The Washington Capitals have lost only once on the road this offseason, while playing in the friendly confines of Capital One Arena has yielded mixed results.
However, the Caps players are ready for some home cooking after throttling the Lightning twice in Tampa.
The last time that the Caps played in the Eastern Conference Finals was in 1998. This generation of Capitals has always come up short in previous rounds. Finally freed from that burden, they are trying to take things one game at a time.
"We have to forget about this game already and focus on the next game," said Evgeny Kuznetsov. "I expect a crazy crowd from the fans. I watched so many fans watching our games and they're excited the games."
Brett Connolly tipped his cap to fans of the team and said that it's up to the team to play up to their level.
"We've got to keep the foot on the gas. We're playing good. They look like they're frustrated over there. We've got to keep playing hard, playing fast and stay on them," he said. "We did our job here. We've got to go home and Capital One Arena will be ready for us."