The Bolts are fighting off a Caps power play with a little over 15 minutes left in the period.
But the Capitals did not get away with that cleanly, because Michal Kempny committed a cross-check 16 seconds later and forced them into defending a 4-on-3 rather than mounting a comeback.
On Tuesday, Evans told The Washington Post that the tiny, wealthy nation of Qatar has agreed to pay the $100,000 fee to keep Metro open until 12:30 a.m. on Thursday, when the Capitals host Game 4. It wasn't ideal, but the Lightning began to make it up to Vasilevskiy for hanging him out to dry on so many odd-man rushes in Games 1 and 2 by improving their defensive-zone play.
The Lightning have scored four goals against the Capitals, one at 5-on-5. He took a feed from Hedman, converting for his 10th career postseason power-play goal-a franchise record.
Tampa benefited from a three-goal outburst in the second period. The Bolts lead the Capitals 1-0. "We weren't able to get some of our guys that don't really have a role in the power play or penalty kill to get a chance to use them again".
We remain scoreless with nearly six minutes played in the first period.
Game on! The puck has officially dropped on Game 3.
The Washington D.C. metro normally closes at 11:30 p.m. on weeknights, which can pose problems for sports fans.
Hedman scored his first goal of the playoffs and added two assists, and Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 36 of 38 shots to help the Lightning beat the Washington Capitals 4-2 in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals Tuesday night and cut their series deficit to 2-1.
After Tampa Bay scored the game's first three goals, Connolly tallied for the Capitalsmidway through the second period.