For the first time this postseason, the Washington Capitals faced elimination. They could have folded like a cheap tent and let the outside noise of past playoff failures effect the Capitals in Game 6 against the Tampa Bay Lightning. Instead, they used that motivation and dominated the Lightning in Game 6 and won 3-0. The series is tied at 3.
T.J. Oshie scored a power-play goal for the Washington Capitals in the second period. Devante Smith-Pelly and T.J. Oshie (empty net with 50 seconds left) scored goals for the Capitals in the third period.
Braden Holtby shut the door for Washington and he picked up his fifth career playoff shutout with 24 saves. Andrei Vasilevskiy was the main reason why Tampa Bay had even a chance to win Game 6. He made 31 saves for the Lightning.
The last time the Washington Capitals played in a Game 7 was last season in the second-round against the Pittsburgh Penguins. The last time the Tampa Bay Lightning played in a Game 7 was in 2016 in the Eastern Conference Finals against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Game 7 will be on Wednesday Night in Tampa Bay.