NHL Game Night: 4-7-13 Lightning at Capitals

End of the road?

TB-2
WSH-4

Ben Bishop allowed 3 goals on 37 shots for the loss. We're starting to see what the book is on Bishop now. He's tough as nails to score on in close but may be a little more vulnerable from long range a la Martin Brodeur and a few other bigger-sized goaltenders. I've been pleasantly surprised how he handles himself as a puck handler, on top of that.

First Period
01:52 TB Lecavalier (8), (St. Louis, Salo)

Second Period
03:14 WSH Ovechkin (24), (Hillen, Backstrom)
06:37 TB Killorn (7), (Lecavalier, Carle)
12:54 WSH Carlson (6), (Ward, Hillen)
16:21 WSH Ward (8), (Perrault, Chimera)

Third Period
19:55 WSH Ovechkin (25), (Ribiero)(EN)

Vincent Lecavalier was the game's third star. He has 3 points in 3 games since returning from the broken foot.

It's a tough, tough way to see your season possibly slip away. The past 2 nights saw a pair of 1 goal games that could've easily gone the other way, and just 1 or 2 mistakes and bad bounces made the difference. It's a shame, and the kind of thing that should keep these guys up at nights during the offseason. My biggest regret is that the outcome of these games may very well have gone the other way had Victor Hedman been in the lineup. Again, it's a shame.

The Lightning's divisional deficit grows back to 8 points, with seemingly not enough games left to close the gap.

Alex Killorn had a beautiful goal and was -1 with 2 shots in 16:19.

Matt Taormina was -1 with 1 hit and 2 blocked shots in 16:52.

Tyler Johnson had 1 shot, 1 hit, and was 58% on draws in 11:15.

Richard Panik was -1 with 1 blocked shot in 13:15. The guy has got to quit giving away the puck in the neutral zone. It's a career killing bad habit.

Radko Gudas was -1 with 2 shots and 7 hits in 19:26.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.