Down 1-0 in their 2011 NHL Playoffs series with the Tampa Bay Lightning, the Washington Capitals held the advantage in scoring chances, but the Lightning struck first as they lead the Caps 1-0 after 20 minutes.
The Caps had three power play opportunities in the first period, but did not convert on any of them. Mike Knuble returned to the Caps' lineup for the first time in two weeks and made his presence felt by committing the game's first penalty. The Caps, however, did not have to kill it completely as Steve Downie took a holding penalty with 10 seconds left on the Lightning's power play. Washington had some quality scoring chances on its first power play, but failed to score. Blair Jones tripped Jason Chimera and the Caps had another power play chance, but only generated one shot on goal.
Not to be outdone, Brett Clark went to the box at the end of the Caps' second power play and the Caps got their third chance in five minutes, but once again did not convert. The Lightning got one more chance with the man advantage when Alex Ovechkin caught Mattias Ohlund with a high stick and they finally broke free when Vincent Lecavalier took a pass from Martin St. Louis and fired an absolute laser of a slap shot past Michal Neuvirth for his third goal of the playoffs at 19:01.
Shots are 10-6 in favor of Washington.