NHL Game Night 10/24: Lightning at Capitals

Unforced errors cost the Lightning the game.

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Marc Denis allowed 4 goals on 28 shots in the loss.

First Period
Washington 6:33, Chris Clark 1 (Alexander Ovechkin)
Tampa Bay 16:40, Jason Ward 1 (Brad Richards, Paul Ranger)

Second Period
Washington 4:43, Dave Steckel 1 (Alexander Ovechkin, Viktor Kozlov)
Tampa Bay 7:27, Paul Ranger 1 (shorthanded) (Brad Richards, Jason Ward)
Washington 17:41, Brooks Laich 2 (Matt Pettinger, Shaone Morrisonn)
Washington 18:42, Chris Clark 2 (Brian Pothier, Michael Nylander)

Third Period
Tampa Bay 14:06, Martin St. Louis 2 (Vaclav Prospal, Mathieu Darche)
Washington 19:56, Alexander Ovechkin 5 (empty net) (Brian Pothier)

Turnovers and bad line changes will do it to you every time.

Mike Lundin played 13:28 of even hockey with one hit and one very serious turnover on a bad clear.

Mathieu Darche played 10:00 even and was -1 with 1 hit. He assisted on St. Louis' goal and was on the ice late when the Lightning pulled the goaltender for the sixth attacker.

Don't look now, but through 7 games Bolt Prospects alumni Paul Ranger has 1 goal and 8 points. Ranger was tied for 8th entering the night in points amongst all NHL defensemen and it might be safe to expect he could be in the top-5 at night's end. He's doing it almost exclusively at even strength with good break out passes to tee up the rush, which is very different. Most d-men load up on power play points when they are among the league leaders. For that reason (and the fact Dan Boyle will be soon returning thereby taking some of the ice time he's been getting) it's unlikely Ranger will keep this torrid scoring pace up. However, 40+ points doesn't seem an unreasonable goal now. He's already 20% of the way there and we're not even out of October.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.