Richard Panik gets 5-minute major for boarding Karl Alzner

When you're trying to protect a lead against the Capitals, you shouldn't do dumb things like this.

Once Mike Green stopped his one-man parade to the penalty box on Tuesday night the Washington Capitals were able to accomplish some things on the ice.

Helping matters was Tampa Bay's Richard Panik taking a costly (and dangerous) boarding penalty late in the second period when he sent Karl Alzner flying into the wall, giving the Capitals power play a five-minute man advantage.

Borading_medium

As if Brendan Shanahan didn't have enough to do this week. Panik will have a disciplinary hearing with the league on Wednesday for the hit.

Here's a pro tip for the young hockey fans out there: When you're trying to protect a multiple goal lead against the Capitals, it's not a good idea to give their power play an extended opportunity by doing dumb things like that. Nothing good is going to come from it.

The Capitals wasted no time in cashing in thanks to a pair of goals from Alex Ovechkin to complete his hat trick and tie the game at 4-4 heading into the third period. The Capitals went on to win the game 6-5 in a shootout.

That's the best way to respond to an ugly hit: Putting the puck in the net as often as humanly possible and then winning the game.

More from SB Nation NHL:

Sharks sit atop the NHL Power Rankings

Salary cap will hit $71 million next season

Opinion: It’s time for a new direction in Nashville

NHL’s caveman culture isn’t going anywhere

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Spinner

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.