By: Emmett Stevenson
The Tampa Bay Lightning get off to a fast start at the
In the second period, Nicklas Backstrom pulled the Capitals within a goal at 3-2 before Tyler Johnson made it 4-2 at of the second period. The big momentum shift of the game occurred when Richard Panik received a five minute major for boarding putting
Ondrej Palat made it 5-4 at the mark of the third period. The Lightning, with two points in sight, allowed Ovechkin to score his fourth goal of the game with their goalie pulled with 32 seconds left in the third period. After a scoreless overtime period, they headed to a shootout. The Bolts got shootout goals from Kucherov and Teddy Purcell, but the Capitals’ shootout goal from Mikhail Grabovski in the fifth round turned out to be the game winner after Grubauer stopped Palat in the ensuing attempt. The Capitals win 3-2 in the shootout and win the game 6-5.
The Lightning out shot the Capitals 42-31. It was Alexander Ovechkin’s third career four goal game. Ben Bishop made 26 saves and Grubauer made 34 saves in his relief appearance.