Mike Knuble returns for Capitals in Game 2 of 2nd-round series against Lightning

WASHINGTON – Right wing Mike Knuble is back on the ice for the Washington Capitals in Game 2 against the Tampa Bay Lightning after missing three consecutive playoff games.

Knuble is playing on Alex Ovechkin’s line Sunday night. Also in Washington’s lineup is defenceman John Carlson, who left in the third period of Game 1 on Friday.

Knuble missed the last two games of Washington’s series against the Rangers, and Game 1 against the Lightning, with a suspected hand injury. His 24 regular-season goals ranked third on the Capitals.

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The Lightning were without injured left wing Simon Gagne and defenceman Pavel Kubina on Sunday. They were hurt Friday, when Tampa Bay won 4-2.

Defenceman Randy Jones and centre Blair Jones played for Tampa Bay on Sunday for the first time this post-season.