Game Recap – 3/16/19 – Washington Capitals v. Tampa Bay Lightning

Washington Capitals (42-22-7 91pts) v. Tampa Bay Lightning (54-13-4 112pts)

 

Game Recap:

The Washington Capitals head to Tampa Bay for the first time since eliminating the Lightning in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals, however, it would be Lighting getting some early revenge as the would work a turnover into an odd man advantage to give Tyler Johnson his 26th goal of the season. Then less than two minutes later, Alex Killorn would score to give the Lightning a 2-0 lead, but the Capitals would respond as they would get a lucky bounce resulting in a John Carlson bomb to cut Tampa’s lead to one. However, Killorn would force his way to the net through Nick Jensen, and then get his own rebound to net his second of the game and give the Lightning their two goal lead back. To end the period it would be a parade of penalties, but it would be the Lightning getting to start the second period with an abbreviated 5 on 3 powerplay.

 

The Capitals would start the second period killing off Tampa’s two man advantage, and then on a Nikita Kucherov interference penalty it would be Alex Ovechkin netting his 47th of the season on the powerplay to cut Tampa’s lead to one again.

 

To start the third period the Lightning would kill the Capitals remaining powerplay time then on a weak goal it would be Erik Cernak scoring his 4th of the season to give Tampa a 4-2 lead. However, later in the period Alex Oveckin would net his second of the game to bring the Capitals back within one. But it would not be enough for the Capitals as Tampa would get a pair of empty net goals from Killorn and Yanni Gourde to ice this game for the Lightning 6-3.

 

Lineups:

Washington Capitals:

Alex Ovechkin —¬†Evgeny Kuznetsov¬†—¬†Tom Wilson

Jakub Vrana¬†—¬†Nicklas Backstrom¬†—¬†T.J. Oshie

Carl Hagelin¬†—¬†Lars Eller¬†— Brett Connolly

Andre Burakovsky¬†—¬†Chandler Stephenson¬†—¬†Travis Boyd

Michal Kempny¬†—¬†John Carlson

Dmitry Orlov¬†—¬†Matt Niskanen

Brooks Orpik¬†—¬†Nick Jensen

Braden Holtby

Pheonix Copley

Scratched: Christian Djoos, Dmitrij Jaskin, Nic Dowd

 

Tampa Bay Lightning:

Ondrej Palat¬†— Steven Stamkos —¬†J.T. Miller

Tyler Johnson¬†—¬†Brayden Point¬†—¬†Nikita Kucherov

Alex Killorn¬†—¬†Anthony Cirelli¬†—¬†Mathieu Joseph

Adam Erne¬†—¬†Cedric Paquette¬†—¬†Yanni Gourde

Victor Hedman¬†—¬†Mikhail Sergachev

Ryan McDonagh¬†—¬†Erik Cernak

Braydon Coburn¬†—¬†Jan Rutta

Andrei Vasilevskiy

Louis Domingue

Scratched: Ryan Callahan, Danick Martel

Injured: Dan Girardi (lower body), Anton Stralman (lower body)

 

First Period:

Lightning Goal Р8:35 РTyler Johnson (26) from Brayden Point (49) and Nikita Kucherov (81)

Lightning Goal – 10:33 – Alex Killorn (14) from unassisted

Capitals Goal – 12:06 – John Carlson (12) from Evgeny Kuznetsov (45)

Lightning Goal – 15:56 – Alex Killorn (15) from Anthony Cirelli (17) and Mathieu Joseph (10)

Lightning Penalty – 17:13 – Ondrej Palat 2 minutes for High Sticking

Capitals Penalty – 18:41 – Tom Wilson 2 minutes for Hooking

Capitals Penalty – 18:53 – Brett Connolly 2 minutes for Holding

 

End of 1st РWAS Р1       TB Р3

Shots              09                16

Faceoffs         08                16

Hits               09                  14

PP                 0/1                 0/0

 

Second Period:

Lightning Penalty – 5:59 – Nikita Kucherov 2 minutes for Interference

Capitals PPG – 7:33 – Alex Ovechkin (47) from TJ Oshie (24) and John Carlson (52)

Capitals Penalty – 14:42 – Evgeny Kuznetsov 2 minutes for Slashing

Lightning Penalty – 18:49 – Ryan McDonagh 2 minutes for Roughing

 

End of 2nd РWAS- 2        TB- 3

Shots              22                   21

Faceoffs        14                    26

Hits               14                     28

PP                   1/2                  0/3

 

Third Period:

Lightning Goal – 2:45 – Erik Cernak (4) from Ondrej Palat (23) and Ryan McDonagh (29)

Capitals Penalty – 4:10 – Matt Niskanen 2 minutes for Holding

Capitals Goal – 12:56 – Alex Ovechkin (48) from Dmitry Orlov (23) and Brett Connolly (21)

Lightning Penalty – 14:22 – Ondrej Palat 2 minutes for Tripping

Lightning ENG – 19:13 – Alex Killorn (16) from Nikita Kucherov (82)

Lightning Penalty – 19:46 – Erik Cernak for Misconduct

Capitals Penalty – 19:46 – Tom Wilson for Misconduct

Lightning ENG – 19:58 – Yanni Gourde (19) from unassisted

 

End of 3rd РWAS Р3         TB Р6

Shots              33                   35

Faceoffs        20                    37

Hits               23                     33

PP                 1/4                    0/4

 

Next Up:

Washington (42-23-7 91pts) @ New Jersey (27-36-9 63pts)

Tampa Bay (55-13-4 114pts) v. Arizona (36-30-5 77pts)

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