WASHINGTON D.C. -- The Washington Capitals outs hot and outscored the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Final Monday night and avoid being ousted of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
The Caps won 3-0 on a pair of T.J. Oshie goals and one from Devante Smith-Pelly.
All goals were scored well past halfway through the contest which remained knotted at 0-0 until there were about 5 minutes left in the second period.
Braden Holtby was perfect between the pipes, saving 24 shots on goal. For Holtby, the shutout marks his first of the season and 5th time he's held an opponent scoreless in a playoff game in his career.
The Caps turned 34 shots into three goals, one came on their only power play opportunity.
The number of fights in the game outnumbered the number of power plays (0-2 for the Lightning) with the tension between the teams ratcheting up as the clock ticked towards the end.
The series will be decided Wednesday night in Tampa. The Las Vegas Golden Knights await the winner after defeating the Winnipeg Jets 4-1 in the Western Conference Final.