WASHINGTON – It was a crazy night inside Verizon Center.
Troy Brouwer netted his first career hat trick, Karl Alzner took part in his first career fight, and Tomas Vokoun made 28 saves to lead the Washington Capitals to a 4-3 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning Friday.
“I’m pretty excited,” Brouwer said of his hat trick. “I was close once before. It’s a special feat, but at the same time I’m excited about the win tonight.”
The win did not come without nerves, however, as after taking a 3-0 lead early in the second period, Washington allowed the Lightning to take control of the game, and barely made it out of the building with the two points following two goals against in the final 3:24 of regulation. It got way too close, and everybody knows it.
“We played well enough to win tonight,” Tampa coach Guy Boucher said after the game. “I’m sorry.”
Tampa Bay was assessed three penalties in the first five minutes of the game, and the Capitals took full advantage, scoring twice to