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The Capitals held their own against one of the best hockey teams in the NHL. Tampa's exciting brand of hockey result in lots of goals, coming into the game T.B led the league in goals. Rather than hesitate, the Caps attacked the game at the speed of their opponents... and looked good in doing so. Look for our full recap later, but first, Tuesday night's Plus/Minus:
- Plus: Exciting hockey. That game was fun, lots of back and forth action throughout the night. We saw that fast pace combine with some hard work on Brooks Laich's goal that put the Caps up 3-2 during the second period. One can't help but wonder if the Caps would be a better hockey team if they played every game at this sort of speed. A team can be hard working and still play an exciting style of hockey, we saw that tonight.
- Minus: Lapses with the lead. We wrote about how the Capitals are struggling to possess the puck while they are leading. Those struggles were very real at the end of the first period and the start of the third. The Caps were able to once again escape with a win despite some poor play while leading, thanks in large part to the strong play of Braden Holtby...even if they did lose one-goal leads twice. It's worth nothing that unlike the game against the Devils, the Caps pushed back with the lead right before Troy Brouwer's tally to put the Caps up by two goals.
And now, this...
GIF by Steph (@myregularface)