NHL Game Night: 11/11/10 Lightning at Capitals

The Lightning played a lot better than the score indicates.


Dan Ellis allowed 5 goals on 25 shots for the loss. I didn't think he played as poorly as his stat line indicates, either.

First Period
09:27 TB Purcell (2), Bergenheim (4), Thompson (4)

Second Period
02:21 WSH Poti (1), Semin (8), Backstrom (11)
07:51 WSH Knuble (3), Laich (7), Fleischmann (4)

Third Period
02:43 TB Malone (2), St Louis (10), Stamkos (12)(PP)
04:33 WSH Semin (10), Backstrom (12), Ovechkin (13)(PP)
10:46 WSH Semin (11), Backstrom (13), Ovechkin (14)
12:43 TB Stamkos (14), Moore (2), St Louis (11)
15:08 WSH Ovechkin (9), Semin (9), Schultz (4)
19:44 WSH Semin (12), Backstrom (14), Carlson (7)(EN)

It's tough. They outshot the Caps 41-26 in the game and were about even, I imagine, in chances. Their guys beared down on their chances. The Lightning didn't. This could've been a 6-3 game in favor of the Lightning pretty easily if they got the bounces. I'll take the effort the Lightning gave tonight on most nights. The big drama now, though, is what the fallout will be from Vincent Lecavalier not touching the ice in the third period. Injured? Benched? We shall see.

UPDATE: Lecavalier broke his right hand and is out indefinitely.

Mattias Ritola was -1 with 1 shot and 2 hits in 13:20.

Dana Tyrell was -2 in 11:14 with 1 shot. He seemed off tonight.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.