Washington Capitals Put the Tampa Bay Lightning Back in Their Place

November 27th, 2010 by JC De La Torre Leave a reply »
It was supposed to be the passing of two ships going in different directions in the middle of the night. The once vaunted Washington Capitals, losers of three of their last four games, were coming back to Earth. The Tampa Bay Lightning, the young upstarts who had won five straight games, were closing in on the best team in the Southeast Division.

A win by the Lightning and two measly points would separate the teams.

Instead of coming in with their best performance of the year, the Lightning wilted at the sight of Ovechkin, Semin and Poti. The physical style of Tampa Bay's game, their precision on the power play and their relentless forecheck disappeared into the fog of a 6-0 woodshed whipping administered by the Caps.

So the old dog still had some bite left and the young pup was left to lick its wounds.

Having won five straight, the Lightning were feeling pretty darn good about themselves. They had gotten through a hellacious run of 10 of 12 games on the road (including four on the West Coast) and still found themselves in the thick of the Eastern Conference. With Washington's slump, they rapidly made up the ground they had lost durin ...

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