Lightning-Capitals: Roger Mooney’s takeaways Tampa Bay’s 6-2 loss in Game 2

Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy (88) is beaten by Washington Capitals center Lars Eller (20) during the final seconds of the second period. (DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times)
Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy (88) is beaten by Washington Capitals center Lars Eller (20) during the final seconds of the second period. (DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times)
Published May 13
Updated May 14

You just can't give up goals in the final seconds of a period, especially when you're trailing. The Lightning did just that at the end of the first period in Game 1 and the end of the second period in Game 2. If that trend continues, the end of the third in Game 3 could be really interesting.

The Lightning power play is alive and well with Brayden Point and Steven Stamkos getting the first two goals Sunday with the man-advantage. That is huge in the playoffs when even-strength goals are hard to come by.

That fourth goal was all on Andrei Vasilevskiy. First, he gets called for tripping with 10 seconds to go in the period. Then a pass to the crease bounces off him and into the net with two seconds on the clock. That whole sequence could have and should have been avoided.

Columnist Tom Jones and staff writer Roger Mooney break down the Lightning’s 6-2 loss in Game 2 and Tampa Bay’s predicament heading to Washington.

Posted by Tampa Bay Times - Sports on Sunday, May 13, 2018

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