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Video: Purcell bank shot goal
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The Tampa Bay Lightning refused to leave the Verizon Center without a point.
Five different players had goals for Tampa Bay, four of which also added an assist, and Dwayne Roloson made a season-high 38 saves, but in a hard-fought 6-5 shootout loss to the division-rival Washington Capitals on Monday night.
Jason Chimera scored twice for Washington, including the game-tying goal at 17:16 of the final period to force overtime, and Matt Hendricks notched the game-winner in the tiebreaker for Washington, who won for the second time in as many games on the season.
Tampa Bay, amidst opening the season on a five-game road trip, has lost two of three.
Brett Clark put the Lightning up 5-4 with approximately seven minutes to go in regulation, but Chimera’s second goal of the night four minutes later guaranteed the Capitals at least a point for the second straight game. Washington beat Carolina, also in overtime, on Saturday night to earn its first win of the season.
“Anytime you get a chance to score the game tying goal, it feels nice,” Chimera said.
Three penalties were called in the five-minute overtime period, including two on Washington, but Tampa Bay couldn’t cash in to close out the game before heading to the shootout.
It was clear from the beginning that the game, despite being just the second and third, respectively, for both teams to start the season, had that same playoff atmosphere as last spring when Tampa Bay swept Washington out of the playoffs in four straight games.
The first period was to no surprise an offensive one.
In his first game as Capitals’ goalie, Tomas Vokoun allowed two goals on the first three shots - first to Teddy Purcell, who was given credit for the game’s opening tally after the puck caromed off the skate of Capitals defenseman Mike Green and into the net, and again to Bruno Gervais less than four minutes after Washington’s Marcus Johansson tied the game at one at 4:49.
Gervais’ goal was his first in 57 games as well as his first as a member of the Lightning. He, along with Purcell, Clark and Dominic Moore, each had a goal and an assist on the night to tie for the team lead with two points.
Dennis Wideman knotted the contest at two after zipping a slap shot through a screen in front of Roloson with 3:10 left in the opening period.
But after combining for four goals alone in the first period, the two teams had just one each in the second period, which proved to be far more defensive than the first 20 minutes.
After Nicklas Backstrom gave up on the puck along the boards, Ryan Shannon found Moore wide open in the slot as he beat Vokoun high above the shoulder to retake the one-goal lead.
Much like in the opening scoring sequences, the lead didn’t stick.
Washington was again able to climb back and send a 3-3 game into the final period after Troy Brouwer deflected Jeff Schulz’s slap shot from the point at 3:42.
“We were a little riled up,” Boucher said. “We were trying to calm ourselves down, but a lot of goals were going in, and there were probably going to be a few more going in before the end of the game, so we just wanted to make sure we didn’t make that extra mistake.”
Washington took its first lead of the game with 16:00 left in regulation off a rebound from Chimera, but Tampa Bay quickly erased the deficit with a pair of goals just 5:14 apart.
First, Nate Thompson tied things up at four goals apiece after he redirected a puck out in front, and Clark put the Bolts up 5-4 from in close at 12:56.
“We needed to stay on our toes there,” Lightning assistant coach Martin Raymond said. “They’re a quick team.”
A turnover by Moore in his own zone allowed Washington to climb back in and tie the game at five with just over two minutes ago. Rather than clearing the puck out, Moore attempted to stickhandle out of trouble but instead sent an inadvertent pass right to Chimera, who didn’t hesitate to notch his second of the night and force overtime.
Hendricks and Alexander Semin each scored in the shootout for Washington, while Vokoun made stops on both Thompson and Moore to earn the win for the Capitals.
“We did the right things,” Thompson said. “We just turned the puck over too many times.”