The Tampa Bay Lightning are not the poster boys of the NHL. They shouldn't feel bad about that.
Did the Washington Capitals fail or did the Tampa Bay Lightning succeed? In the eyes of the media, it's the former, when the media narrative should do a better job covering the latter.
The Tampa Bay Lightning sweep the Washington Capitals to wrap up the NHL Eastern Conference Semifinals
A season on the brink, with Villarreal CF hosting FC Porto tomorrow in the second leg of the Europa League semifinal. It will take a near-miracle for the Yellow Submarine to advance after a 5-1 first leg defeat in Portugal.
|- 1, Tampa Bay Power-Play Goal - Ryan Malone (3), from Vincent Lecavalier and Martin St. Louis at 12:37. 2, Washington Power-Play Goal - Marco Sturm, from Jason Arnott and Alex Ovechkin at 18:30. Penalties - Mike Knuble, Washington (Interference on goalkeeper), 8:59; Alex Ovechkin, Washington (Charging), 11:14; Mattias Ohlund, Tampa Bay (Cross checking), 15:13; Nate Thompson, Tampa Bay (Interference on goalkeeper), 17:30.|
|- 3, Tampa Bay Goal - Sean Bergenheim (6), from Dominic Moore and Steve Downie at 4:41. 4, Tampa Bay Goal - Sean Bergenheim (7), from Dominic Moore at 12:34. 5, Washington Goal - John Erskine, unassisted at 13:40. Penalties - Jeff Schultz, Washington (Hooking), 15:24; John Erskine, Washington (Delaying Game-Puck over glass), 17:24.|
|- 6, Tampa Bay Power-Play Goal - Marc-Andre Bergeron, from Steve Downie and Teddy Purcell at 5:07. 7, Tampa Bay Goal - Martin St. Louis (6), from Teddy Purcell at 16:52. 8, Washington Goal - John Carlson (2), from Brooks Laich and Jason Arnott at 17:54. Penalties - Marco Sturm, Washington (Interference on goalkeeper), 3:42; Steven Stamkos, Tampa Bay (Tripping), 18:40.|