NHL Game Night 3/27: Lightning at Capitals

A valiant comeback comes up short.

TB-3
WSH-5

Mike McKenna allowed 4 goals on 38 shots in the loss. He held the team in once the Caps got to three and gave them a chance to get back even. No complaints from me.

First Period
06:49 WSH Ovechkin (52), (Backstrom, Laich)(PP)
11:17 WSH Backstrom (20), (Ovechkin, Green)(PP)
15:48 TB St. Louis (29), (Pettinger, Lashoff)
19:38 WSH Backstrom (21), (Green, Ovechkin)(PP)

Second Period
19:06 TB Stamkos (19), (Malone, St. Louis)

Third Period
02:59 TB Prospal (19), (St. Louis)
04:30 WSH Pothier (1), (Laich, Aucoin)
19:53 WSH Ovechkin (53), (Laich)(EN)

The Lightning's penalty kill has been absolutely attrocious in the second half of the season. I suppose it's a combination of losing their most mobile defensemen on the backline and losing Smitty. Still, one thing I'd like to see next season is Tocchet giving Stamkos some PK time. He skates so well, I think he'll quite a bit of pressure on the opposing point men.

Noah Welch was -1 with 1 shot and 1 hit in 8:44. His ice time in a game where one of the other d-men went out injured speaks volumes about what the coaching staff thinks of him. I think that of him too.

Matt Smaby had 2 penalty minutes, 2 hits, and 2 blocked shots in 8:01. He left the game after suffering a "lower body injury." The young man's been playing on a bad wheel for quite some time. Hopefully he'll get back quickly. He's just 4 games from graduating from prospect status here on BP.

David Koci had 2 penalty minutes, 1 hit, and 1 blocked shot in 5:35. No shots, no kills.

Martins Karsums had 2 shots and 1 hit in 8:49. He does nothing for me.

Richard Petiot managed, somehow, to land the big +3 with 1 hit and 1 blocked shot in 21:49.

Matt Lashoff got his first even strength assist, 4 penalty minutes, 3 shots, and 2 blocked shots in 24:01. I'd like to see him take better angles in his own end. I think it would keep him from taking so many minor penalties.

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