On other hand, Capitals have won first two games on the road twice previously in their history -- 1996 conference quarterfinals vs. Pittsburgh and 2003 conference quarterfinals vs. Tampa Bay -- and lost both series in six. games.
WTOPThe Washington Capitals scored in the opening minute of the game and twice in the last 1:02 of the second period to pull away to a 6-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Sunday night and a 2-0 lead in the Eastern Conference final.
by WTOP News5/14/2018 3:54:54 AM
Tonight was the 96th game of Ovechkin's season (regular-season & playoffs combined). It's the most games he's played in a single campaign. In his 96th game of the year (he's played in all of them) the 32-year-old was effective both with and without the puck. twitter.com/BenRaby31/stat…
#ALLCAPS Trotz on Ovi: "When Alex is playing that way, he's a force. He gets a lot of credit for what he does offensively, but he's adding the other elements and the necessary details you need to win in the playoffs. There's no cheat. When he does that, he's pretty hard to stop."
#ALLCAPS Barry Trotz on Lars Eller being built for the playoffs: "He's big and strong, he's got some experience, he's very competitive, he's got a good skillset and he's playing that way. We've had guys step up and he's one of the guys that has stepped up in a major way for us."
"I feel at home with this team. I've had a clearly defined role. I've enjoyed playing in Barry's system. There are a lot of things that have come together for me... I have good support all around me and good stability." -#ALLCAPS Lars Eller on why he's enjoyed success w @Capitals