In an important game (still not must win time yet), the Bolts failed to beat the Washington Capitals on Sunday, losing a tough game 3-2.
”Every team wants to come in a make a statement and say ‘We’re the team that knocked these guys off,”’ Brooks Laich said, ”so we’re getting teams’ best efforts every single night. We’re in special territory right now, and a chance to make history in our next game, so we’ve got to be prepared.”
The Caps took a 2-0 lead in the 2nd period off of goals by Nicklas Backstrom and Brooks Laich. The Lightning tied the game up 2-2 in the third period off of goals by Martin St Louis and Steven Stamkos, their 16th and 29th goals respectively. Alexander Ovechkin scored late in the third period which ended up being the Game Winning Goal.
The Bolts had a chance to tie the game with a few seconds left in the third period, but Vincent Lecavalier was thrown out of the draw in the Caps end of the ice, was pissed off about it (and if you saw it, he was rightfully pissed), got a penalty called on him, moving the draw into the Lightning zone, essentially ending any chance the Bolts had of coming back.
The game didn’t feature the same amount of fisticuffs and hostilities as the last game between these two teams, surprising considering the way the last game went down.
The loss moved the Lightning from 8th to 12th place, and at 55 points, are only two points out of 6th place in the East. Expect a lot more jostling in the standings in the next two months, as 8 teams are seperated by a grand total of 3 points in the East.