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Capitals' Backstrom misses 4th straight game

Capitals' Backstrom misses 4th straight game

Both teams back to full strength. "We've got some big threats on the power play that can shoot the puck, and that was on display today".

They kept the attack going with first-minute goal in Game 2 on their way to a 6-2 victory. But Tuesday was a different story.

The Lightning rebounded to take a 2-1 lead in the first period of Game Two, but the Capitals responded with 5 unanswered goals to take a convincing 2-0 series lead. Coincidentally, Lars Eller, who had been thriving in Backstrom's usual spot as second-line center, had a rough evening and went to the penalty box three times. Before that, Steven Stamkos opened scoring for the Lightning late in the first period after Braden Holtby was called for tripping. Washington scored twice in the final minute of the second period to break a 2-2 tie and take command the rest of the way.

To Cooper, the issue is that "for two games, we've dried up". "It's how we're playing and our effort, our game plan".

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Tampa Bay Lightning head coach Jon Cooper has always had a special appreciation for Alex Ovechkin.

The Lightning's 50 postseason power-play chances trail only the Capitals (52). Coach Barry Trotz said Backstrom was a game-time decision before each of the games in the conference final.

With Tampa on the power play, Capitals defenseman Brooks Orpik fanned on a clearing attempt down deep. Injured C Nicklas Backstrom (right hand) took part in the Capitals' morning skate but missed his fourth consecutive game. They get that 3-1 goal and the building is kind of hopping a little bit and they pushed. Brett Connolly and Evgeny Kuznetsov add goals for the Capitals in a losing cause. Ovechkin has four points in the first two games of the series, including two goals. "We're going to need that to keep going".

Will the Capitals move within a game of a sweep by winning on their home ice, or will the Lightning fight back into the series with a road win? You never know why it turns so drastically like that when they were so sound against the Bruins. "We can't describe how good he is out there".