Ron and Don: Lightning 'should be ashamed of themselves' after Game 1


The start date for the 2017 Stanley Cup Final was May 29. Nikita Kucherov hasn't lost sight of it.

Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8) takes a shot during the third period of the first game of the NHL Stanley Cup Eastern Conference Finals between the Washington Capitals and the Tampa Bay Lightning on May 11, 2018, at Amalie Arena in Tampa, FL. The Capitals have already exposed some of Tampa's costly missteps and have managed to deny the Bolts the space that they devastate opponents with. We'll look to do that tomorrow.

"I don't think we were necessarily prepared for it", said Tyler Johnson, one of four members of that precocious crop who also has appeared in the playoffs for Tampa Bay this time around.

"I got an opportunity and I was ready", said Vrana, a 22-year-old from the Czech Republic.

That being said, the Lightning don't necessarily expect that they will be able to roll over the Capitals just because they did the same against the Bruins. For the Jets, they are coming off a seven-game series which. Trotz expected the Lightning to attack those issues Saturday during its film study and practice. They should be ashamed of themselves.

Washington spent two flawlessly the start of the period and has naturally selected the "Tampa" home ice advantage.

The Lightning didn't shoot the puck either. The Capitals held the Lightning to 10 shots in the first two periods.

"That's why we came in the room and said, 'Oh, we didn't have [scoring] chances, '" Kucherov said. He does not want to get beat out again. We were a little high. We just didn't treat it that way. The Lightning were assessed a too many men penalty on the play. Steven Stamkos and Ondrej Chambers gave hope "Lightning" comeback, but the visitors did not allow the escalation of the situation. "And, we better have some desperation in our game".

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Another reason for Washington's success in this year's playoffs has been its No. 2-ranked power play, which connected for two goals in Game 1. You fuelled the fire of a good team, and that's what Washington is. The first being in Game 5 of the first-round against New Jersey after he collected a pass at the top of the circle and sent in a shot through traffic to give the Lightning a 1-0 lead en route to a 3-1 series-clinching victory. But that's where the similarities end.

"If you look at Washington past year, they lost in Game 7 to the Penguins", said Cooper. They have a really good team and they've always had a good team.

Backstrom worked out Saturday, but he didn't participate in any on-ice activities, which would seem to indicate he's not particularly close to returning to game action.

"For the most part, that's the best we played through the neutral zone", said defenseman John Carlson. "After this practice, the page has been turned".

"It's unfortunate how we played a couple of these Game 1s in the last couple of rounds, (and) dug ourselves a small hole this series", the coach said. To making amends. To giving the fans what they want.

"We tried to take it to them in their building and carry that momentum throughout the game".

The big picture will look a lot better if they do.