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Capitals 5, Lightning 3

Brian Pothier's game-winning goal, the defenseman's first since his comeback on March 17 against Atlanta, brought the Verizon Center crowd to its feet for some of the loudest cheers of the evening as the Capitals won their 10th straight game against the Lightning.

With 15 penalties and two instantly disallowed goals, this game wasn't without its odd moments. After treating the offensive zone like a shooting gallery in the first period, the Capitals gave up their 3-1 lead before finally regaining the advantage with Pothier's tally.

Tarik will have his postgame notes in a little bit, so stay tuned.

By Katie Carrera  |  March 27, 2009; 9:40 PM ET
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Congratz Ovie with 100 points. No celebration because it was empty netter :) Good win for the Caps, had some problems, but a win is a win.

Posted by: Hazz | March 27, 2009 9:44 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: ludeman95 | March 27, 2009 9:45 PM | Report abuse

Chicago needs to score.

Posted by: rachel216 | March 27, 2009 9:50 PM | Report abuse

One thing: Lately we've been giving up leads a lot... to bad teams..can't seem to put teams away.

Posted by: rachel216 | March 27, 2009 9:51 PM | Report abuse

Agree with you, rachel. Chicago needs to score. And, no Rachel, you are not a troll, in spite of some accusations to the contrary yesterday.

The trolls seem to always have something negative to say, like a certain one who will remain nameless who keeps making nasty comments about the 2 Alexes, especially Semin.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | March 27, 2009 9:53 PM | Report abuse

Chicagoal, 2-2

Posted by: ludeman95 | March 27, 2009 9:55 PM | Report abuse

Glad the Caps won. A sloppy game in parts but, all in all, they showed much more energy. Were the rest of them all sick or what before?

It's amazing how little publicity some of the flu cases on our team were getting. We heard all about Fedorov. And then someone had hinted that Green was sick before the news was official. And then Semin and Bradley. But who else was sick, I wonder?

Posted by: CapsFan75 | March 27, 2009 9:56 PM | Report abuse

That's funny CP75, it's been pretty peaceful around here today.

Posted by: ludeman95 | March 27, 2009 9:56 PM | Report abuse

Hey did Malone do anything today? He seemed invisible. Haha.

Posted by: rachel216 | March 27, 2009 9:57 PM | Report abuse

Thanks CapsFan75! I think oo7 called me a troll yesterday, maybe it was because I wouldn't stop talking to StanleyCup..

Posted by: rachel216 | March 27, 2009 9:58 PM | Report abuse

Hey that looks like Tarik on Csn!

Posted by: ludeman95 | March 27, 2009 9:59 PM | Report abuse

Cuz it is! :) Or maybe he's a look-alike.

Posted by: rachel216 | March 27, 2009 10:04 PM | Report abuse

Pretty sure that was him, @Dave... yeah that puck def changed direction after it went past MO, it actually looked like it was going high, then deflected back down

Posted by: ludeman95 | March 27, 2009 10:07 PM | Report abuse

I generally try to ignore the trolls, unless they say something so egrerious that I can't help but say something.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | March 27, 2009 10:08 PM | Report abuse

Happy for the win; happy for Pothier; happy for the hustle at the end w/ OV, Backis, Laich, & Feds playing shut-down. Also happy for Aucoin and Osala's effort. That being said, Flash, Fehr, Nyles, and Poti could sit a few and let some hungry Bears play in their stead.

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS | March 27, 2009 10:08 PM | Report abuse

Man, Wings got blanked by the Isles tonight, 2-0

Posted by: ludeman95 | March 27, 2009 10:09 PM | Report abuse

We haven't seen windjammer for a while. Windjammer was famous for posting the same thing over and over again. (I chose to ignore him.)

Posted by: CapsFan75 | March 27, 2009 10:10 PM | Report abuse

You know what's strange? Everytime there is a goal washed out for one team, there is a goal washed out for the other team as well. Weird.
Anyway, let's win the our last 6 games!
That would give us 111 points and 52 wins!! GO Blackhawks GO!

Posted by: rachel216 | March 27, 2009 10:11 PM | Report abuse

Everybody Exited for the Strech Run!!!
6 Games Left!!!


Posted by: ludeman95 | March 27, 2009 10:14 PM | Report abuse

Glad Pothier scored. We need another D-man who can score. Heeeee's Baaaack!

Nice day for Backstrom. Poor Flash. Another goal disallowed.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | March 27, 2009 10:47 PM | Report abuse

Chicago was too patient on their last PP. Too much passing around the perimeter looking for something easy.

Still 2-2 with about 6 min left in regulation.

Posted by: tmac2yao | March 27, 2009 10:47 PM | Report abuse

Air Force 2 Michigan 0
Stone Bridge's Matt Fairchild was a force for AFA picking up an assist (did all the work) on goal #2.

AFA plays Vermont tomorrow in the East Regional final for a trip to the Frozen Four @ Verizon on 4/9 and 11.

Posted by: joecct77 | March 27, 2009 10:49 PM | Report abuse

Thanks, Zubrus.

At least the Devils only got a point.

Posted by: tmac2yao | March 27, 2009 11:03 PM | Report abuse

Blackhawks over Devils in overtime, 3-2. I am pulling for carolina over devils tomorrow night for sure! I have faith Caps can get the magic three on their own!

Go Caps!

Posted by: The_Stanley_Caps | March 27, 2009 11:05 PM | Report abuse


Yes, the team second in the conference and has 99 points needs to sit several players as the playoffs approach to let a bunch of minor leaguers with limited to no NHL experience play. That will lead to a long playoff run. Comments like these make me happy that fans aren't GMs.

Posted by: freakinandpeakin | March 27, 2009 11:07 PM | Report abuse

That was a nice forecheck at the end of the game. TB was barely able to get it out of their own end in the last minute.

Posted by: tmac2yao | March 27, 2009 11:13 PM | Report abuse

I was at the game and, yes, it was the loudest 'ref you s*ck' chat that I have heard ... well, probably ever. It was a garbage call on Nyls - he was not even in the same zip code as McKenna. I was hoping that you guys were going to enlighten me, but it seems you felt much the same way! :-) Can anyone tell me what Joe, Locker, Kolbe, Warner or any of the other pundits said about it?

Posted by: --Boo-- | March 27, 2009 11:16 PM | Report abuse

They thought it was a bad call too Boo.

Posted by: richmondphil | March 27, 2009 11:27 PM | Report abuse


The TB defender bumped Nylander who barely made contact with McKenna. A shot was then taken that bounced off McKenna's pad to the other side and Laich tapped it in.

I don't know every detail of the interference rule but it certainly seemed like it should have been a no call and Laughlin was saying the same thing. Boudreau was in shock on the bench and Laich and Nylander were watching the replay with confused looks on their faces.

The TB player forced the contact in the first place and it's hard to even call it contact considering Nylander barely nudged him. Then there is the fact that the shot was taken after the incident while the minor contact appeared to have no impact whatsoever on McKenna's ability to do his job.

Posted by: tmac2yao | March 27, 2009 11:29 PM | Report abuse

Were you there or watching on TV? If the latter, what did they say about it?

Posted by: --Boo-- | March 27, 2009 11:30 PM | Report abuse

@Boo - Nyls did bump him coming across the crease but McKenna had time to separate and setup again prior to the shot that went in. Locker thought it was a terrible call. Said if they were going to call anything they should have called a minor on Nyls for goalie interferance on the bump. Went on for a bit about how they have to fix that rule before the playoffs.

Posted by: RicketyCricket | March 27, 2009 11:30 PM | Report abuse

Thank you so much for all of the detail ... glad to know that I am not crazy!!! :-)

Posted by: --Boo-- | March 27, 2009 11:33 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for the clarification!!! :-)

Posted by: --Boo-- | March 27, 2009 11:34 PM | Report abuse

McKenna missed his opportunity for some payback showmanship after Laich's goal was disallowed. That would have been hilarious. Of course, McKenna doesn't believe in that kind of stuff.

Posted by: tmac2yao | March 27, 2009 11:39 PM | Report abuse

True! Frankly, anyone really whoopin' it up on either team would have been pretty funny. I was waiting for it but no joy. I was also waiting for someone to get clobbered (not that I wanted them to, just figured it would happen) ... early in the game it looked like that might actually happen.

Posted by: --Boo-- | March 27, 2009 11:50 PM | Report abuse


I think it was Smaby that took a shot at Ovechkin early in the game.

The result?

Ovechkin drilled him right back twice as hard and knocked him out of the game.

Ovechkin finished with 4 points and more hits than any TB player.

Posted by: tmac2yao | March 27, 2009 11:58 PM | Report abuse

Osala looked good to me--drew a penalty (or two?), went to the net, used the body well.
Great to see Pothier's goal.
Somebody get Ovechkin a Veyron for the playoffs.

Posted by: redlineblue | March 28, 2009 12:00 AM | Report abuse

Hello All!
Full house on a Friday, Pothier getting one, Backie bagging a pair, Ovie bagging a pair, and the Bears holding their own...all in all a pretty fun night.

Posted by: BernieWolfeFan | March 28, 2009 12:01 AM | Report abuse

Backstrom went 14-for-16 on face-offs. I'd like to see more of that out of him. He may not be the fastest or strongest guy out there but his hands and hockey IQ are off the charts.

Posted by: tmac2yao | March 28, 2009 12:04 AM | Report abuse

It was Smaby. Ovi laid him out and then he retaliated with a shove (but Ovi ignored him). It was pretty funny. There was a lot of chippy stuff. Speaking of, what was up with Brads getting jumped from behind?

Posted by: --Boo-- | March 28, 2009 12:05 AM | Report abuse

oops - new thread!

Posted by: --Boo-- | March 28, 2009 12:06 AM | Report abuse

That was easily the loudest anti-ref chant I've heard all season, and it was well deserved. Part of me hopes that the chant haunts them as they go to sleep tonight. I thought that referees weren't supposed to booze it up before the games? :\

Also, not sure what happened in Section 412 late in the game, but there was a skirmish in the stands that brought the guys in yellow jackets to chuck a few people out. The stuff on the ice was way more exciting. If the people that were kicked out are reading, don't come back please.

Anyway hell yeah, Caps! What a fun night! :D It'd been too long... two weeks without a Caps home game? Eek!

Posted by: GregAnnapolis | March 28, 2009 12:06 AM | Report abuse

On top of the game high 4 points and game high 3 hits, Ovechkin had 0 giveaways and 2 takeaways.

He was definitely dialed in last night.

Posted by: tmac2yao | March 28, 2009 12:07 AM | Report abuse

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