Ovechkin also had a breakout pass picked off at center ice during the late-game advantage. Moments later, Semin fired the second shot from long range, again with Roloson getting a clear look at it.
“We all knew what we have to do on the power play,” Ovechkin said. “But on the last power play we tried to do too much because it was 3-2 and there were five minutes, six minutes left in the game.”
So the final, disjointed power play came and went with the Capitals’ registering two shots on net, virtually no sustained pressure and not a single rebound chance.
“They did a good job, no question, but we have to get more shots,” said Arnott, who didn’t record a shot on the power play. “We were trying to be too fancy and not getting pucks to the net and not having guys around the net. They did a good job of keeping us on the perimeter, but we have to do a better job of attacking.”
If the Capitals need a reminder of how to score on the power play, they need not look further than Steven Stamkos’s winner. Tampa Bay defenseman Eric Brewer skated the puck down to the goal line and fired a tight angle shot at the Capitals’ net, just hoping to create a rebound opportunity.
You know what? It worked. Capitals goalie Michal Neuvirth couldn’t control the rebound, and Stamkos, parked at the side of the blue paint, flipped it into the net.
Brewer made the simple play. Stamkos ventured into a high traffic area. And, like that, Tampa Bay stole home ice advantage.
“That’s usually how goals go in,” Arnott said of the Lightning’s power-play strike. “Get a shot on net, the goalie makes a save and there are players there to bang in rebounds.”
Sounds straightforward enough, doesn’t it? The Capitals had better hope Arnott wasn’t the only player who took note of it.