Lightning lead 3-2
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The Capitals followed up a series win over the Pittsburgh Penguins by getting out to a 2-0 lead on the road versus the Lightning in the third round, seeming to suggest that they had exorcized the demons that had kept them from reaching their potential over the last decade.
They have since lost three consecutive games, scoring just two goals in each, to sit on the verge of being eliminated once again before they can get a taste of the Stanley Cup Final. To prevent that from happening, they will need to win a game at Capital One Arena for the first time in the series, and for just the fourth time in nine tries in the post-season.