The Capitals were in sunny, humid Tampa to meet a Steven Stamkos-led Lightning squad that had struggled defensively in two games against their in-state rival Florida Panthers. The Lightning would not be the team that struggled defensively in this one though, as they downed the Caps 4-3 in overtime.
The Caps were thoroughly outplayed in pretty much every aspect of the game except for a few great power plays that resulted in goals and quality scoring chances. The scoreline definitely does not tell the whole story of this one as it took a herculean effort from Philipp Grubauer to keep it close and earn a standings point. The Caps were out-attempted by 33 and out-shot by 12 at even strength.