On the eve of St. Patrick’s Day, the Bolts looked to use its luck in the first of three games against the Washington Capitals in the span of two weeks. The team skated onto the ice for pre-game warmups with festive green jerseys donning various nicknames on their backs.
The Tampa Bay Lightning continued to set new records for the season after a 6-3 win against the Capitals. It was the team’s 55th win, putting 114 points on the season, both of these stats being team records. There are still 10 games remaining in the season.
The Bolts started off quick with two goals in the first. With some perfect passing from both Nikita Kucherov and Brayden Point, Tyler Johnson scored the first of the game. Alex Killorn‘s first of the night was a lucky bounce off of a Capital’s skate. With the Bolts up 2-0 early, the team maintained a physical intensity against the reigning Stanley Cup champions.
Not long after, the Capitals got one back to make the game 2-1. To wrap up the first, Killorn scored again, but this time it was not luck. Killorn skated with the puck into the zone, battled a Capitals forward and was able to take his own rebound to put the Bolts up 3-1 after the first.
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The Capitals brought the intensity back in the second period and Alex Ovechkin scored to make it only a one-goal lead for the Bolts.
The third period was yet again a four-goal period, with the first goal coming from Erik Cernak to increase the Bolts lead, 4-2. Ovechkin scored his second of the night to cut the lead yet again to only one goal. Killorn and Yanni Gourde both scored empty-net goals to end the night with a 6-3 win. Killorn’s empty netter would seal the deal for his first career hat trick.
The Lightning have 10 more games remaining in the season with two of the games being against the Capitals. This game was played at a playoff-type level and the next two should be no less. The Bolts play the Arizona Coyotes at home on Monday and then go on a three-game road trip.