Next? The Bruins, who were 3-1 against the Lightning in the regular season and pretty much owned Tampa Bay throughout the Lightning's history.
That's exactly what the Lightning are doing when they host the Capitals for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals Friday.
"When he came in the league, he was the best player, and I mean he's still the best player", Kucherov said. I like having that lead, being able to play shutdown hockey and just get everything in, get it out, off the glass, off the glass, and just play that winning hockey that last 10 minutes or so, and I think we would've been able to close that out. "He's a great example for young kids and someone to look up to".
The Golden Knights and Lightning are moving on their respective Conference Finals; Fleury, Schmidt, Coburn, Vasilevskiy and more in Scott Cullen's Statistically Speaking. Since then, the team has made a point of finishing checks and limiting its opponent's time and space. It doesn't take great heights of analytical skill to know that whoever has the best goalie nearly always wins at hockey. Now they will face Tampa Bay and old ghosts otherwise known as "Rangers South", with five former NY players on the roster: McDonagh, forwards J.T. Miller and Ryan Callahan and defensemen Dan Girardi and Anton Stralman. "It's nice to see". The Bolts' 6-2 home defeat to Boston in the first game of the last series sent game two ticket prices plunging approximately 30%, where tickets could be obtained to the Monday night game for just about $10 over face value.
The Washington Capitals were knocked out of the playoffs by the Pittsburgh Penguins in each of the last two years, but this year it was a different story as they took them down in six games. Oh, and this is where I'd like to remind you all that the 41-year-old Chara, holding his stick with three fingers, held the Maple Leafs' Auston Matthews and Lightning captain Steven Stamkos to just one five-on-five goal in one-on-one matchups this postseason. "We're going to need rely on our depth as well and stay disciplined".
It should be a good series because these were the two top teams in their respective divisions this season. "Washington is very similar in that regard".
"Right now, in this situation in this time of year, everybody has the best players, the best goalies, and you have to be the best to beat them", the Capitals star said.
"We all play through some bumps and bruises".
The balanced offense is something Tampa Bay has benefited from all season, as head coach Jon Cooper noted, per Roger Mooney of the Tampa Bay Times.
David Backes: Backes said he suffered from concussion-like symptoms after colliding with Tampa's J.T. Miller in the second period of Game 5. Carlson and Niskanen average more than 26 minutes a game ... "I felt fine. I'm sure other guys felt fine".
"It's unfortunate that he goes that low to do that, but doesn't take us off our game", Callahan said.
The Capitals have been unusually strong on the road in the past month, going 5-1 in Columbus and Pittsburgh while just 3-3 on their home ice. "I think the belief in the group, or the chemistry in the group, is the intangible and this group has a good chemistry about it". "It just kind of sucks that we couldn't pull it through, but at the same time, it was a good learning experience for me to understand what guys go through, because I'm not the only one".
This season, the Lightning earned a conference-leading 113 points and thus seeded as the top dog in the East. Tampa Bay had little trouble dispatching the New Jersey Devils in five games in Round 1 and then did the same to the Boston Bruins in the second round. I feel like we're using everybody in the lineup to get wins.
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