Apr 13, 2013; Washington, DC, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Mathieu Garon (32) makes a save on Washington Capitals left wing Martin Erat (10) in the second period at Verizon Center. The Capitals won 6-5 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

The Tampa Bay Lightning: Try, Try Again

The Tampa Bay Lightning is on quite the lengthy road trip. They started it off with a point against the Washington Capitals, and a hard earned point it was. Down by four goals, they fought hard to tie it up only to fall in over time.

The first period was ridiculous. Nate Thompson got a penalty for tripping. Benoit Pouliot got 2 penalties for hi-sticking, and B.J. Crombeen was slapped with a misconduct. Like that’s a surprise. The Lightning had a Too Many Men On The Ice call, served by Teddy Purcell. Nate Thompson took a puck to the face. He received 8 stitches, and was held out of tonight’s game versus the Buffalo Sabres as a precaution. He should be fine. Tampa did a great job killing off those penalties, as Troy Brouwer was the only one to break through and score a Power Play goal. Jack Hillen and Alexander Ovechkin also scored in the period, ending the segment with 3-0 in favor of the Capitals. Washington totally dominated the period with 20 shots on goal, Tampa only had 6.

The second period was more entertaining, as the Bolts started to fight back. They avoided penalties. Washington’s Jay Beagle and Nicklas Backstrom served the only 2 handed out. Jason Chimera opened the scoring for the period, making the score jump 4-0. But the Lightning wasn’t ready to just give up. Richard Panik put the Lightning on the board. About a minute and a half later Eric Fehr netted one, keeping the Caps 4 goal cushion. Martin St. Louis answered the goal towards the end of the period, making the score 4-2. The Lightning had 21 shots in the second, the Capitals only 10.

No penalties were served by either team in the third. The Lightning fought hard. Richard Panik, Martin St. Louis, and Teddy Purcell all three scored for an amazing come back. They tied the game up. The period ended with 11 shots on goal for Tampa, and only 4 for Washington. The game ended tied at 5-5. The shell-shocked Capitals, along with the anxiety pumped Lightning, prepared for over time.

In overtime Vincent Lecavalier took a slashing penalty, which was the poison to the fate of the game. Mike Green scored the Power Play goal, giving Washington the win.

At least Tampa picked up a point to start off the road game. They have to stop this falling behind and playing catch up game that they play. The need to come out and play hard from the beginning.

After the first period and three goals, Jon Cooper switched Ben Bishop for Mathieu Garon, who will get the start against Buffalo tonight. Cooper acknowledged that the score probably would have been 7-0 in the first had it not been for Bishop. Bishop is taking a much needed rest, and will return regrouped and ready when the coach gives him another try.

Just remember. There is SIXTY minutes of hockey to be played.

Dolly Dolce

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