Lightning Vs. Capitals: Tomas Vokoun Steps Up Late As Capitals Win, 6-5, In Shootout

Tomas Vokoun struggled for most of his debut for the Washington Capitals, but he stepped up late and the Capitals defeated the Lightning, 6-5, in a shootout in a thrilling regular-season game.

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Lightning Vs. Capitals: Thoughts From Inside Locker Room After Washington's 6-5 Shootout Win

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Washington Capitals defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning, 6-5, in a shootout. Here are some quotes from the locker room.

Jason Chimera on the overall game: "There was three fluky goals, I think, on [Tomas Vokoun]. I think for most of the game, we carried the play and we played a pretty solid game. We were down lots, but kept coming back, kept coming back. Nice to get the win, that's for sure."

Marcus Johansson on his return to the lineup: "I always try to play my own game and play as hard as I can. My legs felt good and the whole team worked hard and it was easier to play and tonight it worked. Hopefully, we'll keep it going that way."

Matt Hendricks on his move in the shootout: "Yeah, it's pretty much all I got."

Bruce Boudreau on Tomas Vokoun: "If you asked Tomas, he would be the first one to tell you that's probably not the way he wrote the script...if you're trying to look at the big picture, it takes a guy with a lot of mental toughness to play like that."


Lightning Vs. Capitals Score Update: Alexander Semin Wins It For Capitals In Shootout

The Washington Capitals and Tampa Bay Lightning staged a regular-season classic at the Verizon Center, and the Washington Capitals held on for a win in a shootout. The Capitals held off two Lightning power plays in overtime and won it in the shootout, thanks to goals from Matt Hendricks and Alexander Semin.

Tomas Vokoun stoned the Lightning with the game on the line, both in the shootout and the overtime. Vokoun had a shaky game overall, allowing multiple soft goals, including the go-ahead goal in regulation, but stepped up in overtime. The Capitals were called for two penalties -- one on Semin, and one for too many men on the ice -- and they needed their goalie to step up to hang on. Vokoun did and the Capitals won because of it.

Jason Chimera scored two goals for Washington, including the game-tying goal with 2:44 remaining in regulation.

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Lightning Vs. Capitals Score Update: Jason Chimera Scores Twice, But Tomas Vokoun's Struggles Send Game To Overtime

The Washington Capitals and Tampa Bay Lightning will be battling all season in the NHL's Southeast Division, and their first effort has been thrilling. The two teams are tied at five entering overtime, with Jason Chimera playing hero for the Capitals.

Chimera scored once to start the third period, then scored a second time with only 2:44 remaining in the game to tie the game at five. The goal happened off a Lightning turnover, and Chimera turned and fired the puck over Dwayne Roloson's shoulder for the goal.

Alas, the Capitals are in this position because Tomas Vokoun has struggled in his Capitals debut. Vokoun has given up several soft goals, including the go-ahead goal by Brett Clark with just over seven minutes remaining in the game.

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Lightning Vs. Capitals: Exciting Third Period Awaits As Caps, Bolts Tied At 3-3

Things haven't settled down at Verizon Center.

Only two goals were scored, but there were 14 minutes worth of penalties as the Capitals and Lightning are tied at 3-3 after the second period.

Dominic Moore gave the Lightning a 3-2 lead just 56 seconds into the period when a Roman Hamrlik turnover led to Ryan Shannon feeding Moore the puck in the slot for a one-timer. Troy Brouwer tied it when he deflected Jeff Schultz's slap shot from the point past Dwayne Roloson at 3:42 for his first goal of the season and as a Cap.

Marcus Johansson assisted on Brouwer's goal, but right after he passed to Schultz, Ryan Malone caught him up high with a stick to the fce. Johansson stayed down on the ice holding his face while his teammates scored and headed to the locker room, but returned shortly after.

The Caps are 0-5 on the power play and will have 53 seconds to work on their sixth to start the third period while Malone sits in the penalty box.


Lightning Vs. Capitals: Wild First Period Ends In 2-2 Tie

In his regular season debut, Marcus Johansson has made a statement so far. So has Tomas Vokoun, but not in a good way.

Johansson responded to being scratched Saturday by scoring early in the first period, but Vokoun has given up two questionable goals as the Tampa Bay Lightning and Washington Capitals are tied at 2-2 after 20 minutes.

The Lightning struck first in what can be considered typical fashion against the Caps: off a weird bounce. Teddy Purcell brought the puck into the zone and fired what seemed like a harmless centering attempt towards the net. Luckily for Purcell, Mike Green was in front of the crease and the puck bounced off his skate and past Vokoun to give the Lightning a 1-0 lead at 2:22.

Johansson managed to tie the game about two minutes later when his initial shot missed wide and bounced off the back boards. Roloson dove to cover the puck, but Johansson was able to poke the puck away before Roloson could get to it as he wrapped around and put it in the net for his first goal of the season.

Less than four minutes later, Bruno Gervais scored on yet another sharp-angle shot to restore Tampa Bay's lead. There was no bounce this time, but the puck somehow eluded Vokoun and tricked past him. Gervais' goal was his first of the season and first since March 2010.

Dennis Wideman tied the game at 2-2 at 16:50 when his slap shot from the point beat a screened Roloson. Shots are 9-4 in favor of Washington.

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Lightning Vs. Capitals: Starting Lineups

Based on warm-ups, the Washington Capitals' starting lineup should look something like this:

Ovechkin - Backstrom - Knuble

Semin - Johansson - Brouwer

Chimera - Laich - Ward

Hendricks - Perreault - Halpern

Alzner - Carlson

Hamrlik - Green

Schultz - Wideman


After being mum about his lineup earlier today, it looks like Bruce Boudreau has decided to replace Jay Beagle with Johansson, who will make his regular season debut.

Dwayne Roloson will start for the Lightning.


Lightning Vs Capitals: Marcus Johansson's Return Likely, But Who He Replaces Uncertain

BALLSTON, Va. - Marcus Johansson was a healthy scratch for the Washington Capitals during Saturday's 4-3 season-opening overtime victory over the Carolina Hurricanes and was none too pleased about it.

"I'm here to play hockey because I love hockey and I want to play as much as I can," Johansson said. "I want to play every day. It's never fun to sit and watch a team play whether you're hurt or scratched. It was not fun at all, but I guess that's the process of becoming a better hockey player."

For Johansson. however, it seems that he will make his season debut against the Tampa Bay Lightning Monday as he was practicing with the second line during morning skate. Mathieu Perreault, who started in Johansson's place Saturday, was working on the fourth line as an extra forward. Despite the switch, it is uncertain who will have to sit out to make room for Johansson.

"Yeah I know," Johansson said in regards to his playing status. "I don't know if I'm supposed to say. You'll have to ask [head coach] Bruce [Boudreau] about that."

Boudreau was a bit more clear, insinuating that Johansson will indeed return to the lineup Monday, but details were murky after that.

"I'm probably going to put Marcus in and take somebody out," Boudreau said.

The other lines remained the same from Saturday with Brooks Laich centering Jason Chimera and Joel Ward and Jeff Halpern working with Matt Hendricks and Jay Beagle. The only player not on the ice Monday was Alex Ovechkin, who decided not to participate. Morning skates are optional.


Lightning Vs. Capitals: Washington Seeks Retribution Against Tampa Bay

The Capitals need no extra motivation when they face the Lightning Monday for the first time since the latter knocked the former out of the playoffs.

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