The Bolts lost last night 5-4 to the Washington Capitals at the Verizon Center. With the loss the Bolts move 3 points out of the 8th playoff spot, with 19 games remaining.
The game was very chippy, due to the last meeting between the two teams at the St Pete Times Forum, but surprisingly didn’t feature any fighting majors.
In the first period, Eric Fehr for the Caps and Steve Downie both scored their 16th goals of the season. Downie extended his point streak to 9 games, second only to Steven Stamkos on the team. It looked like the game was going to slip away in the 2nd with two early goals by Mike Knuble to make the score 3 to 1. Shortly after Knuble’s second goal though, Vincent Lecavalier buried one in top left corner of the net to make the game 3 to 2.
The third period was an exciting one with 4 goals in the last 10 minutes of the game. Unfortunately for the Bolts, two of those were by the Caps. New acquisition Scott Walker scored on a backhander by starter Mike Smith. Vinny then proceeded to get a great breakaway pas from Teddy Purcell, the Bolts newest acquisition to make the score 4 to 3. Steven Stamkos scored 1 minute later to tie the game on his 38th goal of the year, but not even 30 seconds later, Mike Smith allowed an awful goal by Scott Walker (2nd of the night) to make the score 5-4. The Bolts had a few good chances with 1 minute left and Mike Smith off the ice, but we couldn’t put one between the pipes.
- Smitty started for the first time since February 14th.
- Stammers extended his point streak to 15 games, during which he has 26 points, 13 of them for goals.
- Kurtis Foster’s 23rd assist put him at 25th in scoring in the NHL amongst defenseman. Him and Downie are two of the feel good stories of the season for the Bolts.
- Teddy Purcell played on line 2 with Vincent Lecavalier and Ryan Malone.
- I hate Barry Melrose and Alex Tanguay, just wanted to mention that.