But the party had to end.
Still, all Tampa Bay had to do was make a play.
The Capitals jumped out to a 4-0 lead and held on to top the Lightning 4-2 in Game One of the Eastern Conference Final in Tampa. Braden Holtby has given up 25 goals on 332 shots faced and Philipp Grubauer has allowed eight goals on 49 shots. "Obviously, there was a lot of emotions through our locker room after that series win. We just went right back to work, and I think the guys responded well tonight".
Friday's 4-2 victory over the Lightning was sublime - most of the time.
"For the most part, that's the best we played through the neutral zone", said defenseman John Carlson. "We didn't get much forecheck going".
According to the team's website, Capitals fans can't wear red or anything adorned with the team's logo if their seats that are in the Lightning's Lexus Lounge. Washington built a 4-0 lead, as Tampa Bay stumbled and looked slow, barely able to get shots off, with two in the first and eight in the second. It just happened so quickly that it's tough to get body position, especially when [Lars] Eller is trying to set a pick there.
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The Capitals have never won the Stanley Cup in the franchise's 43 years. "The crowd was kind of stunned a little bit". Washington leads the best of seven series, 1-0. The Bolts will have to repeat the script from their second-round series against the Boston Bruins, in which they lost Game 1, to draw even against the Capitals, or else this could be a surprisingly short series. The Washington Capitals are averaging 3.1 goals per game and are scoring on 22.5 percent of their power play opportunities.
"We tried to create a momentum on our side and not give them life", Ovechkin said. "Everybody was paying the price".
Stamkos said there were no excuses for coming out flat in Game 1 after a long layoff between series.
"We're in the conference final. We were just a step behind on our reads today". They earned their breaks. At the defensive end of the ice, during the postseason, they have been above average so far as they come in ranked 5th in goals allowed, giving up 2.62 gpg, while also ranking 3rd in shots allowed (29.4 spg) and 8th in penalty kill, allowing teams to convert on 21.7% of their chances.
The Caps were up 1-0 when Tampa Bay appeared to score. Not so against the Capitals. The Lightning are 8-1 in their last 9 Sunday games, 2-5 in their last 7 Conference Finals games and 38-15 in their last 53 home games.
"We've relied on our depth all season, we've relied on our experience all season", Stamkos says. There's really nothing that we're going to throw at them that they're going to be surprised about. "And this is the result you get".