Capitals Vs. Lightning, Game 3: Tampa Bay Leads After Sloppy First Period

It wasn't the cleanest period of hockey the Tampa Bay Lightning have played so far in the playoffs, but style doesn't matter on the scoreboard, and they'll be satisfied with their 1-0 lead after 20 minutes. The Caps outshot the Bolts by a considerable margin in the first period, but just like the previous two games in this series, that has not translated to goals thus far.

Dwayne Roloson has been good so far while the goal that Michal Neuvirth let in was soft, but it hasn't exactly been a flawless performance so far from the Bolts' netminder. Roloson almost gave away an extremely soft goal in the middle of the period, before his team scored, by accidentally kicking the puck into the net with the back of the skate as he searched for the lost puck. However, thanks to a too many men on the ice penalty committed by the Caps, the goal was disallowed.

Tampa Bay's goal was scored with nine minutes remaining in the period, and it was put in on the rush by Sean Bergenheim. Dominic Moore and Steve Downie picked up the assists on the goal, which was finished off low through the five-hole of Neuvirth. It was a goal the Caps' goalie would like to make back, as he absolutely should have made the save with his stick.

Moore almost doubled the lead with a goal of his own in the final minute of the period, but Neuvirth took a huge step towards redeeming himself after his soft goal by making an absolutely stunning save with his right pad as Moore tried to score with a backhand shot on a breakaway.

For more on the game and the series, check in with our Lightning vs. Capitals hub and our blogs: Japers' Rink on the Capitals and Raw Charge on the Lightning.    

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