game-tying goal by Nikita Kucherov with 8 seconds left in the first period waved off because Kucherov was the sixth man on the ice.

Following an emotional second-round series win against the Pittsburgh Penguins earlier this week - the first time that Ovechkin had gained the upper hand on Sidney Crosby - the talk had been about how the Capitals might have emptied the tank.

"We had a really good start". For much of the night, they weren't able to forecheck the Caps defenders before the puck was moved out of the Washington end.

The two power-play goals might have been the difference-maker in a two-score margin. "It doesn't matter which position we are, which round it is". It's effort. Everybody was paying the price.

Stamkos tallied just 3:45 into the third period to put the Lightning on the board.

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"It's just one game. But we didn't do anything to earn our breaks", Lightning coach Jon Cooper said.

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Tampa reached the Eastern Conference finals for a third time in four seasons and the fourth time since 2011. And now they're up 1-0 in the series, a mere three wins away from the franchise's second Stanley Cup Final appearance.

The Capitals, who out-shot the Lightning 25-10 through 40 minutes, kept pouring it on in the second period.

If the Western Conference series goes the maximum seven games, that series would end Thursday, May 24.

"That gave us a real boost. gave us some breathing room", Capitals coach Barry Trotz said.

When Tampa needed a goal late, they could not find it. Washington did not allow a shot on goal in the final three minutes of the game. Up to that point, the Lightning - the NHL's highest-scoring team during the regular season - had allowed as many goals as they had shots. The referees got together and found out the Lightning had six players on the ice at the time of the goal.

In attacking the game, the Capitals demoralized the Lightning.

Stamkos and Kucherov had one shot between them in the first two periods.

Game 1 in the Western Conference Final starts at 7 p.m. ET Saturday.

The Bolts are even restricting ticket sales - only making them available on the team site and on Ticketmaster to folks with a Florida zip code.

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