Game Recap – 3/20/19 – Tampa Bay Lightning v. Washington Capitals

Tampa Bay Lightning (56-13-4 116pts) v. Washington Capitals (43-23-7 93pts)

 

Game Recap:

The Washington Capitals head home for their lone matchup at Capital One Arena against the Tampa Bay Lightning as they also look to get some revenge from their game last week where the Lightning doubled up the Capitals 6-3. In the first period on a Tampa Bay turnover Carl Hagelin would flip the puck to Lars Eller who would score to give the Capitals a 1-0 lead. Afterwards the Capitals would draw two penalties, but would not be able to capitalize on either powerplay opportunity.

 

The second period would not start very well for the Capitals as in the dying seconds of Tom Wilson’s holding penalty, Nakita Kucherov would score to tie the game at one. Then on an Alex Ovechkin elbowing penalty Steven Stamkos would only need four seconds to give the Lightning a 2-1 lead, but it would stop there as the Lighting would get a great drive in the Capitals zone and Anthony Cirelli would throw the puck in the crease and it would hit off of John Carlson’s skate and into the wide open net. However, the Capitals would not let this 2 goal lead deter them as an offensive rush would result in Carl Hagelin roofing the puck to cut the Lightning’s lead to one. The Capitals would then tie the game at three while on the powerplay as TJ Oshie stick to it and battle in front of the net to knock the puck into the net, but then on their third powerplay opportunity, the Lightning would make the Capitals pay as Nikita Kucherov would net his second of the game to give the Lightning their lead back going into the second intermission.

 

In the third period we would see some solid playoff style hockey from both teams, but it would be the Capitals getting two powerplay opportunities in the first half of the period, however, they would not be able to capitalize on them. Then in the final minute of regulation with Braden Holtby pulled from his net, Evgeny Kuznetsov would score to send the game into overtime.

 

Then in overtime it would be the Lightning taking advantage of an odd man rush as Victor Hedman would net his 11th of the season to win the game in 5-4 for the Lightning.

 

Lineups:

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, Cameron Gaunce

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

 

Washington Capitals:

Alex Ovechkin — Evgeny Kuznetsov — Tom Wilson

Jakub Vrana — Nicklas Backstrom — T.J. Oshie

Carl Hagelin — Lars Eller — Brett Connolly

Andre Burakovsky — Nic Dowd — Chandler Stephenson

Michal Kempny — John Carlson

Dmitry Orlov — Matt Niskanen

Brooks Orpik — Nick Jensen

Braden Holtby

Pheonix Copley

Scratched: Christian Djoos, Dmitrij Jaskin, Travis Boyd

Injured: None

 

First Period:

Capitals Goal – 7:32 – Lars Eller (12) from Carl Hagelin (11)

Lightning Penalty – 9:30 – Steven Stamkos 2 minutes for Holding

Lightning Penalty- 16:26 – Jan Ruuta 2 minutes for Tripping

Capitals Penalty – 19:27 – Tom Wilson 2 minutes for Holding

 

End of 1st – TB – 0       WAS – 1

Shots              05                15

Faceoffs         11                10

Hits               04                  15

PP                 0/0                 0/2

 

Second Period:

Lightning PPG – 1:19 – Nikita Kucherov (36) from Steven Stamkos (47) and Victor Hedman (38)

Capitals Penalty – 2:08 – Alex Ovechkin 2 minites for Elbowing

Lightning PPG – 2:12 – Steven Stamkos (37) from JT Miller (27)

Lightning Goal – 6:45 – Anthony Cirelli (16) from Mathieu Joseph (11)

Capitals Goal – 10:30 – Carl Hagelin (5) from Lars Eller (23)

Lightning Penalty – 12:00 – Mikhail Sergachev 2 minutes for Slashing

Capitals PPG – 13:40 – TJ Oshie (22) from Alex Ovechkin (35) and John Carlson (53)

Capitals Penalty – 14:06 – Dmitry Orlov 2 minites for Slashing

Lightning PPG – 15:01 – Nikita Kucherov (37) from Steven Stamkos (48) and Ondrej Palat (24)

Lightning Penalty – 15:42 – Yanni Gourde 5 minute major for Fighting

Capitals Penalty – 15:42 – Jakub Vrana 5 minute major for Fighting

Lightning Penalty – 15:42 – Cedric Paquette 2 minutes for Roughing

Lightning Penalty – 15:42 – Cedric Paquette 2 minutes for Cross Checking

Capitals Penalty – 15:42 – Michal Kempny 2 minutes for High Sticking

Lightning Penalty – 15:42 – Mikhail Sergachev 2 minutes for Roughing

Capitals Penalty – 15:42 – TJ Oshie 2 minutes for Roughing

 

End of 2nd – TB – 4        WAS – 3

Shots               16                 37

Faceoffs          24                 22

Hits                 09                  24

PP                   3/3                  1/4

 

Third Period:

Lightning Penalty – 1:24 – Ondrej Palat 2 minutes for Slashing

Lightning Penalty – 10:13 – Brayden Point 2 minutes for Slashing

Capitals Goal – 19:07 – Evgeny Kuznetsov (20) from Nicklas Backstrom (51) and TJ Oshie (25)

 

End of 3rd – TB – 4         WAS – 4

Shots              26                   56

Faceoffs        35                    33

Hits               14                     32

PP                 3/3                    1/6

 

OT:

Lightning Goal – 3:01 – Victor Hedman (11) from Yanni Gourde (24)

 

End of OT – TB – 5         WAS – 4

Shots              29                   58

Faceoffs        35                    37

Hits               17                     34

PP                 3/3                    1/6

 

Next Up:

Washington (43-23-8 94pts) v. Minnesota (34-31-9 77pts)

Tampa Bay (57-13-4 118pts) @ Carolina (40-25-7 87pts)

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