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Capitals vs. Lightning QuickCap: Washington Falls to Tampa Bay as Third Comeback Falls Short

The Caps fell behind twice tonight in their battle against the Bolts. They could not comeback a third time in falling to the Lightning, 4-3.

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The Capitals were stuck with having to come from behind all night against the Tampa Bay Lightning, having come from behind twice. They came back once to take a lead, then came back again to tie the game. They could not do it a third time, though, as they dropped a 4-3 decision to the Bolts at Amalie Arena in Tampa.

  • Plus: Eric Fehr. After being benched against the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday, Fehr came back against the Lightning to register a team high six shots on goal (tied with Alex Ovechkin) and the team’s first goal of the contest. The six shots on goal were the most recorded by Fehr in a game since he had seven against the Ottawa Senators on December 19, 2010, in a 3-2 Caps win.
  • Minus: Below the dots. It is tempting to give the "minus" to Braden Holtby, who allowed four goals on 28 shots, but the Lightning were allowed to set up without much resistance to deflect and redirect shots on Holtby. As for Holtby’s performance, the Lightning scored three goals on four shots in a space of 12:58 spanning the second and third periods. Holtby, who seems to thrive on a heavy workload, needs to find a way to focus in low shot games (he has faced only 91 shots in his last four games but has a save percentage of .868), or the Caps possession numbers are not going to amount to much.

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