Game Recap – 3/30/2019 – Washington Capitals v. Tampa Bay Lightning

Washington Capitals (46-24-8 100pts) v. Tampa Bay Lightning (59-14-4 122pts)

 

Game Recap:

In their final meeting of the regular season the Washington Capitals head down to Tampa Bay with hopes of grounding the League leading Lightning. Early in the game it would be the Capitals gaining the advantage as Tom Wilson would feed Nicklas Backstrom for his 20th of the season to give the Capitals a 1-0 lead. Then TJ Oshie would net a pair goals both at even strength and on the powerplay to give the Capitals a 3-0 lead going into the first intermission.

 

In the second period the Capitals would continue their strong play as Dmitry Orlov would put forth a strong individual effort to feed Backstrom for his second goal of the game to grow the Capitals lead to four. However, in the final minutes of the second period, JT Miller would tip in a Mikhail Sergachev point shot to cut the Capitals lead to three going into the second intermission.

 

In the third period the Lightning would cut the Capitals lead to two when Tyler Johnson would net his 28th of the season. After that the fireworks would explode as Brooks Orpik and Anthony Cirelli would drop the gloves followed by a heavyweight tilt between Tom Wilson and Erik Cernak. Then the “Great Eight” Alex Ovechkin would score his 50th of the season, and then on a Nikita Kucherov penalty, Ovechkin would net his 51st of the season to give the Capitals a commanding 6-2 lead. However, in the final minute Nic Dowd would take a penalty for hooking and Kucherov would score to cut the Capitals lead to three, but it would be too little too late for the Lightning as the Capitals would go on to win 6 to 3.

 

Lineups:

Washington Capitals:

Alex Ovechkin —¬†Nicklas Backstrom¬†—¬†Tom Wilson

Jakub Vrana¬†— Evgeny Kuznetsov —¬†T.J. Oshie

Carl Hagelin¬†—¬†Lars Eller¬†—¬†Andre Burakovsky

Travis Boyd¬†—¬†Nic Dowd¬†—¬†Chandler Stephenson

Matt Niskanen¬†—¬†Dmitry Orlov

Christian Djoos¬†—¬†John Carlson

Nick Jensen¬†—¬†Brooks Orpik

Braden Holtby

Pheonix Copley

Scratched: Dmitrij Jaskin, Jonas Siegenthaler

Injured: Brett Connolly (illness), Michal Kempny (lower body)

 

Tampa Bay Lightning:

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

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

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: Cameron Gaunce, Ryan Callahan, Danick Martel

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

 

First Period:

Lightning Penalty – :21 – Andrei Vasilevskiy (Yanni Gourde) 2 minutes for Tripping

Capitals Goal – 7:24 – Nicklas Backstrom (20) from Tom Wilson (18) and Christian Djoos (9)

Capitals Goal – 10:45 – TJ Oshie (24) from Nick Jensen (18) Carl Hagelin (13)

Lightning Penalty – 14:12 – Anthony Cirelli 2 minutes for High Sticking

Capitals PPG – 16:00 – TJ Oshie (25) from John Carlson (55) and Evgeny Kuznetsov (50)

 

End of 1st РWAS Р3       TB Р0

Shots              13                05

Faceoffs         08                09

Hits               08                  05

PP                 1/2                 0/0

 

Second Period:

Capitals Goal – 7:53 – Nicklas Backstrom (21) from Dmitry Orlov (26)

Lightning Penalty – 9:31 – Braydon Coburn 2 minutes for Boarding

Capitals Penalty – 13:44 – Tom Wilson 2 minutes for High Sticking

Lightning Goal – 17:25 – JT Miller (13) from Mikhail Sergachev (23) and Ryan McDonagh (34)

 

End of 2nd РWAS Р4        TB Р1

Shots               27                 14

Faceoffs          18                 14

Hits                 13                  13

PP                   1/3                  0/1

 

Third Period:

Lightning Penalty – :47 – Mikhail Sergachev 2 minutes for High Sticking

Lightning Goal – 3:36 – Tyler Johnson (28) from unassisted

Lightning Penalty – 9:26 – Anthony Cirelli 5 minute major for Fighting

Capitals Penalty – 9:26 – Brooks Orpik 5 minute major for Fighting

Capitals Penalty – 9:26 – Brooks Orpik (Alex Ovechkin) 2 minutes for Roughing

Lightning Penalty -12:13 – Erik Cernak 5 minute major for Fighting

Capitals Penalty – 12:13 – Tom Wilson 5 minute major for Fighting

Capitals Goal – 14:35 – Alex Ovechkin (50) from TJ Oshie (27) and Nicklas Backstrom (52)

Lightning Penalty – 15:30 – Nikita Kucherov 2 minutes for Tripping

Capitals PPG – 16:15 – Alex Ovechkin (51) from Johm Carlson (56) and Evgeny Kuznetsov (51)

Capitals Penalty – 19:14 – Nic Dowd 2 minutes for Hooking

Lightning PPG – 19:32 – Nikita Kucherov (39) from Mikhail Sergachev (24) and JT Miller (32)

 

End of 3rd РWAS Р6         TB Р2

Shots              35                   28

Faceoffs        33                    28

Hits               18                     22

PP                 2/5                    0/3

 

Next Up:

Washington (47-24-8 102pts) @ Florida (35-32-12 82pts)

Tampa Bay (59-15-4 122pts) @ Ottawa (28-44-6 62pts)

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