Today featured the first game of the Prospect Tournament for the Tampa Bay Lightning and Washington Capitals. The game started with a bit of a bang as Washington tried to use their bigger size and set the tone with some heavy hits early. Before long, Adam Erne found himself in a fight after being slashed by a Capitals player. He was cut by his visor on the side of his face and left the game, but returned late in the period.
Washington would open the scoring with two unanswered goals in the 1st period. The Lightning would finally answer back and tie it with two goals. The first came from Mitchell Stephens with an assist to Anthony Cirelli. The second came on a power play set up by Brayden Point with Brian Hart finding the back of the net.
The Lightning would come back in the second period and allow a short handed goal to the Capitals in the first half of the period. However, they would rebound and tie it up at four with goals from Howden and Erne. The third period was back and forth with Washington taking a 5-4 lead on a power play goal. The Lightning prospects battled back and scored three goals in a row to open up a 7-5 lead with a goal from Howden and two from Point. Washington would score one more goal to make it close with less than five minutes to go, but couldn’t pull it out.