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Lightning defeats Capitals, can clinch Stanley Cup berth in Game 6

Early goals lift the Lightning to a 3-2 win over the Capitals. Game 6 will take place in D.C. on Monday at 8:00 p.m. EST.
Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Ryan Callahan (24), center, attempts to knock the puck into the net as Washington Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby (70) lies on the ice during the second period in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference final of the Stanley Cup Playoffs Saturday, May 19, 2018 in Tampa. Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Ryan Callahan (24) was able to knock the puck into the net for a second period goal. DIRK SHADD   |   Times
Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Ryan Callahan (24), center, attempts to knock the puck into the net as Washington Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby (70) lies on the ice during the second period in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference final of the Stanley Cup Playoffs Saturday, May 19, 2018 in Tampa. Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Ryan Callahan (24) was able to knock the puck into the net for a second period goal. DIRK SHADD | Times
Published May 20, 2018|Updated May 20, 2018


Tampa Bay Lightning center Cedric Paquette (13) celebrates his first period goal after beating Washington Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby (70) 29 seconds after the start in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference final of the Stanley Cup Playoffs Saturday, May 19, 2018 in Tampa. DIRK SHADD   |   Times
Tampa Bay Lightning center Cedric Paquette (13) celebrates his first period goal after beating Washington Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby (70) 29 seconds after the start in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference final of the Stanley Cup Playoffs Saturday, May 19, 2018 in Tampa. DIRK SHADD | Times
Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8) falls away from Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy (88) during the second period of game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Washington Capitals on Saturday May 19, 2018 at Amalie Arena. DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times
Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8) falls away from Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy (88) during the second period of game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Washington Capitals on Saturday May 19, 2018 at Amalie Arena. DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times
Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Ondrej Palat (18), right, points to a teammate while celebrating his first period gaol with Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos (91), left, and Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman (77) Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Ondrej Palat (18), facing, is congratulated by teammates after scoring in the first period against the Washington Capitals in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference final of the Stanley Cup Playoffs Saturday, May 19, 2018 in Tampa. DIRK SHADD   |   Times
Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Ondrej Palat (18), right, points to a teammate while celebrating his first period gaol with Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos (91), left, and Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman (77) Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Ondrej Palat (18), facing, is congratulated by teammates after scoring in the first period against the Washington Capitals in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference final of the Stanley Cup Playoffs Saturday, May 19, 2018 in Tampa. DIRK SHADD | Times
Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8) and right wing Tom Wilson (43) collide with Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman (77) during the second period of game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Washington Capitals on Saturday May 19, 2018 at Amalie Arena. DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times
Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8) and right wing Tom Wilson (43) collide with Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman (77) during the second period of game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Washington Capitals on Saturday May 19, 2018 at Amalie Arena. DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times
Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Ondrej Palat (18) stops Washington Capitals center Lars Eller (20) during the second period of game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Washington Capitals on Saturday May 19, 2018 at Amalie Arena. DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times
Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Ondrej Palat (18) stops Washington Capitals center Lars Eller (20) during the second period of game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Washington Capitals on Saturday May 19, 2018 at Amalie Arena. DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times
Washington Capitals center Evgeny Kuznetsov (92) and Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Ryan McDonagh (27) collide during the first period of game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Washington Capitals on Saturday May 19, 2018 at Amalie Arena. DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times
Washington Capitals center Evgeny Kuznetsov (92) and Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Ryan McDonagh (27) collide during the first period of game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Washington Capitals on Saturday May 19, 2018 at Amalie Arena. DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times
Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos (91) controls the puck while Washington Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom (19) joins the play during the second period in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference final of the Stanley Cup Playoffs Saturday, May 19, 2018 in Tampa. DIRK SHADD   |   Times
Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos (91) controls the puck while Washington Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom (19) joins the play during the second period in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference final of the Stanley Cup Playoffs Saturday, May 19, 2018 in Tampa. DIRK SHADD | Times
Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Mikhail Sergachev (98) and Washington Capitals right wing T.J. Oshie (77) battle for the puck during the first period of game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Washington Capitals on Saturday May 19, 2018 at Amalie Arena. DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times
Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Mikhail Sergachev (98) and Washington Capitals right wing T.J. Oshie (77) battle for the puck during the first period of game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Washington Capitals on Saturday May 19, 2018 at Amalie Arena. DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times
Tampa Bay Lightning center Brayden Point (21) attempts a shot on Washington Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby (70) during the first period of game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Washington Capitals on Saturday May 19, 2018 at Amalie Arena. DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times
Tampa Bay Lightning center Brayden Point (21) attempts a shot on Washington Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby (70) during the first period of game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Washington Capitals on Saturday May 19, 2018 at Amalie Arena. DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times
Tampa Bay Lightning center Cedric Paquette (13), center, and Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Chris Kunitz (14), left, react after Tampa Bay Lightning center Cedric Paquette (13) beat Washington Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby (70) 29 seconds after the start in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference final of the Stanley Cup Playoffs Saturday, May 19, 2018 in Tampa. DIRK SHADD   |   Times
Tampa Bay Lightning center Cedric Paquette (13), center, and Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Chris Kunitz (14), left, react after Tampa Bay Lightning center Cedric Paquette (13) beat Washington Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby (70) 29 seconds after the start in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference final of the Stanley Cup Playoffs Saturday, May 19, 2018 in Tampa. DIRK SHADD | Times
Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8) argues with the referee during a break in the play in the second period against the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference final of the Stanley Cup Playoffs Saturday, May 19, 2018 in Tampa. DIRK SHADD   |   Times
Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8) argues with the referee during a break in the play in the second period against the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference final of the Stanley Cup Playoffs Saturday, May 19, 2018 in Tampa. DIRK SHADD | Times
Tampa Bay Lightning center Cedric Paquette (13) scores beating Washington Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby (70) just 19 seconds after the start in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference final of the Stanley Cup Playoffs Saturday, May 19, 2018 in Tampa. DIRK SHADD   |   Times
Tampa Bay Lightning center Cedric Paquette (13) scores beating Washington Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby (70) just 19 seconds after the start in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference final of the Stanley Cup Playoffs Saturday, May 19, 2018 in Tampa. DIRK SHADD | Times
Tampa Bay Lightning center Anthony Cirelli (71), top, and Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Ryan McDonagh (27) warm-up on the ice just prior to taking on the Washington Capitals in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference final of the Stanley Cup Playoffs Saturday, May 19, 2018 in Tampa. DIRK SHADD   |   Times
Tampa Bay Lightning center Anthony Cirelli (71), top, and Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Ryan McDonagh (27) warm-up on the ice just prior to taking on the Washington Capitals in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference final of the Stanley Cup Playoffs Saturday, May 19, 2018 in Tampa. DIRK SHADD | Times
"The plant city thunder," from left, Jake Buckner, Damien McKinney, Greg Buckner, Bianca McKinney, Shane Karlsen and Jim Shepard drink beers at Fergs Live before the first period of Saturdays game between the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Washington Capitals in game 5 of the Eastern Conference Final at Amalie Arena in Tampa. DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD   |   Times
"The plant city thunder," from left, Jake Buckner, Damien McKinney, Greg Buckner, Bianca McKinney, Shane Karlsen and Jim Shepard drink beers at Fergs Live before the first period of Saturdays game between the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Washington Capitals in game 5 of the Eastern Conference Final at Amalie Arena in Tampa. DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times
Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy (88) blocks a shot during the second period of game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Washington Capitals on Saturday May 19, 2018 at Amalie Arena. DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times
Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy (88) blocks a shot during the second period of game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Washington Capitals on Saturday May 19, 2018 at Amalie Arena. DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times
Lightning fan A.J. Valazquez, of Tampa, shows of a Lightning tattoo on his back before the first period of Saturdays game between the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Washington Capitals in game 5 of the Eastern Conference Final at Amalie Arena in Tampa. DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD   |   Times
Lightning fan A.J. Valazquez, of Tampa, shows of a Lightning tattoo on his back before the first period of Saturdays game between the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Washington Capitals in game 5 of the Eastern Conference Final at Amalie Arena in Tampa. DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times
Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy (88) makes a save on a shot by Washington Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom (19) as Tampa Bay Lightning center J.T. Miller (10) and Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Dan Girardi (5) look on during the third period in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference final of the Stanley Cup Playoffs Saturday, May 19, 2018 in Tampa. The Tampa Bay Lightning won 3-2. DIRK SHADD   |   Times
Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy (88) makes a save on a shot by Washington Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom (19) as Tampa Bay Lightning center J.T. Miller (10) and Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Dan Girardi (5) look on during the third period in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference final of the Stanley Cup Playoffs Saturday, May 19, 2018 in Tampa. The Tampa Bay Lightning won 3-2. DIRK SHADD | Times

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