With storms and tornado warnings across the Washington metro area the past day, it's not too surprising that the power briefly went off at KCI, plunging the rink into darkness just as the Capitals were about to start practice.
Cue the jokes about the Capitals’ second-round foe, the Lightning, striking the facility.
Practice wasn’t delayed in any way and the lights are now back on, with Coach Bruce Boudreau leading one more full session before the Eastern Conference semifinal series begins on Friday with Game 1 at Verizon Center.
--Just as they did Wednesday, Dennis Wideman (hematoma) and Mike Knuble (suspected right hand injury) took part in an earlier session led by strength and conditioning coach Mark Nemish, as did D.J. King and the Capitals’ black aces, Braden Holtby, Mathieu Perreault, Patrick McNeill and Steve Pinizzotto.
--All other players are on the ice for the regular session except for Tom Poti (groin) who didn’t appear to to skate at all this morning.
--Lines are the same as they have been since Game 5 against the Rangers, which is as follows:
--The Lightning traveled to Washington after their 1-0, series-clinching victory over the Penguins Wednesday night, but they are not scheduled to practice today.