Ovechkin has been a man on a mission throughout the playoffs.
T.J. Oshie won the ensuing faceoff in the Lightning zone, getting the puck to Evgeny Kuznetsov, who fed Ovechkin for the Washington superstar's ninth goal this post-season - 55th overall in 110 career playoff games - at 19:54 of the first.
After all, this group has been here in the Eastern Conference Final three of the last four years.
Tampa reached the Eastern Conference finals for a third time in four seasons and the fourth time since 2011. Braden Holtby has given up 25 goals on 332 shots faced and Philipp Grubauer has allowed eight goals on 49 shots.
Lightning: Mustered a postseason-worst two shots on goal in the first 20 minutes. The Capitals defeated the Lightning 4-2. Maybe the swap to Domingue will pay off. And even when the Lightning crept back into the game with two third-period goals, the Capitals didn't allow them to climb all the way back.
The Golden Knights have surprised everyone this year, and they should not be underestimated. By the end of 40 minutes, the Caps were up 4-0.
The Capitals got off to a 2-0 lead in the first period. Oh, to be a fly on the wall of the Lightning locker room after the way the first ended.
After winning the Presidents' Trophy two years in a row by finishing with the best record in the NHL, the Washington Capitals were supposed to struggle this season - at least according to many hockey luminaries.
It was a stunning turn of events.
It was Ovechkin's ninth goal of the postseason and fourth on the power play.
Still, all Tampa Bay had to do was make a play. Goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury has been on top of his game through the first two rounds, and he has gotten plenty of support from Jonathan Marchessault, Reilly Smith and Colin Miller.
In the end, it wasn't the Capitals coasting into Game 1 on the good vibes of the previous round, not exhibiting the levels of competitive ferocity to win this playoff game. Brayden Point jussssst missed.
The two power-play goals might have been the difference-maker in a two-score margin. That's some heavy artillery to track.
Capitals coach Barry Trotz said that when Backstrom says he's ready, he'll be in the lineup.
The Bolts are even restricting ticket sales - only making them available on the team site and on Ticketmaster to folks with a Florida zip code. Backstrom is considered doubtful after he sat out Monday's Game 6 in the second round and hasn't practiced since.