Milano scores the Capitals’ first two goals in the win against the Lightning
WASHINGTON — Sonny Milano He scored two goals and had an assist for the Washington Capitals in a 5-1 win against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Capital One Arena on Friday.
Anthony Mantha had a goal and an assist, and Darcy Kuemper made 28 saves for the Capitals (7-7-2), who finished 2-2-0.
“I thought our level of competition was very good tonight. From ‘Kuemps’ on, everybody was on fire,” said Washington assistant Kevin McCarthy, who served as head coach under Peter Laviolette in the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol. “We played a smart game. You do them well, you have a good chance to win games.”
John Carlson had an assist for his 600th NHL point, becoming the first defenseman in Capitals history to reach the milestone. He played a game-high 26:12 after missing six games with a lower-body injury.
Nick Perbix he scored, and Andrey Vasilevsky made 19 saves for the Lightning (7-6-1), who have lost three of four (1-2-1).
Tampa Bay was 0-for-3 on the power play, including a five-minute opportunity.
“We’ve been struggling a little bit lately on the power play (1-for-10 the last three games), and again we go over five minutes and we can’t score, and they come out of the game. box and score,” he said Lightning captain Steven Stamkos. “Those are turning points in games and when things are going well you take advantage of those opportunities, and when you’re in a rut you try not to let it snowball.”
The teams play again Sunday at Tampa’s Amalie Arena.
Mantha gave the Capitals a 1-0 lead at 10:32 of the first period. Lars Eller skated from behind the Lightning net to the left faceoff circle, spun and passed through the slot to Mantha, who scored from the right post.
Milano made it 2-0 when he came out of the penalty box, controlled a Carlson pass and beat Vasilevskiy on a breakaway at 7:03 of the second period for his first Washington goal.
“It was kind of reactionary,” Carlson said. “It went well, the puck went over my stick and I turned around and gave him a little extra juice just in case to get him out of the zone, first because I was tired, but it went perfect. a amazing move and we’re here.”
Milano had served a five-minute match penalty Nicolas Aube-Kubelwho was sent off for an illegal check on the Lightning defenseman’s head Cal Footewho left the party.
“Not great,” Tampa Bay coach Jon Cooper said when asked about Foote. “Obviously he couldn’t come back. It’s a hard hit. That defines the word blind. It’s a shame we’re playing them again. [Sunday] because I doubt [Foote] will be there to watch the game.”
Aliaksei Protas made it 3-0 when he hit the rebound from Nick Jensenshot at 2:25 p.m.
Conor Sheary He took a pass from Mantha and beat Vasilevskiy from the slot on the rush to make it 4-0 at 4:53 of the third period.
Perbix made it 4-1 when he scored on a layup from the top of the left circle at 12:09.
“We want to get back on track, obviously,” the Lightning defenseman said Victor Hedman said “You can’t get frustrated, that’s the bottom line. We believe in ourselves, but it will be good to have those guys back.”
Milano, who signed with the Capitals on Oct. 16, made it 5-1 when he attempted his pass Yevgeny Kuznetsov deflected to Stamkos at 5:45 p.m.
“It’s been pretty smooth,” Milano said of joining Washington. “Everybody has taken care of me and obviously a great group of leaders and older guys that I’m looking up to.”
NOTES: Tampa Bay Defense Erik Cernak i Mikhail Sergachev each left the game in the bottom of the third after blocking one Alex Ovechkin shot Cooper had no update. … A flash forward Nikita Kucherov ended his 11-game point streak (six goals, 14 assists). He was held scoreless for the second time this season (Oct. 14 at Columbus Blue Jackets). … Tampa Bay Forward Brayden Point ended his five-game point streak (two goals, seven assists). … Carlson passed Michal Pivonka for the fifth most points in Capitals history; has 134 goals and 466 assists in 897 games over 14 seasons, all with Washington.
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