Victor Hedman: Comes up big in Game 3 win

Posted May 16, 2018

The Tampa Bay Lightning stunk up its own building the first two games of the Eastern Conference final, losing both games to the Washington Capitals. 3-1, in favor of the Lightning.

"When you're in a situation like we were, we needed to do it tonight". Tampa Bay scores three early goals to beat the Capitals, 4-2 and crawl back into the series. "But we can't do it for one night and be satisfied".

"We know (the Capitals) have a great power play, and they obviously played around in the first two games and got some big goals", Hedman said.

Game 3 will take place Tuesday night at 8 p.m. and the game will be broadcast on NBCSN.

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Barry Trotz after Game 3. And with the big-time save came two big-time plays for the Lightning, which scored twice in the first few minutes of the second period en route to a 4-2 victory.

In the lead and in charge, the Lightning took control of the game with two goals in the first four minutes of the second period. They scored four goals in Tampa. Stick cocked high and feet spread wide, Stamkos tracked defenseman Victor Hedman's pass until it reached his strong side skate.

The Capitals are 0-2 all-time after winning Games 1 and 2 on the road.

"We haven't done anything yet", said Stamkos.

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"We've been committed in front of the net", Holtby said. Brayden Point's goal less than five minutes later allowed the Atlantic Division champions to play with a comfortable lead that survived Evgeny Kuznetsov's 6-on-5 goal with 3:02 remaining.

In the first two games, Washington scored goals in the waning seconds of a period in each contest.

The Saudi-led coalition began its economic and diplomatic boycott of Qatar on June 5 after the country's Emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, allegedly praised Iran, criticized President Trump and threatened to withdraw Qatari ambassadors from several Arab states. We talked about this. That was big for us. "We've got to go out there and win games on the road, and we've done that in the playoffs and we've got to do it again". Pointer getting that fourth one kind of popped the balloon.

Then there was Tampa Bay goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy. Quite the difference from Game 2. "You've got to check in this league". The goals also extended the Lightning's consecutive games with a power-play goal streak to eight. Now that Tampa Bay was in charge, you could feel the knot in the players' stomachs start to loosen. "I think that gives him some confidence, too, that he knows we're on and that's the way it should be". "And that's how it should be". But Washington's power play could not connect on its opportunities the way that Tampa Bay had. Its goalie playing stoutly. That must change in Game 3. They reclaimed their identity and their confidence, correcting their course in effort to reclaim ownership of this series.

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"You just have different threats out there", Stamkos said. "We've made it a series". "That's what we came in here tonight to do".