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Quick-strike Capitals rout Lightning, 6-2, for 2-0 series lead heading to Washington

Quick-strike Capitals rout Lightning, 6-2, for 2-0 series lead heading to Washington

Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals overcame a major hurdle by reaching the Eastern Conference finals.Just like that, they're in a full-on sprint toward the finish.

The Capitals scored in the opening minute of the game and twice in the last 1:02 of the second period Sunday night to pull away to a 6-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning and a 2-0 lead in the East finals.

“It's huge, but it's not over yet,” Ovechkin said. “We played hard and played smart. You can see all four lines doing their job.”

Evgeny Kuznetsov and Lars Eller each had a goal and two assists. Ovechkin and Tom Wilson had a goal and an assist apiece for the Caps, who took the first two games of...

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