Good, bad need two points at home: Capitals beat Lightning 4-3

The Washington Capitals and Tampa Bay Lightning entered Wednesday night’s action and both needed a win to right their wobbly ships. However, only one team could walk away with the two points.

Martin Fehervary jumped in to open the scoring for the evening. John Carlson hit another on the power play. Nikita Kucherov responded with an undisputed lunge wrist. Alex Ovechkin put his boys back up two just before Nick Paul responded once more to cut that in half.

John Carlson beat Andrei Vasilevskiy again for his second goal of the night and his fourth point. Ross Colton brought the Lightning back into the game late in the third.

The Capitals beat the Lightning 4-3!

  • Fairly even and very open play in the first frame. Somehow, five goals were probably on the lighter side. Not really the game I would choose to play against the Lightning but hey, a lead is a lead.
  • That first goal against was like the epitome of the Caps for long stretches this season. They must avoid them. Just a lack of effort and a bunch of guys who don’t move their feet and look like they fell on the ice in the middle of an NHL game for the first time in their lives.
  • Ilya Samsonov can be hard to watch sometimes, man. This Nick Paul lens is one he just needs to have. Just after the Caps came up two goals, it was an additional killer. Third base, he completely loses the puck and is nineteen miles from the right position he needs to be in. It is unfortunately typical for him this season.
  • The Caps came out for second and honestly… had a really great time. It was nice to see. They had five high five-to-five danger chances against Tampa’s zero. The defense felt incredibly active for me in this game and that aggression paid off more times than not for forty minutes.
  • Alex Ovechkin scored his 773rd career goal and the strike was also his 1,400th all-time point. His wife Nastya attended for the first time since January after returning from Russia.
  • John Carlson with a four-point night and without a fingernail, the offside would have had a hat-trick and five points. When he intervenes like that, it really makes the team and especially the power play difficult to face.
  • There is a middle ground between the NBC intermission panel and the TNT intermission panel. Maybe one day a network will find it, but for now we’re apparently stuck with erectile dysfunction joke number 459.
  • Fantastic defensive third. Lightning had nothing.
  • Congratulations to Trevor Van Riemsdyk for his work on the numerical disadvantage. Probably the most unsung hero of this Caps team. Great hockey player.
  • Nikita Kucherov with the big embellishment towards the end. Typical for him. He also scored a goal for his team.

The Caps will have a few more days off before they meet the Penguins on Saturday for an afternoon of love-making in the Metro Division.

Title photo courtesy of Hannah Greene

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