The Lightning lost to the Capitals 4-3 in overtime. Much like the loss to the Blues earlier this week, the Lightning played well. They had a 3-1 lead at one point and didn’t do anything egregious to blow it. They just got the short end of the stick against a good team on the road.
The Lightning opened the scoring on a power play goal by Brayden Point despite the Caps dominating the first period. The goal was Point’s 100th of his career. The Bolts extended the lead to 2-0 on a goal by Mikhail Sergachev early in the 2nd period. Evgeny Kuznetsov cut the lead to 2-1 but Alex Killorn extended it back to 3-1 before the end of the period. As dominant as the Capitals were in the first, the Lightning were even moreso in the second.
The third period was closer but the Lightning still got the better of the 5v5 play. It didn’t matter though as Washington tied the game on goals by Jakub Vrana and Alex Ovechkin. The two teams traded tons of chances over the final five minutes but neither could finish. The home team dominated the overtime period not allowing the Lightning to possess the puck or generate any real offense and eventually claimed the second point on a shot by Dmitry Orlov.
The Lightning led in 5v5 expected goals and were basically break even in all situations. Before the overtime, they held the lead in all situations as well.
Ondrej Palat had a great night. He was flying all over the ice. In fact, maybe a little too much. He nearly got hurt twice and the team needs him healthy so if he can find a balance between playing his aggressive style and keeping himself out of danger, that would be ideal. But wow is it nice to see this version of Palat again. He looks like the player we all thought was a borderline first line winger.
I feel like I could just copy paste this section from the Blues game on Wednesday. Starting with, “Man, I really wanted them to win this one.” They played plenty well enough to win and were the better team in terms of 5v5 shot metrics. But once the game went to overtime, they were run out of the building and it seemed inevitable the Caps would get the second point.
This is another game for the “could have won” column and that column is getting a little too full. Eventually, they need to find a way to win some of these games instead of just playing well enough to do so.
I’m not going to get too worked up over this loss but man, it really would be nice to see them win one of these.
Brayden Point power play goal
Killorn goal to make it 3-1
Ovechkin game-tying goal
Orlov overtime winner