Washington Capitals Lead Tampa Bay Lightning 3-2 After Two Periods

February 4th, 2011 by Alan Zlotorzynski Leave a reply »
So far, so good, Caps fans.

In what many in the Caps dressing room deemed their biggest game of the year, the Capitals have taken a 3-2 lead into the second intermission.

The Capitals have outplayed the Bolts in every phase of tonight's game to this point. The Capitals have out-shot the Lightning through two periods, 27-16. Washington has out-hustled Tampa all evening. The Caps have outplayed the Lightning in the corners and in front of the net.

Tampa Bay opened up the scoring just 3:21 into the first period as Teddy Purcell continued his hot streak for the Bolts. Purcell scored on a wrist shot from just inside the right faceoff circle. Capitals goalie Semyon Varlamov was not sharp on the shot as it beat him glove side.

Purcell notched his eighth point and fourth goal in his last three games. Dwayne Roloson’s shutout streak would end, as the Capitals would score the next three goals.

Nicklas Backstrom scored his second goal in 26 games and stopped Roloson’s shutout streak at 133 minutes. The goal originally credited to Alex Ovechkin tied the game at the 9:09 mark of the first period. The period would end ...

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