Stanley Cup Playoffs: Capitals beat Lightning in Game 1

Stanley Cup Playoffs: Capitals beat Lightning in Game 1

May 12 (UPI) — Alex Ovechkin hit a very deep one-timer in the Washington Capitals’ Game 1 win against the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Eastern Conference finals.

The Capitals got the 4-2 win Friday at Amalie Arena in Tampa, Fla.

“I think obviously we had a pretty good start,” Ovechkin told reporters. “We didn’t give them much. I think in the first period we had chances to score more than two goals. I think on five-on-five we had lots of opportunities. All four lines played very good in the first period.”

“We want to do the same next game and for the whole series.”

Ovechkin’s sensational score came in the first period of the victory. The Capitals led 1-0 after a goal by Michal Kempny 7:28 into the contest. Washington then went on a power play later in the period. T.J. Oshie was in a face off during the play. He sent the puck out to Evgeny Kuznetsov. The Capitals center then fired a pass to Ovechkin, who was straight away from goal.

Ovechkin pulled back his stick for a slap shot and put it in the net, beating Andrei Vasilevskiy with just six seconds remaining in the frame.

The Capitals went up 4-0 after getting goals from Jay Beagle and Lars Eller in the second period. Tampa Bay tried to fight back in the final frame with scores from Steven Stamkos and Ondrej Palat but couldn’t level up.

“Discipline is going to be important in this series,” Capitals coach Barry Trotz said. “You look at both power plays … are tremendous. There is a lot of talent. There are a lot of people who can execute at a high level and there is lots of finish.”

Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals is at 8 p.m. Sunday in Tampa. The series heads to Washington, D.C. on Tuesday for Game 3.