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Throughout the past few days both teams' coaches downplayed last weeks game between these two teams. Though Tocchet was quoted saying that winning tonight's game would be the best retribution to last week's events. He would even go to the lengths of only playing two lines if it would help him win.

The Lightning played the first two periods with a huge effort. For once, the shots on goal for the Lightning was comparable to the opposing team. 3 power play goals from the Caps in the 1st, and a goal from St. Louis (with another assist for Lashoff!). In the 2nd, Stamkos notched his 19th goal to bring the game closer. Again, the 1st and 2nd period was penalty city for the Lightning again.

It was early in the 3rd that Vinny Prospal ties it up. But Brian Pothier, who has not scored since Dec 27 2007, answers back for the go ahead goal. Pothier has been out since early January 2008 with a concussion that he got after Lucic checked him into the boards (let's hope Smith will have a speedier recovery). People thought he would retire from the effects of the concussion. This was his 4th game back, first goal of the season. Ovie get's an empty net goal in the end for his 100th point of the season.

In the end the Lightning lose, but made it tough for the Caps to walk away with this win.

-Shots on goal? Lightning 36, Caps 39...finally a game with over 20 shots for the Lightning, and something equal to the opposition

Side Story:
Ovechkin got a new toy today: a 200-mph Mercedes SL65 AMG Black Series. Price tag? $250, 000