AUDIO: Highlights of Capitals-Lightning Game 1 East Final

Watch: Alex Ovechkin blasts power play goal for Caps

Sometimes it's about giving 110%.

Simple, he said: "We have to elevate 10%". "I didn't think we were going to have a hangover".

Cliches aside, the Capitals followed through on that promise.

According to the team's website, Capitals fans can't wear red or anything adorned with the team's logo if their seats that are in the Lightning's Lexus Lounge. And, as has been their trademark throughout this playoff season, they defended extremely well in their own end in front of goalie Braden Holtby. "We didn't give them much", Ovechkin said.

Lightning coach Jon Cooper said earlier in the week the Lightning can not make a habit of losing Game 1 of the series. Alex Ovechkin has been tremendous, Evgeny Kuznetsov has been equally as hard to stop and if Nicklas Backstrom is healthy enough to suit up, Washington's top-six has enough weapons to offset the power of Tampa Bay's top two lines.

So where are the Capitals three seasons later?

"That's a good hockey team over there who outplayed us tonight", Stamkos said. "It doesn't matter which position we are, what round it is". "Everybody was all in and everybody was paying the price".

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"We tried to create a moment for our side". Defensively, the Tampa Bay Lighting are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 76.1 percent of their opponents power plays. It was Kempny's first goal of the postseason. At the 7:28 mark, they were rewarded for their effort.

Beagle and Eller scored slightly more than four minutes apart in the second period. Oh, to be a fly on the wall of the Lightning locker room after the way the first ended. Their chances were few and far between. However, the goal was called back. Friday night, you couldn't tell which team was which. The referees got together and found out the Lightning had six players on the ice at the time of the goal. He also set up the screen that led to the first goal of the game by Michal Kempny and recorded an assist on Lars Eller's power play tally. Five seconds later Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin scored to give the Capitals a 2-0 lead heading into the second period.

BC-HKN-Capitals-Lightning, 4th Ld-Writethru, 717Ovechkin has goal and assist, Capitals beat Lightning 4-2AP Photo TPA102, TPA107, TPA109, TPA105, TPA101Eds: Capitals 4, Lightning 2. They generated a high volume of scoring chances. That's how deep the attack is in Tampa Bay.

Jay Beagle made it 3-0 on a broken passing play.

Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals celebrates. But by then, the game was practically over. "They were quicker. They were more disciplined in their structure. That's a pretty recipe to win", said Stamkos. "But it's a missed opportunity". And for the Lightning, it was nothing new.

Even with the win, the Capitals had to overcome plenty of challenges, and perhaps the toughest of the night was ignoring the antics of Tampa Bay's favorite astronaut and trying to keep a straight face. This was an impressive win for Washington considering they were on the road and they didn't have Nicklas Backstrom (hand) in the lineup.

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