On a night when Steven Stamkos and Alex Ovechkin facing off was expected to be the title bout, it was Alex Semin who stole the spotlight while notching his fifth career hat trick to push the Caps’ win streak to six games. Teddy Purcell started the scoring for the Bolts on a pass from Sean Bergenheim to beat Brooks Laich to the goal. Washington responded in the second on goals from a freshly-healed Tom Poti in and Mike Knuble to put the Caps up 2-1 heading into the third. Ryan Malone tied the game at 2 just under 3 minutes into the last stanza on a power play tally – then the Alexes took over. Semin lit the lamp three times in 15:11, and was able to flip the puck to Ovechkin for another third period tally when his breakaway attempt was stuffed by TB’s netminder Dan Ellis. Steven Stamkos was able to round out the evening for the Bolts, netting his 14th on the season. The Caps offense continues to be red-hot and now averages 5.17 goals/game since their October 28th loss to the wild.
- 2 goals in 2 games for 22? Someone better do a head count on the goats in Northern Virginia to find out how many are missing.
- Speaking of Knuble, Bruce Boudreau started the game with Knoobs back on the top line only to reunite the SOB line for the second and third periods. Yeah, I’d say the change worked.
- Lost in all of this was Nicklas Backstrom‘s 200th career assist, one of 4 on the night. He’s now 3-11-14 and +9 in his last 8 games.
- Michal Neuvirth stopping 38-shots? Good. The Caps allowing 41 shots? Bad.
- Vincent Lecavalier was added to the Lightning’s list of injuries after suffering a broken knuckle. Wish the Bolts Captain all the best as he heals from his injury.
- Adam Hall‘s fight with Matt Bradley after he blew up Mike Lundin along the boards late in the second period. The hit was clean, and just because Brads embarrassed your linemate doesn’t mean you need to/should drop the gloves.