The Washington Capitals are apparently tired of hearing how bad of chokers they are. In Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals, the Caps walked into Tampa and sent a message. They ultimately earned a 4-2 against the Bolts. It was a 4-0 game by the middle of the contest, and the Caps coasted from there. Tampa got on the board a couple of times but it was too late at that point, the fat lady had sung already. The turning point in that game was a Lightning goal that was called back early on. Instead of a goal, the Caps went on the power-play and bam just like that a two-goal swing. Ovechkin sent a rocket towards the net and which turned on the red light. Right there and then was likely the moment it was game over.
The Lightning went into Game 1 as healthy favorites yet fell flat at home. The key for the Capitals was neutralizing Stamkos, Kucherov, and Tyler Johnson. There was little room for them to other operate. As soon as it looked they were going to get something going, the window closed pretty quickly on them. Ovechkin looks like a guy on a mission, there looks like a lot of passion and energy coming from that guy and it’s wearing off on the rest of teammates.
They were able to quiet the Lightning crowd pretty quickly. Unable to quiet the opposing crowd was the Vegas Golden Knights yesterday. The Jets got Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals with a 4-2 win over the Knights. A crazed crowd in Winnipeg helped out immensely, and for the Lightning, they cannot allow their crowd to get taken out of it like in Game 1. Let’s get a winning selection in Game 2. Please head below for our free Capitals vs. Lightning Game 2 pick.
Washington Capitals vs. Tampa Bay Lightning Game 2 Pick
At this point, it comes down to who wants it more. All of the final-4 teams are talented or they wouldn’t be here. The Capitals certainly showed in Game 1 that they want it. I don’t always agree with Don Cherry on everything, but he is dead on when he says Tampa should be ashamed with that effort. For a player of Stamkos calibre, he must win a Cup or it will feel like an awfully hollow career. The Lightning have came close but they’ve yet to get a Stanley Cup in the Steven Stamkos era. As far as the Capitals are concerned, though, after several early exits in the Ovi era, if they don’t want it by now, they may as well hang it up.
I don’t think the Lightning are going to feel ashamed with their effort in Game 2. This was the highest scoring offence in the NHL in the regular season and I think it’s going to show today. Unlike the invisible act from Game 1, I can foresee the Lightning showing up and taking advantage of a Capitals team who I feel might feel content going back home with a series tied at one game a piece. Stamkos and Kucherov are likely going to put on a show tonight for the home crowd. Do I typically like laying this price? No, if you follow my picks I maybe do once or twice a year. However, I feel confident that Tampa will get the job done here after an uninspiring performance in Game 1.