The NHL wants to crack down on slashing and faceoff violations, which is good, in theory. But such subjective — not to mention questionable — calls like the one on the Lightning's Yanni Gourde in the second period can be game-changing. The Capitals scored on that power play.
RW Chris Kunitz's second-period goal — his first with the Lightning — is the kind of gritty contribution you can expect from the four-time Stanley Cup champion. Kunitz posted up in front of the net and redirected a point shot to pull Tampa Bay within 3-2.
If anyone still doubted whether Andrei Vasilevskiy was ready to be a full-time No. 1 goalie, they're probably not now. Vasilevskiy, starting three games in four nights, is main reason Tampa Bay was in all those games. The kid is all right.