Game 3 preview: Lightning face near must-win situation against Capitals

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"Just pretend we're on the road", Barry Trotz said. Washington defeated Pittsburgh in six games of the second round after losing to the Penguins in the semifinals the previous two years. 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. And the net-minder held tight as the Capitals went 6-on-5 in the final minutes after pulling goalkeeper Braden Holtby.

It was especially true in the third period, when the Capitals took three penalties while trying to claw back into a game they trailed 3-1.

Vegas got on the board with a goal by Brayden McNabb less than a minute after Armia's tally, but the Jets restored the three-goal lead in the second with a goal by Mark Scheifele on the power play.

Stamkos's only shot on goal for the night was a goal and that's essentially because he fired it as hard as he possibly could.

The third is a go! "Early in the game, he let us settle down, and when were up 4-1, your tendency is to sit back a little and they got some looks, but he was right there".

But the Capitals did not get away with that cleanly, because Michal Kempny committed a cross-check 16 seconds later and forced them into defending a 4-on-3 rather than mounting a comeback. And the Lightning, which has been so deadly with the man-advantage in these playoffs, made the Capitals pay for it. Setting up in his office at the left faceoff circle, Stamkos perfectly one-timed a cross-ice pass that Holtby had zero chance on. That was evident when he kicked Connolly in the last minute of a four-goal loss.

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Exelon and Pepco combined to provide service after Game 3 on Tuesday, which the Caps lost 4-2. Just 88 seconds later, the two-goal lead was restored with Marchessault's second goal of the game. Hedman assisted on that one too; and then Kucherov fed Hedman for a goal 1:47 later to make it 3-0.

Tampa Bay capitalized twice on the power play to build an early lead. Jonathan Marchessault added a goal in the first as well to take a 2-0 lead to the intermission.

As they've done all series, the Lightning were deadly on the power play. Still scoreless in the first.

"We checked. That was it", said Cooper, on the differences between the first two games and Game 3.

They possessed the puck, making the Capitals chase the game rather than chasing it themselves, thanks to some tactical adjustments and line scrambling.

The list of things the Tampa Bay Lightning needed to do to avoid falling behind 0-3 in the Eastern Conference Final against the Washington Capitals was getting long. We'll see what happens for Game 4 Thursday night (8 p.m. ET, NBCSN).

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