The Tampa Bay Lightning fell in a devastating loss 6-0 to the Washington Capitals Friday evening, putting an emphatic end to the team's five-game win streak.
The Capitals came out strong in the first period, opening the scoring in the first three minutes when John Carlsons shot rocketed off the top of the right circle to the net before Lightning goaltender Mike Smith had a chance to react. Tampa Bay resisted the Capitals for the rest of the first, including killing off a penalty. Tampa Bay had four shots on goal in the period, compared to Washingtons 10.
The Capitals, with a record of picking up speed in the last 40 minutes, followed suit to kill off two back-to-back Lightning power plays in the first four minutes of the second. Tampa Bay had extensive trouble crossing the Capitals' defense throughout the game, and allowed a second goal, raising the score 2-0 with an unassisted goal from John Erskine. The third tally against came on a pass from Marcus Johannsen to Alexander Semin, who shot the puck in from the left circle, giving the Capitals a three-point lead.