Lightning Thunderstruck By Capitals

First things first, let this be a lesson to why circus’s are EVIL!

EVIL!

EVIL!

Moving on, the Capitals visited Tampa Bay for the first time in the 2013-2014 season. The last time the two teams met Alex Ovechkin put on a show in the 6-5 shootout win, scoring four goals. Nick Backstrom also played very well, to put it at the least, adding four points of his own. On the opposite end of the spectrum was Mike Green, who played incredibly poor in the first 10 minutes.

The game had quite the weird start to it, half was through the period the teams switched ends in the name of fairness (something Tampa fans hate as they booed the call).

The Caps trailed early after giving up a breakaway to the Lightning. Ondrej Palat found Tyler Johnson all alone, and Johnson beat Philipp Grubauer like a rented mule to make it 1-0 4:08 into the period.

 Tyler Johnson #9 of the Tampa Bay Lightning shoots the puck by goalie Philipp Grubauer #31 of the Washington Capitals for a goal during the first period at the Tampa Bay Times Forum on January 9, 2014 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Scott Audette/NHLI via Getty Images)

Tyler Johnson #9 of the Tampa Bay Lightning shoots the puck by goalie Philipp Grubauer #31 of the Washington Capitals for a goal during the first period at the Tampa Bay Times Forum on January 9, 2014 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Scott Audette/NHLI via Getty Images)

Alex Ovechkin led the charge down the ice to find the Capitals equalizer. After a bad pinch, the Capitals were on an odd man rush. He found Eric Fehr on the left-wing, his shot beat Anders Lindback and we started all over after 7:08 of play, 1-1.

Alex Ovechkin #8 of the Washington Capitals celebrates a goal against Martin St. Louis #26 and the Tampa Bay Lightning during the first period at the Tampa Bay Times Forum on January 9, 2014 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Scott Audette/NHLI via Getty Images)

Alex Ovechkin #8 of the Washington Capitals celebrates a goal against Martin St. Louis #26 and the Tampa Bay Lightning during the first period at the Tampa Bay Times Forum on January 9, 2014 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Scott Audette/NHLI via Getty Images)

The Capitals then took advantage of their first powerplay, scoring a goal to take the lead. Brooks Laich, yes Laich on the powerplay, found Green at the point whose wrist shot was redirect by Mikhail Grabovski. The goal came just before the team switched ends of the ice, which happened after the whistle,  10:37 into the period.

Marcus Johansson doubled the Capitals lead on the Capitals second powerplay. He took advantage of the Lightning taking away Ovechkin, and went back to the well, using the stuff attempt. It somehow snuck through Lindback’s pads and the Capitals had a 3-1 lead with 11.1 left in the first.

The Lightning then cut it back to one with a goal from B.J. Crombeen, his frist goal since March 5th 2013. A real “goal scorer” type of goal, his twisted wrister beat Grubauer short side over the glove with 13:15 left in the second.

Tampa came close to an equalizer when Palat kicked the puck from his left foot to his right foot to the back of the net. The ref would like to say something like this. Tampa also booed this call, they don’t like rules.

Tampa, however, did find there equalizing goal with 5:30 left in the last period. Palat deflected a shot by Mathew Carle past Grubauer. The shot was reviewed by Toronto but the call stood, Capitals lose a two goal lead AGAIN.

Eric Fehr then continued his fantastic game when he gave the Capitals the lead with 51.5 seconds left. His nasty deflection of a Green’s shot left Lindback with nothing to do but cry.

Capitals play again tomorrow night in Verizon against the Toronto Maple Leafs

  • I heard Connor Carrick was playing tonight, I don’t really think I heard his name until half way through the 2nd. (after I typed this I heard his name quite a bit)
  • I still don’t like Erskine the big lug playing, he played well at points but still looked slow.
  • The Fehr-Grabovski-Ovechkin line was on FIRE, they created a lot of scoring chances.
  • Brooks Laich’s groin looks better, he has played well the last two games tallying points in each.
  • Ovechkin just couldn’t beat Lindback.
  • Johansson center the 3rd PP  for a little, maybe he can do it on the second team PP
  • I don’t know if I’m just oblivious and missed it or if it’s the first game with the pads but Grubauer finally lost the Hersey gear.
  • After Ovechkin realized he couldn’t beat Lindback, he decided to try to feed Fehr which proved to be beneficial.
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