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The coach rejected the notion, though, that Ovechkin has to do more if the Southeast Division champions are going to come back to win the series.

“Everybody wants more from Alex. I think he’s trying out there. He’s working hard,” Boudreau said. “What are you going to say? … We need more from everybody. We don’t just need more from Alex.”

Tampa Bay’s power-play has produced a goal in each of the first two games. Lecavalier scored twice and Martin St. Louis, a finalist for league MVP, had his first goal of the series as the Lightning claimed Game 2 despite playing without injured left wing Simon Gagne and defenseman Pavel Kubina, who remain day to day.

Washington endured an eight-game losing streak in December and insists there’s no reason to panic.

“You’ve just got to keep plugging,” left wing Jason Chimera said. “We’ve been there before _ this team’s won 14 in a row and nine in a row, so we can do it.”

The Capitals even feel the series schedule, which does not include a day off between Games 3 and 4, could work to their advantage.

Provided they first win Tuesday night.

“If there’s a team that can do it, it’s our team,” defenseman John Carlson said. “We got the guys in here _ the workhorses in here _ to do it. And I think back-to-back games will be good for us. We get hot here, and then it’s back (to Washington) for Game 5. We’ve got to do the same thing that they did to us, really.”

It’s the Lightning’s job to prevent that.

“We’re up 2-0. We’re happy about it, but we can’t put our guards down,” Lecavalier said. “We’ve got to keep going, got to keep pushing.”

Boucher agreed.

“We’re playing a team now that can easily win four in a row,” Boucher said before rejecting a suggestion that there’s pressure on the Lightning to take advantage of having the next two games at home.

“For me, the minute you start looking at pressure, you start thinking of failure,” Boucher said. “For me, it’s 0-0 starting (Tuesday night). It’s an isolated game for us. It makes no difference if we’re 2-0, 3-1 or 3-0. Our approach emotionally, technically and mentally will not change.”


AP Sports Writer Howard Fendrich in Washington contributed to this report.