Capitals Fall To Lightning 3-2 (SO) In First Round Robin Game For Seeding

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The Washington Capitals fell to the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-2 (shootout) in their first postseason round robin game Monday afternoon at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto. The Capitals rallied from a 2-0 deficit to ultimately push the game to extra time. After a scoreless overtime period, Nikita Kucherov would pot the game-winning goal in the shootout. The Capitals earned a point and are currently third in the points standing for seeding. The Capitals next face the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday.

Defenseman John Carlson was a late scratch. Carlson was injured in last weeks exhibition game against the Carolina Hurricanes.

The Lightning struck first late in the opening period on a filthy top-shelf snipe by Nikita Kucherov at 12:53 of the first frame. Brayden Point had the lone assist.

The first period would end with the Bolts leading 1-0. The Lightning led in shot attempts 14-10 and shots on goal (SOG) 9-7 for the first frame. Washington was 0 for 1 on the power play while the Lightning did not have a man advantage.

The Lightning would stretch their lead to 2-0 on a goal from Mitchell Stephens at 7:48 of the middle frame. Victor Hedman had the lone assist.

The Capitals would finally get on the board with a dirty goal from Richard Panik (1) at 17:24 of the middle frame. Lars Eller (1) and Radko Gudas (1) had the helpers.

The Capitals would tie the game with a powerplay goal from Evgeny Kuznetsov (1) at 19:32 of the middle frame. Dmitry Orlov (1) and Nicklas Backstrom (1) had the assists.

The second period would expire with the game tied 2-2. The Lightning led in shot attempts 19-16 with the Capitals leading in SOG 12-8.

The Capitals and Lightning skated the final frame to a scoreless draw. The Capitals led in shots on goal 11-8 and 19-14 in shot attempts.

The Capitals were 1 for 3 on the power play. The Lightning did not have a power play in the game.

The five-minute 3-on-3 extra frame went scoreless. Both teams had 3 shots on goal.

Round 1: Lightning: Hedman: No Good; Capitals: Oshie: Good
Round 2: Lightning: Point: Good; Capitals: Kuznetsov: No Good
Round 3: Lightning: Kucherov: Good; Capitals: Backstrom: No Good


  • The Capitals led in SOG 33-28 for the game. The Lightning led in shot attempts 47-45.
  • Alex Ovechkin, Ilya Kovalchuk and Evgeny Kuznetsov led the Capitals in shots with 3.
  • The Capitals were 1 for 4 on the power play. Tampa Bay did not have a power play.
  • The Lightning won the faceoff battle 52-48%.
  • Braden Holtby stopped 26 of 28 shots faced for a .929 game save percentage.
  • Evgeny Kuznetsov tied the game with a power play goal. He’s now one goal shy of passing Dale Hunter (25) for the fourth most playoff goals in franchise history.
  • With an assist on the Capitals’ second goal, Dmitry Orlov passed Al Iafrate (16) for the 11th most playoff points by a defenseman in franchise history. Additionally, Orlov has now recorded a point in three straight playoff games (3a).
  • Richard Panik cut Tampa’s lead to 2-1. From Dec. 14 to the conclusion of the season this year, Panik recorded 20 points (7g, 13a) in 36 games. All 20 of his points came at even strength, which was tied for 69th in the NHL.
  • The goal was Panik’s first career postseason goal.
  • Radko Gudas recorded the primary assist on the Capitals’ first goal. It marks Gudas’ second career playoff point and his first since 2014, when he recorded an assist against the Montreal Canadiens a member of the Tampa Bay Lightning.

By Jon Sorensen


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Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His interest in the Caps has grown over the decades and included time as a season ticket holder. He has been a journalist covering the team for 10+ years, primarily focusing on analysis, analytics and prospect development.
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6 Responses to Capitals Fall To Lightning 3-2 (SO) In First Round Robin Game For Seeding

  1. Mark Eiben says:

    Caps shook off the rust halfway thru the game and outplayed the Lightning in the 3rd. Caps will be fine as long as they are skating, defending and are heavy on the other team.

    • Jon Sorensen says:

      Agreed. They played well, and led in most key statistical categories. Anytime an opposing goaltender goes .960 save percentage, it’s going to be tough to get the win.

  2. Mark Eiben says:

    Btw Jon, do you know or can anyone find out how the coach structure is since Reid Cashman left? He seemed to struggle with the defense when he was here and I wonder if Reirden or Arniel has taken that over? Is there anyway to find out? Thanks.

  3. Mark Eiben says:

    Thanks. I didn’t know he was still with them.

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