Thursday, September 20, 2018
Tampa Bay Lightning

Roger Mooney’s takeaways from Lightning-Capitals Game 1

Well, so much for playing with more energy and intensity in Game 1 of this series than Tampa Bay had in Game 1 against the Bruins. The Lightning was flat. The Capitals dominated. And so much for the Caps having a hangover after finally beating the Penguins.

Good move for Jon Cooper to pull Andrei Vasilevskiy after two periods. Vasy allowed four goals on 25 shots, but not all of the goals were his fault. Still, a period off won't hurt. Also, it was good to get some time for Louis Domingue, because you never know when he will be needed.

The Caps scored on two of their first three power-play opportunities. That is not a good sign. The Lightning struggled on the penalty kill against the Bruins, and the Caps have a better power play than the Bruins.

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