Lightning Falls 3-2 To Capitals In Overtime

Although the Lightning were 20-1-1 when leading after two periods, the Capitals scored two straight goals to extend its lead in the playoff race with a 3-2 win Thursday night.

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Lightning Loses 3-2 To Capitals In Overtime

The Tampa Bay Lightning missed out on a crucial point Wednesday night when it lost to the Washington Capitals 3-2 in overtime. Alexander Ovechkin scored on a wrist shot at 4:09 of overtime, extending their lead on the Lightning by three points in the Southeast Division. Ovechkin’s goal spoiled Lightning goaltender Dustin Tokarski’s first NHL start, but he did tally an impressive 30 saves in his debut.

The Lightning scored back-to-back power play goals after trailing 1-0 to the Capitals in the first period. After spending too much time in its own defensive zone, Tampa Bay began to apply pressure on Washington, eventually beating Tomas Vokoun on the man-advantage. Ryan Malone tied the game at 7:25 of the second period and Teddy Purcell extended the lead with his 20th goal of the season with 1:18 left in the period. Purcell now has seven multi-point games this season.

An effective power play, a piece that had been missing for Tampa Bay since the 2011 post season, is contributing to the team’s recent success. The Lightning is 8-for-20 on the road in most recent attempts.

Tampa Bay began playing its 1-3-1 defensive scheme in the third period, preventing Washington from getting much time in the offensive zone. The Lightning then began the dump and defend strategy, eventually shooting themselves in the foot when it went over 10 minutes without registering a shot on net. Vokoun gave up plenty of juicy rebounds in the waning minutes of the third, but Lightning forwards failed to capitalize on them.

In all honesty, the third period was not pretty. Tampa Bay completely took focus off the offensive side of the game, giving Washington a 12-0 shot advantage before registering a shot on goal. In the final minutes of the third period, Marcus Johanssonn took advantage of a less than impressive clear by the Tampa Bay Lightning, scoring an unassisted goal with 3:58 left to tie the game.

The Lightning needs to find a way to balance the 1-3-1 without losing focus of the importance of applying more offensive pressure.


Bolts Lead Capitals 2-1 After Second Period

The Tampa Bay Lightning went on the power play three times in the second period and took advantage of the extra man twice. Ryan Malone scored first for the Lightning on a pass from Steven Stamkos. Teddy Purcell had the second assist and is now on an 11 game point streak. With 1:18 left in the middle stanza, Purcell showed why he is the hottest forward on the Lightning right now, as he scored his 20th goal of the season on the third power play chance for the Bolts. The forward now has seven multi-point games this season.

The Capitals have been passive while on the penalty kill tonight, letting the Bolts dictate the passes on the man-advantage. Tampa Bay is now 8-for-20 on their most attempts on the road, a piece that has been missing all season

The game got quite physical in the second period. Brett Connolly went to the locker room when Mike Green appeared to elbow the rookie in the face. However, there was no call on the play, referee had to be closing his eyes. The elbow was deliberate and blatant. Co Connolly did return to the bench but has not had ice time since the elbow. Nate Thompson took a forearm to the head a few plays later and JT Wyman appeared to be boarded although there was no call on the play.

The Lightning are 20-1-1 when leading after two periods.


Lightning Trails Capitals 1-0 After First Period

The first five shots in this game belonged to the Washington Capitals, however, mid way through the first period, the Tampa Bay Lightning began to pester Tomas Vokoun, having a 15-8 shot advantage following the first Washington shots. Vokoun was forced to make some tough saves, including a handful of consecutive tries from Tom Pyatt. Brett Connolly was active as well, with four shots in the first period.

But, it was the Capitals that got on the board first when Keith Acouin took advantage of a bad bounce that hit his stick and leg, eventually beating Dustin Tokarski with 2:52 left in period.

Tokarski faced 13 shots in the opening period, letting in one on a fluky play. Other than that, he handled the puck well and made some key saves to keep this a one goal game.

Vokoun looks in the zone tonight and if the Lightning are going to get any past him, it will have to crash the net and avoid taking too many passes. It’s going to take some ugly goals or rebound chances to beat Vokoun tonight.


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