Bottom-Six Boost: Capitals’ Bottom-Six Come Up Big in Third Period With Two Quick Tallies


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For the last few games, the Capitals have had the full compliment of their intended lineup this season and while it took a few games, the team’s chemistry has begun to work. Nowhere in their Saturday night contest against the Tampa Bay Lightning was that more apparent than in the early part of the third period, when the team’s bottom-six forward corps combined to go back-to-back on the scoreboard.

The team’s third-line combined to the Capitals a 2-1 lead just 1:58 into the final frame, when Lars Eller converted after a beautiful passing sequence from first defenseman Dmitry Orlov and then Richard Panik for his seventh goal of the season. The assist was Panik’s first in a Caps sweater.

Offseason signing Garnet Hathaway would net his fifth of the season just 45 seconds after Eller’s tally, on a nice dish from Brendan Leipsic (defenseman Radko Gudas was credited with the secondary assist) to give the Caps a 3-1 lead at the 2:42 mark of the third period.

Hathaway’s goal just 45 seconds after Eller’s marked the sixth time the Caps have scored twice within 60 seconds of each other.

By Michael Fleetwood

About Michael Fleetwood

Michael Fleetwood was born into a family of diehard Capitals fans and has been watching games as long as he can remember. He was born the year the Capitals went to their first Stanley Cup Final, and is a diehard Caps fan, the owner of the very FIRST Joe Beninati jersey and since then, has met Joe himself. His favorite player became former Capital Nate Schmidt after he met Schmidt in a Hershey hotel while in Hershey PA to see the Bears play, shortly after Schmidt was injured during a conditioning stint. Michael is also a fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Orioles, and enjoys photography, watching WildEarth TV's SafariLive live safaris, and watching animals in his spare time. (Photo by Adam Vingan in 2014 at the Capitals Development Camp).
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