Animosity Is Good. The Caps Will Bounce Back From This

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They still lead the series 2-1.

They're also 7-1 away from Capital One Arena this postseason, and in a series that hasn't seen the home team prevail yet, they've got the visiting ice advantage.

The Tampa Bay Lightning said after Game 2 that the Capitals had robbed them of their identity, after two uncharacteristic defeats on home ice to open the Eastern Conference finals.

Ovechkin simply shrugged when asked about that discrepancy.

"Those guys have delivered when we've needed them", said Lightning coach Jon Cooper. He was limited to 46 games due to a lower-body injury, but returned at the end of the regular season and played in all six games during the first-round playoff series against the Nashville Predators.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Entering Game 3 of the Eastern Conference final against the Capitals, the Lightning faced uncertainty in net. The Norris Trophy finalist who played a team-high 25:08 was most proud of successful penalty kills. "We can't describe how good he is out there. I think that gives him some confidence, too, that he knows we're on and that's the way it should be". "Just pretend like you're on the road". "All the buildings are pretty well the same these days". "Not good enough for power play, but we will be better for sure". A lot of people have friends and family coming down and ticket requests. A lone bright spot in the poor homestand was captain Steven Stamkos appearing to heat up [VIDEO]after a slow start to the playoffs, and Stamkos and the rest of the Lightning's marquee names all came through huge in game three.

"There's something to be said, too, (for) winning games on the road, when you can just kind of hear a pin drop in the crowd, sometimes, which is always a good thing". "Any team would say that", he said. You can only play with fire so long before you get burnt.

Vasilevskiy had never lost three straight playoff games, and he didn't start a new trend on Tuesday, steering aside 35-of-37 shots he faced.

"It's hard to cover all of them", Lightning defenseman Anton Stralman said.

"We've thought about different things, but for me and our staff, we don't feel it's a personnel issue with how things are going", he said. "Like I said, hes been outstanding for us all year, and he was great tonight".

Nicklas Backstrom was expected to miss his fourth straight game Tuesday ... and it's a testament to how well his teammates have played in his absence that coach Barry Trotz is in absolutely no hurry to rush him back. But Trotz wouldn't give any hint as to when Backstrom might return.

They were damn near mirror images, cannonballs with silencers fixed to the muzzles, scorched from opposite faceoff circles into nothing but net. Washington re-signed D Aaron Ness to a one-year, two-way contract worth $650,000 if he's in the National Hockey League, $425,000 in the minors.

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