Squandered Opportunity: Bolts beat Caps 4-2

Stamkos signs autographs on the red carpet pregame. Also: WTF? (Photo credit: Scott Audette)

The Washington Capitals began the final week of their (regular) season with a road game with the Tampa Bay Lightning. That team who swept the Caps out of the playoffs last year, looked like that same team from last May.

Alex Semin missed an empty net, but scored on a lovely one-timer just seconds later. Teddy Purcell tied it up with a powerplay tally, and then Tom Pyatt deflected a Hedman shot in Neuvy’s net just half a minute later. Jason Chimera crashed the net and tied it up with three minutes left, but Steven Stamkos gave the Bolts the lead again with 63 seconds left. Then Stamkos got the empty netter and that was that. Bolts beat Caps 4-2.

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Caps Play Dog Video, Song After Jay Beagle Goal

Photo credit: Emily Casto

Something unusual happened in the Caps’ win against Montreal on Saturday — Jay Beagle scored. If you were watching closely, though, you might have seen something even more unusual. This was Jay Beagle’s third goal of the year, the Washington forward’s career best in the NHL, but clearly the Verizon Center staff were never expecting him to stop at two goals.

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Tampa Bay Lightning Pregame: Final Sprint

Saturday’s win over the Canadiens was way too close, but two points were gained and that is all that matters. Now, in this final week of the regular season, six points remain available. The Caps kinda need all of those if they want home-ice advantage in the playoffs.

That means getting two tonight in Tampa.

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