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Capitals vs. Lightning Recap: Bolts Best Caps in Shootout

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Brian Boyle’s shootout goal was the difference in Tampa Bay.

NHL: Washington Capitals at Tampa Bay Lightning Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Washington rolled into Tampa Bay coming off a shutout loss to the New York Islanders on Thursday night and looking to rebound. 65 minutes of play wasn’t enough to determine a winner and in the shootout it was Brian Boyle with the game winner.

First up, Saturday night’s Plus/Minus.

  • Plus: Washington’s power play clicked on its fourth opportunity of the game after going scoreless in six chances against the Islanders last game.
  • Minus: Alex Ovechkin was whistled for two minor penalties tonight, the second straight contest where he has sat in the penalty box for four minutes.

Nine more notes on the game:

  • The Capitals gave the Lightning two early power play chances with both Nicklas Backstrom and Ovechkin guilty of a minor penalty. While Washington killed off both penalties those four minutes with the man advantage allowed Tampa Bay to control play throughout the first.
  • Nikita Kucherov scored the game’s first goal a little more than halfway through the contest on a man advantage chance. Tampa Bay held the puck in the offensive zone which allowed Victor Hedman to tee the puck up for Kucherov’s successful snipe.
  • The second period would end without any additional goals but Tampa Bay came close on several chances.
  • Ben Bishop continued to contain the Capitals but couldn’t keep Washington’ powerplay silent all game. Backstrom bested Bishop with a sharp snapshot with the man advantage six and a half minutes into the third period.
  • Backstrom’s goal ended a Washington goalless drought greater than 100 minutes long.
  • After a scoreless overtime came and went it was Evgeny Kuznetsov, Brayden Point, and Boyle scoring, giving Tampa Bay the extra point.
  • Paul Carey was given a sweater tonight by Barry Trotz for the second time this season. He went scoreless and shotless in 13 minutes of work.
  • The Lightning entered tonight’s contest as losers of four straight.
  • T.J. Oshie missed his sixth straight contest due to injury and Washington dropped to 3-3-0 since he left the lineup in November.

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