The Lightning and Capitals play an intense and intense match tonight. Tampa Bay took a 4-3 lead in the second period on a goal from the PP that was about the height of what their forwards could achieve.
While Washington was trying to escape his own zone after a puck race, Steven Stamkos stole Matt Niskanen out of balance and sent him off to Brayden Point, who then placed him at home. Ondrej Palat. But Palat missed the opportunity to shoot, just like Stamkos when he received the smart drop. It was the captain's pass that allowed Nikita Kucherov, the first NHL producer, to offer a fatal finish to Braden Holtby, helpless. All this happened in about four seconds.
Kucherov, who also scored Tampa's first goal a power shot from the right circle, a terrifying weapon with the advantage of a man, but this whole unit is ridiculously beautiful and offers the potential to score goals whenever his opponent is hit with a penalty. They have already won the Presidents' Trophy, so the Lightning are only playing in the last regular season games for fun, but man, they are well worth it.