This moment would be the Washington Capitals biggest test. For the first time this past spring, the Capitals were on the ropes. A win would keep their season alive while a loss would’ve sent them packing. So far in the Eastern Conference Finals at that point, the Caps took the first two games in Tampa Bay but dropped their next three games to the Lightning, including two at home. Refusing to end the season on their home ice, the team and the fans brought the noise, the hits and the thunder as the Caps won 3-0 to force Game 7.
Date: May 21, 2018
Game: 6 (Lightning lead 3-2)
Result: Capitals 3, Lightning 0
The atmosphere was tense just as any elimination game has been. The first period was scoreless as was much of the second period before the Caps got a power play and T.J. Oshie capitalized on a one-timer from Nicklas Backstrom.
The Caps added two more in the third. Chandler Stephenson hustled to the puck to beat the icing call. The puck rolled over to Jay Beagle, who dished it back to Stephenson before he whiffed a behind-the-back no-look pass to Devante Smith-Pelly. Devo finished. Oshie sealed the win with an empty-netter.
This was particularly a great game for Braden Holtby. After finishing the entire regular season without a shutout, this would be his first of the season and it didn’t come at a better time! Holtby stopped all 24 shots he faced.
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