Lightning lose game, Lecavalier, in Washington

In the third, the goals came early and often in what had been a tight defensive game, for the most part, early on. Ryan Malone evened up the game for the Lightning by scoring his second goal of the year. Washington took the lead right back on the power play, when Alex Semin scored his 10th goal of the year, which would become a recurring theme; the goal at 4:33 gave the Capitals a 3-2 lead. Semin extended the Washington lead to 4-2 with his 11th goal of the year at the 10:46 mark.

The Lightning continued to fight back, however, when – who else? – Steven Stamkos scored his league-leading 14th goal of the year at 12:43 of the third to bring the Lightning back within a goal. Stamkos went top-shelf from the slot, continuing his amazing early season run.

The Lightning almost tied the game up with a scramble in front of the Washington net before the Caps cleared the zone; Alex Ovechkin scored a goal on the ensuing rush, putting the game away at the 15:08 of the third. For Ovechkin, it was his ninth goal of the year. Alex Semin added an empty netter at 19:44, completing the hat trick.

The news got worse for the Lightning after the game, as the team announced that captain Vincent Lecavalier will miss three-to-four weeks with a hand fracture. With Steve Downie and Simon Gagne already out, it is fair to assume we will see at least one call up tomorrow, possibly two.

The Tampa Bay Lightning came into Thursday night's game with the Washington Capitals hoping to make a statement. Unfortunately, that statement hit the post in what became a theme for the Lightning in a 6-3 defeat at Verizon Center.

The Lightning got off to a quick start when Teddy Purcell scored his second goal of the year during the first period to give the Lightning a 1-0 lead. The Bolts played a strong road first period, out-shooting the Capitals by a 13-8 margin. Tampa Bay deserved a better fate in the first, as they also connected with a post and a crossbar before heading to the intermission.

In the second, the Capitals responded and took control of the pace of play; they were also able to cash in on the scoreboard, as Tom Poti backhanded a rebound home for his first goal of the year at 2:21 to tie the score. Mike Knuble gave the Capitals the lead at 7:51 of the second on a weird play that saw the puck deflect multiple times before finding Knuble's stick, as he was behind the goal line, and backhanded the puck past Lightning goalie Dan Ellis, who was out of position.

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