NHL Game Night 12/19: Lightning at Capitals

Thank goodness.

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Marc Denis stopped 20 of 24 shots for the win. Filip Kuba and Vincent Lecavalier paced the Lightning with 1 goal and 2 assists in the game. Martin St. Louis also chipped in 2 goals with Nikita Alexeev scoring the other Lightning marker. Dan Boyle, Ryan Craig, Ruslan Fedotenko, Vaclav Prospal and Cory Sarich each chipped in a helper in the contest.

The win will keep the Lightning 2 points ahead of Florida, which is pounding Toronto tonight 7-1 and will move the team back to 2 games under .500. Baby steps, I suppose.

First Period
Tampa Bay 7:34, Filip Kuba 4 (power play) (Ryan Craig, Vaclav Prospal)
Tampa Bay 12:54, Martin St. Louis 21 (Vincent Lecavalier, Cory Sarich)
Washington 13:54, Alexander Ovechkin 23 (Brooks Laich, Brian Sutherby)
Tampa Bay 17:15, Vincent Lecavalier 19 (power play) (Filip Kuba, Dan Boyle)

Second Period
Tampa Bay 1:35, Martin St. Louis 22 (power play) (Vincent Lecavalier, Filip Kuba)
Washington 8:36, Jamie Heward 3 (power play) (Ben Clymer, Kris Beech)
Tampa Bay 19:18, Nikita Alexeev 10 (Ruslan Fedotenko)

Third Period
Washington 10:29, Kris Beech 4 (power play) (Alexander Semin, Ben Clymer)
Washington 12:12, Bryan Muir 3 (Alexander Ovechkin, Alexander Semin)

Game sheet from NHL.com.

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Eh

It's 2 points. Vinny and Marty still look awesome.

Now that that's out of the way.

This team did EVERYTHING they could to give this win back tonight. Very lazy play in the third combined with 2 obvious delay of game penalties. They gave up 2 goals in the third, and with 7 minutes to go, let the Caps just totally run over them. If that period had been 1 minute longer, you gotta believe we see OT.

This 4 goals on 24 shots crap is going to kill this team. Watching Norrena play makes me worry about the organizations ability to judge talent/make smart moves. As it stand rights now, the Jackets totally hosed Tampa in that deal.

Agree

If John Grahame is strike 1, Sean Burke strike 2, Holmquist a foul ball, Denis could be strike 3. The word the Lightning used when getting Denis was ...'dependable'. How about dependable for 2 of 3 periods.

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