The Washington Capitals just continue to win, they got their fourth consecutive victory in a row last night at home over the Tampa Bay Lightning. Washington’s done it with one of the more potent attacks in the league, their power play was on fire last night, accounting for three of their four goals on the night. As Alexander Ovechkin continues his chase to 500 career goals, he got number 487 against Tampa Bay in the first period. His power play goal was just the first of a bunch on the evening. It was an impressive 4-2 win over the Lightning, although the third period may have been a little sloppy for Washington.
Washington’s Egveny Kuznetsov is really proving his worth, the young playmaker was at it again last night with two assists. The first on Ovi’s first period power play tally, a great wrist shot that went top shelf to beat the net minder. The Capitals used stellar defense to keep the Lightning at bay while also pressuring them into penalties.
The second period was all Washington, as they asserted their dominance over the visiting Lightning. The duo of Kuzy and Chimera would connect again, they had the assists on Ovechkin’s goal in the first period. This time, they connected for a goal. Kuzy fired an extremely hard pass through traffic in the crease to a waiting Chimmer at the far post, all he had to do was place it in the net. There was literally nothing the Lightning could do to stop that goal, but the 2-0 lead didn’t last long. Nearly a minute later, the Capitals went up 3-0 off of a Johansson goal. John Carlson sent the puck into the crease and it came through clean, Marcus Johansson simply turned his skate to redirect the puck past Vasilevskiy.
The third period was Washington’s worst, Tampa Bay took advantage of the lapse and scored two quick goals to cut the deficit to two. The first was a beauty, Braden Holtby couldn’t do anything about it, if he even saw it. Brian Boyle’s one-timer put Tampa on the board and Victor Hedman scored soon after. The Capitals didn’t blink, they simply went back to work on the defensive end, shutting the Lightning back down. Prior to those two Lightning goals, Washington’s T.J. Oshie snapped out of his scoring drought with a blistering one-timer for his fifth tally of the season. He was fed that pass from Nicklas Backstrom, his eleventh helper of the year.
The Capitals don’t get much time to enjoy that win as they’re back at it tonight. They’ll be on the road tonight to face the Toronto Maple Leafs.