The Capitals’ power play failed, going 0-for-6 in in the 3-2 overtime loss to the Lightning in Game 2. But five-on-five, they were pretty good.
“I thought we had the momentum, quite frankly, for about 45 minutes of that game,” coach Bruce Boudreau said.
The Caps dominated long stretches of the game, tilting the ice and outshooting Tampa Bay 37-23 overall and 16-3 in a one-sided second period. But at the end of the night winning most of the play didn’t equate to winning on the scoreboard – thanks to a couple mistakes.
“I thought we felt pretty comfortable with our game, especially from the midpoint of the second on I thought our game was real good,” forward Brooks Laich said. “I thought we skated and moved the puck and were on the forecheck and we were creating the bulk of the chances. I don’t think they had a lot of offensive chances.”
If the game were decided with quality scoring chances, the Caps would have rolled to a victory and evened the series at a game apiece. It especially looked like they’d be OK after Alex Ovechkin scored with 1:07 left in the third.
“I think we all felt pretty excited about that and we’ve been in a situation like that before and we’ve won a few overtime games,” defenseman Karl Alzner said. “So we knew that it was kind of our time.”
Instead, the mistake of a bad line change cost the Caps dearly. Tampa Bay defenseman Randy Jones – playing his first game since March 7 – took advantage of Washington’s personnel blunder by zipping an outlet pass to Teddy Purcell on the left wing. With Vinny Lecavalier joining, all Purcell had to do on the two-on-one was put in on Lecavalier’s stick. He didn’t miss, and Lecavalier buried it.
“But that’s playoff hockey – one mistake and against a good team it’s gonna cost you,” Laich said.