The Washington Capitals and Tampa Bay Lightning took the ice on Black Friday in an entertaining game.
The Washington Capitals rallied from a two-goal deficit to defeat the Tampa Ba Lightning 4-3 in overtime on Dmitry Orlov‘s game-winning goal. It was another thrilling contest in the latest chapter to a fun rivalry.
At 18:50 in the first the Lightning took a 1-0 lead with a goal from Brayden Point on the power play. Nikita Kucherov and Victor Hedman had the helpers. 1-0 would be the score after 20 with the Caps outshooting the Bolts 14-7.
In the second the Lightning doubled their lead at 4:28 with Mikhail Sergachev finishing a give n go with Kucherov and former Capiral Kevin Shattenkirk.
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The Caps got a power play opportunity with Sergachev getting called for interference against Lars Eller at 4:51. The Caps answered to get on the board with Evgeny Kuznetsov crashing the net and putting in a pass from T.J. Oshie at 5:17 for his 11th goal of the season. Jakub Vrana had the secondary assist.
Alex Killorn made it 3-1 at 18:48 with Point and Kucherov notching the helpers and that would be the score entering the final period. The Caps were outshot 14-5.
Washington rallied to score twice in the third to force overtime. First it was Vrana at 3:45 on a shot from the right face-off circle off a pass from Oshie.
The Caps later got a power play chance when Kucherov was called for holding Dmitry Orlov at 9:46. Alex Ovechkin tied the game at 11:36 with a shot from just outside the left face-off area. Orlov and Travis Boyd had the helpers. The Caps outshot the Lightning 13-9 in the third and 3-3 was the score heading to overtime.
In the extra session Orlov scored with 1:57 remaining to complete the comeback. Kuznetsov and Oshie had the helpers as Orlov finished a shot in front of the net. The Caps were the only team to get shots up in overtime as the third one was the charm.
“I looked for the pass first. I saw [Tom Wilson] going for the far post. [I decided to] shoot. I think (Andrei) Vasilevskiy may have been cheating a little bit on that shot, and that is why I think he gave up a goal to me.”
Braden Holtby stopped 27-of-30 shots for a .900 save percentage in the victory. The Capitals will finish off a back-to-back in the Motor City. The team will head to Detroit to take on the Red Wings on Saturday night.