Milano scores Capitals’ first two goals in win against Lightning

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WASHINGTON — sonny milano scored two goals and provided an assist for the Washington Capitals in a 5-1 win against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Capital One Arena on Friday.

antonio mantha had a goal and an assist, and darcy kumper he made 28 saves for the Capitals (7-7-2), who finished their homestand 2-2-0.

“I think our level of competition was really good tonight. From ‘Kuemps’ forward, everyone was marked,” said Washington assistant Kevin McCarthy, who served as head coach under Peter Laviolette on the NHL COVID-19 protocol. . “We play a smart game. You do those things well, you have a good chance to win games.”

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john carlson he had an assist for his 600th NHL point, becoming the first defenseman in Capitals history to reach that milestone. He played a game-high 26:12 after missing six games with a lower-body injury.

Nick Perbix scored, and Andrey Vasilyevsky He made 19 saves for Rayo (7-6-1), who have lost three of four (1-2-1).

Tampa Bay went 0-for-3 on the power play, including a five-minute opportunity.

“We’ve been struggling a little bit lately with the power play (1-for-10 in the last three games), and again we have a five-minute major there and we can’t score, and they go off the field.” boxing and scoring,” Lightning captain Steven Stamkos said. “Those are turning points in games, and when things are going well, you take those opportunities, and when you’re in a rut, you try not to let it become A snowball”.

The teams play again on Sunday at the Amalie Arena in Tampa.

Mantha gave the Capitals a 1-0 lead at 10:32 in the first half. Lars Eller he skated from behind the Lightning net into the left faceoff circle, spun and passed through the slot to Mantha, who scored off the right post.

Video: TBL@WSH: Milano scores on breakaway for 2-0 lead

Milano made it 2-0 when he came out of the penalty area, controlled a pass from Carlson and beat Vasilevskiy on a breakaway at 7:03 of the second period for his first goal for Washington.

“It was a bit reactionary,” Carlson said. “It worked fine, the puck jumped over my stick and I turned to that side and gave it some extra juice just in case to get it out of the zone, first because I was tired, but it worked perfect. He made an amazing move and here we go.” “.

Milano had served a five-minute penalty for Nicholas Aube-Kubelwho was expelled for an illegal check to the defense of Rayo’s head foot of limewho left the game.

“Not great,” Tampa Bay coach Jon Cooper said when asked about Foote. “Obviously he couldn’t come back. That’s a hard hit. That defines the word blind. It’s too bad we’re playing them again.” [Sunday] because i doubt [Foote] I’ll be around to watch the game.”

Aliaksei Protas increased the lead to 3-0 when he hit on the rebound from Nick JensenShot at 2:25 p.m.

conor sheary he received a pass from Mantha and beat Vasilevskiy from the slot on the run to make it 4-0 at 4:53 of the third period.

Perbix cut it to 4-1 when he scored on a timer from the top of the left circle at 12:09.

“We want to get back to normal, obviously,” Lightning defense Victor Hedman said. “You can’t get frustrated, that’s the bottom line. We believe in ourselves, but it will be nice to have these guys one more time.”

Milano, who signed with the Capitals on Oct. 16, made it 5-1 when his pass attempted Yevgeny Kuznetsov diverted to Stamkos at 17:45.

“It’s been pretty smooth,” Milano said of joining Washington. “Everyone has been looking out for me, and obviously a great group of leaders and older guys that I’m definitely looking up to.”

GRADES: Tampa Bay Defenders Erik Cernak Y mikhail sergachev each left the game late in the third after blocking a alex ovechkin Shooting. Cooper didn’t have an update. … Lightning ahead Nikita Kucherov ended his streak of 11 points (six goals, 14 assists). He went without a point for the second time this season (Oct. 14 at the Columbus Blue Jackets). … Tampa Bay forward brayden point his five-point streak (two goals, seven assists) ended. … Carlson passed Michal Pivonka for the fifth-most points in Capitals history; he has 134 goals and 466 assists in 897 games over 14 seasons, all with Washington.

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