Capitals' Carlson not in lineup for round-robin tilt with Lightning

Ruben Hill
August 5, 2020

Washington Capitals defenseman John Carlson won't play Monday in the club's round-robin opener against the Tampa Bay Lightning, the Capitals announced.

Stephens tallied his first postseason goal and was a key factor in Tampa Bay's faceoff game.

TOP PERFORMERS: Nikita Kucherov has 85 total points for the Lightning, 33 goals and 52 assists.

Richard Panik scored at the 17:24 mark of the second, and Evgeny Kuznetsov, scored with 27.1 seconds left before intermission to tie it. The Capitals gained one standings point and are 0-0-1 in the seeding round-robin portion of the tournament.

"We were in their face", Maroon said. "So I think that's important".

Alex Ovechkin leads the Capitals with 48 goals and has 67 points. Radko Gudas played in Carlson's place. That is a huge hole in the defense if he misses a prolonged period of time but that does not seem to be the case. TJ Oshie scored the only goal for Washington. Jakub Vrana also had a breakaway attempt in overtime, but Vasilevskiy blocked his shot.

The Capitals will take Tuesday off and then practice once before their next game Thursday against the Philadelphia Flyers.

Lightning coach Jon Cooper offered significant praise for the Capitals after his team's victory.

I am happy hockey is back and am just hoping the Caps make it out of the round robin looking strong but more importantly that they stay healthy as well. They've got everything: size, strength, speed, skill.

"All around, I thought that was a playoff game", Lightning winger Patrick Maroon said.

Stamkos is recovering from a lower-leg injury suffered during July's Phase 2 team workouts. After seeing how well the Caps played 5on5 last game, I am curious to see how they look against the best 5on5 team in the league. "We are a very tight group and it shows on the ice and I'm excited for the next few games and the outcome of the playoffs, it's going to be fun".

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