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Joe Smith's takeaways from Monday's Lightning-Capitals game

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.

Joe Smith's takeaways from Monday's Lightning-Capitals game 10/09/17 [Last modified: Monday, October 9, 2017 10:53pm]
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