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Caps blank Lightning to force Game 7

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WASHINGTON (AP) T.J. Oshie and Devante Smith-Pelly scored, Braden Holtby stopped all 24 shots he faced and the Washington Capitals beat up the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-0 Monday night to even the Eastern Conference final and force a deciding Game 7.

Alex Ovechkin, Tom Wilson and Brooks Orpik led the charge, throwing their bodies around all night in Game 6. Tampa Bay got 31 saves from goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy in another impressive showing but had no answer for Washington's hit-everything-that-moves approach facing elimination at home.

Game 7 is Wednesday night at Tampa Bay. The winner faces the Vegas Golden Knights, who are in the Stanley Cup Final in their first season.

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Points
Rank Player Pts G A
1 C. McDavid, Edm1084167
2 C. Giroux, Phi1023468
3 N. Kucherov, TB1003961
4 E. Malkin, Pit984256
5 N. MacKinnon, Col973958
6 T. Hall, NJ933954
7 A. Kopitar, LA923557
8 P. Kessel, Pit923458
9 B. Wheeler, Wpg912368
10 S. Crosby, Pit892960
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Goals Against Average
Rank Player GAA
1 C. Hutton, StL2.09
2 A. Raanta, Ari2.24
3 M. Fleury, VGK2.24
4 C. Crawford, Chi2.27
5 P. Rinne, Nsh2.31
6 P. Grubauer, Was2.35
7 R. Miller, Anh2.35
8 C. Hellebuyck, Wpg2.36
9 T. Rask, Bos2.36
10 J. Quick, LA2.40
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