The Washington Capitals headed into Florida to try and sustain their first 3 game winning streak in this young season. After beating the Florida Panthers twice in a row, Washington needed to play a near perfect game to beat the Tampa Bay Lightning on their home ice. It didn’t come too easily, but they did it.
The first two periods easily cruised by as the Capitals dominated the guys in blue. They were stellar offensively and Braden Holtby was stopping everything that was shot even close to him. The third period came with major challenges however. The Lightning were down 4-1, but proceeded to score two unanswered goals and make Washington and Holtby sweat it out for the past two minutes. Head coach Adam Oates called his Time-Out with 1:41 to go in regulation to get his guys some rest, and it worked out to the favor of the away team. The Caps would hold on a grab their third road win of the season.
One interesting factor was the line combination of Mathieu Perrault, Eric Fehr, and Joel Ward. Even though the line didn’t seem to be the star power of the game, it was definitely the deciding factor in this entertaining game.
Perrault played very well as he rallied three helpers with his precise passing. After starting off the season slow, this young gun is showing that he is deserving of a spot on the roster. Joel Ward also added an assist and was all around the ice during this one. His presence as the leading goal scorer has been crucial for the Capitals this season.
Eric Fehr was the clear MVP of this matchup. Fehr put two in the twine tonight, one of them a beautiful top-shelf shot, ending up being the winning goal.
The Capitals will travel to Madison Square Garden to take on the New York Rangers Sunday at 6PM.