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After playing a hard-hitting, tense game at Capital One Arena on Friday, in which they combined for 79 penalty minutes, the Washington Capitals and Tampa Bay Lightning continued to take their frustrations out on one another on Sunday at Amalie Arena in a 6-3 defeat of Washington by the Lightning.
The tension between the two clubs began after the Capitals’ Nicolas Aube-Kubel hit Lightning defenseman Cal Foote in the head, a play for which he was suspended three games.
Things began to heat up late in the first period, when, down by 4-0 (and starting netminder Darcy Kuemper pulled in favor of Charlie Lindgren), Capitals defenseman Matt Irwin and Lightning forward Patrick Maroon dropped the gloves as time expired, the frustration mounting for the visiting Capitals.
While the Caps managed to get on the board late in the second, tempers began to flare once more, after a collision between Garnet Hathaway and Maroon (who fought in the teams’ last meeting, and who were fined for the incident) near the benches resulted in a melee. Irwin and Pierre Edouard-Bellemare soon dropped the mitts, ending the second.
Irwin has never recorded more than two fights in a single season in his career.
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The third period was largely uneventful, with several small dustups sprinkled through a period that saw the visitors fall to a larger deficit save for goals from Conor Sheary, Lars Eller, and Garnet Hathaway.
The two clubs finished with a combined 42 penalty minutes on the night.
By Michael Fleetwood