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Capitals get physical in Game 6 against Lightning to stay alive

Ovechkin sets tone with big hits, helps Washington force deciding game in Eastern Final

by Tom Gulitti @TomGulittiNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

WASHINGTON -- In the Washington Capitals locker room following their 3-0 victory against the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Final on Monday, they had reason to feel good about themselves while also knowing their job is not complete.

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Ovechkin sees Game 6 for Capitals against Lightning as biggest of career

Washington forward believes key to victory is better start

by Tom Gulitti @TomGulittiNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

ARLINGTON, Va. -- Alex Ovechkin believes Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Final at Capital One Arena on Monday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, SN1, TVAS) between his Washington Capitals and the Tampa Bay Lightning is the most important game of his NHL career.

The Capitals trail 3-2 in the best-of-7 series and will be eliminated with a loss.

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Capitals aim to change playoff narrative, defeat Lightning in Game 6

Can take first step at putting history of postseason failure to rest with win

by Tom Gulitti @TomGulittiNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

TAMPA -- The Washington Capitals were supposed to be past all of this.

The talk of their past Stanley Cup Playoff failures was ostensibly put to rest when they reached the Eastern Conference Final for the first time since 1998 by finally getting past the Pittsburgh Penguins in the second round.

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Ovechkin, Capitals plan to 'come back here and play a Game 7'

Focused on having best game of season to even Eastern Final against Lightning

by Tom Gulitti @TomGulittiNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

TAMPA -- The Washington Capitals say this team is different from those that failed in the Stanley Cup Playoffs in previous seasons because it is comfortable in uncomfortable situations.

Well, the Capitals have got themselves in a pickle after a poor start doomed them in a 3-2 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Final at Amalie Arena on Saturday.

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Backstrom to play on Capitals second line in Game 5 against Lightning

Center elevated from third unit; Chiasson replaces Burakovsky

by Tom Gulitti @TomGulittiNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

TAMPA -- Nicklas Backstrom will play center on the second line for the Washington Capitals, who will shuffle their lineup against the Tampa Bay Lightning for Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Final on Saturday (7:15 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, TVAS).

Backstrom moves back to his familiar spot for the Capitals, who also will insert forward Alex Chiasson for Andre Burakovsky on the fourth line.

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Orpik leadership key for Capitals heading into Game 5 against Lightning

Washington counting on veteran to be father figure in Eastern Final

by Tom Gulitti @TomGulittiNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

WASHINGTON -- At times like these, the Washington Capitals might need a little fatherly guidance.

So it's a good thing they have an in-locker room father figure in Brooks Orpik.

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Capitals miss opportunity against Lightning in Game 4

Outshoot Tampa Bay 38-20 in loss that evens Eastern Final

by Tom Gulitti @TomGulittiNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

WASHINGTON -- After watching Tampa Bay Lightning forward Anthony Cirelli score an empty-net goal with 1.5 seconds remaining, Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin glided toward the vacated cage and broke his stick in half over the crossbar.

It was a frustrating end for Ovechkin and the Capitals, who dominated much of the game Thursday. But the Lightning made more plays in key moments to pull out a 4-2 victory in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Final at Capital One Arena.

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Backstrom skates, questionable for Capitals in Game 4 against Lightning

Center rotated in during line rushes, remains day to day with right-hand injury

by Tom Gulitti @TomGulittiNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

ARLINGTON, Va. -- Nicklas Backstrom participated in the morning skate with the Washington Capitals and the center will be a game-time decision for Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Final against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Capital One Arena on Thursday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS), coach Barry Trotz said.

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Capitals focused on improving penalty kill for Game 4 against Lightning

Washington must take fewer penalties, find balance in defending Stamkos, Kucherov, Hedman

by Tom Gulitti @TomGulittiNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

ARLINGTON, Va. -- The Washington Capitals have learned during the first three games of the Eastern Conference Final that the quickest way for them to lose control of the series is to take penalties.

Solving, or even slowing, the Tampa Bay Lightning power play is proving to be a difficult challenge. The Lightning scored on their first two power plays in a 4-2 Game 3 win Tuesday.

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Capitals have discipline issues in Game 3 loss to Lightning

Penalties, sloppy play allow Tampa Bay to gain in Eastern Conference Final

by Tom Gulitti @TomGulittiNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

WASHINGTON -- If the Washington Capitals needed a reminder of how difficult it is to win in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, they got one in their 4-2 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Final at Capital One Arena on Tuesday.

The Capitals made it look easy at times in winning the first two games of the best-of-7 series in Tampa, outscoring the Lightning 10-4.

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