WASHINGTON D.C (CBS) The last time the Tampa Bay Lightning faced the Washington Capitals, they swept them in four straight games to advance to the Eastern Conference Finals. The caps got some payback tonight with a 6-5 shootout victory in a hard fought game by both teams.
The bolts have now dropped 2-0f-3 on the road to start the season, and they will stay on the road for two more games before heading back to their home ice to face to Florida Panthers in the home opener.
After remaining neck-and-neck through nearly three periods of hockey, Brett Clark scored for the Lightning 13 minutes into the third period to give the Lightning a 5-4 lead. Jason Chimera netted his second goal of the night for Washington to tie it up late in the third period.
The game went into OT, and the bolts were given a chance to win it on two power plays from two penalties committed by the Capitals. But the bolts could not execute, and the Caps took advantage of it in the shootout.
Dwayne Roloson and Tomas Vokoun allowed 10 goals combined tonight in an offensive battle that came down to the end.
Teddy Purcell, Bruno Gervais, Dominic Moore, Nate Thompson and Brett Clark were tonight’s scorers for Tampa Bay, but the five goals were negated by a poor performance in the shootout.
The Lightning will take their talents to new York to face the Islanders on Thursday night. The puck drops at 7:00 PM ET.