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NHL Playoffs 2011, Capitals Vs. Lightning Game 3: Starting LIneup

Via Katie Carrera of The Washington Post, below is tonight's starting lineup for the Washington Capitals as they prepare to face off with the Tampa Bay Lightning in a pivotal Game 3 of their Eastern Conference Semifinals series. The Caps will look to avoid an almost-insurmountable 3-0 series deficit with a win at St. Pete Times Forum.

#Caps lines for Gm3: 8-19-22, 21-90-28, 25-44-16, 18-15-10. D 27-74, 55-23, 4-52. Neuvirth in goal.less than a minute ago via TweetDeck Favorite Retweet Reply


The first line of Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom and Mike Knuble returns, while Marcus Johansson will center the second line with Brooks Laich and Alexander Semin. Jason Chimera, Jason Arnott and Eric Fehr will make up the third line and Marco Sturm, Boyd Gordon and Matt Bradley are the fourth line. For the second game in a row, Matt Hendricks is a healthy scratch.

The defensive pairings are John Carlson - Karl Alzner, Jeff Schultz - Scott Hannan, and John Erskine - Mike Green. Michal Neuvirth will get the start in net.