Photo credit: Mike Carlson
The Washington Capitals ended their vacation in America’s unit by mixing it up with the Tampa Bay Lightning. The game featured the return of Mike Green to active duty and Mike Knuble to the top line, but precious little else.
Just 130 seconds in, a neutral-ice turnover by Dmitry Orlov led to Tom Pyatt’s puck dribbling past Vokoun. Just 110 seconds into the second period, a turnover by Matt Hendricks led to Steven Stamkos’s breakaway and the 40th goal of his season. Brooks Laich redirected a Matthieu Perreault pass into the weak side of the Tampa net to make it 2-1. A Marcus Johansson penalty nixed the team’s chances at a comeback.
Mike Green’s big comeback was kind of a quiet affair. For a guy who hasn’t played since the early 80s, his 14 minutes and change on ice was impressive, but he didn’t contribute significantly to the team’s offense.
And it was that lacking offense that cost the Capitals a win. After a string of games with ever-increasing shot totals, the Caps let down big here– tallying only 22.
The Caps gain no ground in the division or conference. They are two points behind Florida and one behind Toronto. Bummer. Two more road games.
Finally, here’s @jopierce‘s artist rendering of Joe B’s suit. Thanks!
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