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Happy Veteran’s Day. And a huge huge thanks to readers who have served. Tonight is your night and I hope the Caps give you a W.
The Capitals conclude their four-gam,e season-long homestand with their first matchup against the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Capitals are 3-0-2 in their last five home games against the Bolts.
The Capitals are coming off a deflating 4-1 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Caps are one of two teams in the Metropolitan Division with a negative goal differential so far this season (-5). The only other team that does is the last place Columbus Blue Jackets (-22).
What to watch for? John Carlson will jump back in the lineup after missing the last six games due to injury. He was injured against Nashville two weeks ago.
Darcy Kuemper will play against the Lightning for the first time since the 2022 Stanley Cup Final.
Alex Ovechkin has six goals in his last nine games. Can he continue his nice hot streak?
Kevin McCarthy will be the head coach for the Capitals tonight with Peter Laviolette out due to COVID protocol.
Tonight’s game is on NBC Sports Washington. Puck drop is shortly after 7 pm.
#Caps lines/pairs vs TBL:
8-Ovechkin, 92-Kuznetsov, 73-Sheary
15-Milano, 17-Strome, 90-Johansson
39-Mantha, 20-Eller, 96-Aube-Kubel
59-Protas, 26-Dowd, 21-Hathaway
52-Irwin, 57-van Riemsdyk
Kuemper vs Vasilevskiy. #CapsBolts
— Mike Vogel (@VogsCaps) November 11, 2022
How we stack up tonight. 👇 #TBLvsWSH
Scratched: Fleury, Myers pic.twitter.com/mhHQXQM9aX
— Tampa Bay Lightning (@TBLightning) November 11, 2022
The Capitals started the fourth line — Protas-Dowd-Hathaway — along with the team’s second pairing, Fehervary-Jensen.
On the Capitals’ first shift, Nic Dowd had a great scoring chance wide open from the slot, but either hit the pipe or misssed the net with his attempt.
Ovechkin nearly beat Andrei Vasilevskiy down the left wing but The Big Cat fought it off. Steven Stamkos followed that up by ringing a shot off the post. Per Joe Beninati, Ovi has scored on Vasilevskiy 11 times during their 15 matchups against each other.
Darcy Kuemper cleared the puck out of the Capitals zone and it ended up being a shot on goal on Andrei Vasilevskiy.
Kuemper makes two great saves on a Nikita Kucherov breakaway.
Vasilevskiy makes a great save on an Evgeny Kuznetsov redirect.
🚨 1-0 Capitals. Anthony Mantha scores his fifth goal of the season after a great cross-ice pass by Lars Eller. Mantha had previously scored one goal in his last 10 games. The goal came at the 10:32 mark of the first. (Video)
Nick Jensen to the box for hooking Kucherov. TBL to their first power play of the game. Lightning can’t convert in the first 1:51. Corey Perry negates the rest of the man advantage after taking a tripping penalty.
The Lightning out shot the Capitals 9-7 in the first period, but the Capitals out-attempted at 5v5, 18-16. Garnet Hathaway had four blocked shots in the period.
Garnet Hathaway started a fight with Pat Maroon as the two teams waited for officials to review the major penalty.
NAK was given a five-minute match penalty for an illegal check to the head. He’s been ejected.
The Capitals killed off the Lightning’s five minute power play and arguably had the better chances. And then as the PP expired…
🚨 2-0 Capitals. Sonny Milano scored on a breakaway with a beautiful move on Vasilevskiy. (Video)
🚨 3-0 Capitals. Aliaksei Protas scored in front of the net to give the Capitals a 3-0 lead. They have three goals on 14 shots. (Video)
The Lightning ended the second period with a 20-18 shots on goal advantage, but the Capitals are outdueling them in 5v5 shot attempts 35-27. The Caps will start the third period on a power play.
🚨 4-0 Capitals. Conor Sheary scored on a breakaway after a bad change by the Lightning. Sheary hadn’t scored in the eight games prior. (Video)
🚨 4-1 Capitals. Nick Perbix scores. Darcy Kuemper loses the shutout on a pedestrian point shot he saw all the way.
🚨 5-1 Capitals. Sonny Milano scored his second goal of the night after Steven Stamkos knocked his centering pass into the Lightning’s net.
Peter Laviolette is credited with the win even though Kevin McCarthy was the team’s head coach tonight.
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