Capitals force Game 7 after 3-0 win over Lightning

May 22, 2018 - 11:30 am

With their playoff hopes on the line, the Washington Capitals come through on home ice, forcing a Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final on Wednesday night in Tampa Bay.

The Capitals out-performed the Lightning all night on Monday, out-shooting the Bolts 34-24 in the win. Washington also got two goals from T.J. Oshie in its 3-0 win in Game 6 at Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C.

After a scoreless first period that saw the Capitals out-shoot the Lightning 8-6, Washington got their first quality scoring chance on the power play after a Braydon Coburn hooking penalty. Over a minute into the man advantage, Nicklas Backstrom used his patience with the puck to allow some space to open up for a pass to Oshie in the slot. Even with three Lighning defenders around him, Oshie let go of a quick, one-time snap shot that beat Andrei Vasilevskiy on the glove side.

Vasilevskiy was about the only reason why the game did not get out of hand for the Lightning after 40 minutes of play. The 23-year-old netminder stood on his head, making 22 saves on 23 shots faced in the first two periods while facing an onslaught of Washington chances.

At the 10:02 mark of the third period, Washington gave itself some wiggle room as Devante Smith-Pelly scored his fourth goal of the postseason. After Chandler Stephenson made a great effort to cancel out an icing call, Jay Beagle managed to keep the puck alive in the offensive zone. Beagle fed the puck down low to Stephenson, who threw a no-look pass to Smith-Pelly, who one-timed his shot past the blocker of Vasilevskiy for the 2-0 lead.

Oshie put the icing on the cake in the dying seconds of the game, adding an empty-net goal to give the Capitals the 3-0 lead and win.

Braden Holtby was stellar in net for the Capitals, stopping all 24 shots he faced in the win.

Faceoff for Game 7 on Wednesday night at Amalie Arena in Tampa Bay is set for 8 p.m. Be sure to catch all of the action on WGR Sports Radio 550.

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