Capitals Ground Lightning, 4-3; John Carlson Scores Twice

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The Washington Capitals downed the Tampa Bay Lightning, 4-3, Wednesday night at Capital One Arena. The victory improves the Capitals record to 38-22-10 (86 points) on the season.


The Capitals opened with two quick goals from Martin Fehervary and John Carlson before the Lightning would answer. Alex Ovechkin would then post his 43rd of the season but one again the Lightning would answer for a 3-2 Capitals lead at the first intermission.

The Capitals stretched their lead to 4-2 on a power play goal from John Carlson, his second goal of the game, and held the lead into the second intermission.

The Lightning would cut the Capitals lead to one with a 6-on-4 power play goal with 2:50 remaining in regulation. The Capitals would hold on for the 4-3 win.



Ilya Samsonov (19-9-0-4, 2.95 GAA, .899 sv%) got the start between the pipes for the  Capitals. Andrei Vasilevskiy (35-15-0-4 2.43 GAA, .917 sv%) got the start in goal for the visiting Lightning. The starting forward lines and defensive pairs for the Capitals:


The Capitals opened the scoring on Martin Fehervary’s 6th goal of the season at 5:10 of the first frame. John Carlson (45) and Conor Sheary (19) had the helpers.

The Capitals extended their early lead on a power play goal by John Carlson (x) at 7:38 of the opening stanza. Evgeny Kuznetsov (45) and Nicklas Backstrom (21) had the assists.

The Lightning would quickly answer with a tally from Nikita Kucherov(14) just 1:03 after the Carlson goal. Viktor Hedman (48) had the lone assist.

The Capitals restored their two-goal lead on Alex Ovechkin’s 43rd goal of the season at 15:10 of the first frame. John Carlson (46) had the lone assist.

But the Lightning would answer. Nicholas Paul (13) would notch the Lightning’s second goal at 16:31 of the first frame. Steven Stamkos (47) had the lone assist.

The period would end with the Capitals leading 3-2. The Bolts led in shot attempts 20-18, scoring chances 11-10, high-danger chances 6-5 and xGF .95 to .88.


The Capitals stretched their lead to 4-2 on a power play goal from John Carlson, his second goal of the game, at 16:35 of the middle frame. T.J. Oshie (13) and Alex Ovechkin (38) had the helpers.

The period would end with the Capitals leading 4-2. Shot attempts were tied 15-15 in the second period.


The Lightning pulled their goaltender with 5:31 remaining in the third period with the Capitals still leading, 4-2.

Nic Dowd would then be called for cross-checking, giving the Lightning a 6-4 power play with 4:23 remaining in the final frame, and the Lightning would score. Ross Colton would pot the Lightning’s third goal with 2:50 left in the game.

The Capitals we’re awarded a power play after Andrei Vasilevskiy was called for tripping,

The Capitals are back in action on Saturday when they visit the Penguins in Pittsburgh. Puck drop is set for 3:00 PM.


  • Martin Fehervary opens the scoring for the Caps for a 1-0 lead over Tampa. That’s Fehervary’s sixth goal of the season. He’s the first Caps rookie defenseman to score six goals in a season since John Carlson’s seven in 2010-11 and the ninth overall in franchise history.
  • With his 43rd goal of the season, Ovechkin has passed Phil Esposito (42g in 1978-79) for the third-most goals by a player aged 36 or older in a season in NHL history. Ovechkin now trails Gordie Howe (44g in 1968-69) by one goal for second.
  • Alex Ovechkin gives the Caps a 3-1 lead with his 43rd goal of the season. That marks Ovechkin’s 1,400th career point (773g, 627a).
  • John Carlson picked up his third point of the period with an assist on Ovechkin’s goal (1g, 2a). That’s tied for the most points in a period by a Capital this season (Nick Jensen: 3a in the third period on March 8 against Calgary.
  • John Carlson scored his second power play goal of the game and his fourth point tonight (2g, 2a). This marks Carlson’s third career four point game and second this season (Dec. 29, 2021 vs. Nashville: 1g, 3a).


About Jon Sorensen

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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4 Responses to Capitals Ground Lightning, 4-3; John Carlson Scores Twice

  1. Anonymous says:

    We needed that one.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Good start. We need a big weekend against the Penguins and the Bruins, a tough task, to turn the corner.

  3. Diane Doyle says:

    Not an easy win, but I’ll take it. Seems the officials were calling a lot of ticky tacky penalties.

    Very entertaining game. Based on how the first period went, we would have not been surprised to see a 7-6 game. But the defenses settled down.

  4. reyhan says:

    thanks alot of information

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