Stamkos, Lightning Sting Capitals

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The Washington Capitals appeared poised to squeeze at least a point out of Monday’s contest, tied late in the third period against the Tampa Bay Lightning when they did something they couldn’t afford to do — give space to Steven Stamkos.

After losing a faceoff in the defensive zone, the Capitals failed to tie up the stick of the NHL’s leading goal-scorer at the top of the crease, allowing Stamkos to smack a rebound into an open net for an easy goal with 63 seconds remaining in regulation. It would prove decisive in Read Full Article »