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by Matthew Tate on 01/09/14 at 11:24 PM ET
The Washington Capitals finally got off their losing streak, beating the Tampa Bay Lighting (and bad ice) by a score of 4-3. It looked like they had yet again blown a late lead, only to see a last-minute Eric Fehr deflection seal it for good. On to the reCap:
Washington Goals: Fehr 7 (Ovechkin, Alzner); Grabovski 12 PP (Ward, Green); Johansson 7 PP (Backstrom, Carlson); Fehr 8 (Green, Orlov)
Philipp Grubauer: Win; 33 Saves; 3 Goals Allowed
Tampa Bay Goals: Johnson 12 (Palat); Crombeen 1 (Hedman, Pyatt); Palat 9 (Carle, St. Louis)
Anders Lindback: LOSS; 16 Saves; 4 Goals Allowed
Something you don't see everyday (at least not indoors): the teams agreed to change ends at the 10-minute mark due to bad ice conditions in front of one of the creases. Well, they agreed to switch at the first whistle after the 10-minute mark, provided it wasn't during a power play or from an icing call. So, not exactly the same as the Classic, but similar. Not sure how that was the way to go over the Winter Classic method of just changing in the third. And they just ignored the no icing stipulation in the second period. Nonetheless, it was kind of cool to see GMGM and Stevie Y on the benches before the game to discuss it.
But yeah, the ice sucked.
After showing patience early on in his tenure with the Caps, Adam Oates is becoming a bit more kneejerk with juggling the lines. He did it again tonight, effectively sprinkling the old top line (90-19-8) among the top three lines. Of the three, I have to say the line of Fehr, Grabovski, and Ovechkin was the most impressive.
Troy Brouwer's turnover leading to Tampa Bay's goal was pretty brutal. Terribly ill-advised pass in the offensive zone and basically decided right away he wasn't getting Johnson. He also wasn't great on the game-tying goal when he was a perfect screen for Carle's shot.
Alex Ovechkin's assist on Eric Fehr's first period goal was his second five-on-five assist this season.
The beauty that is the Caps' power play continues to blossom. Marcus Johansson, who frequently gets space when Ovechkin is being shadowed, finally made his stuff move work for the third goal of the opening frame. Eventually, these plays will lead to Ovechkin being given more space.
I have to give Palat credit for his soccer moves on what appeared to be the tying goal in the second period. It's not every day you see a double kick.
I'm not sure anything scares Caps fans as much as when Joe B says “Erskine jumps up into the play.”
So the Capitals lose when they outshoot the opponents and win if they are outshot. This team just makes no sense.
I'll leave you tonight with the Tweet of the night, referring to Grubauer's fantastic shorthanded save in the third:
The Caps are right back at it tomorrow against the hapless Maple Leafs
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