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Striking quickly: Lightning chase Holtby from Caps net in 11 minutes

Dec 10, 2013, 7:47 PM EDT

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 28: Braden Holtby #70 of the Washington Capitals reacts after giving up a goal in the second period of Game One of the Eastern Conference Semifinals against the New York Rangers during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden on April 28, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) Getty Images

To put things mildly, the Washington Capitals didn’t get off to a strong start against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday.

Just ask Braden Holtby and Mike Green.

Holtby, 24, was pulled 11:07 into the first period after allowing three goals on just eight shots. This continues a season of highs and lows for the Capitals goalie, who was also yanked on Oct. 4, Oct. 27 and Dec. 3.

Green, 28, deserves plenty of the blame, though.

He received a double-minor for hi-sticking 2:14 in (Martin St. Louis scored on the power play 12 seconds later), a tripping penalty 9:07 in (Nikita Kucherov added another power-play goal) and then received a misconduct for hi-sticking Tyler Johnson at the 11:42 mark of the first period. Yikes.

If Caps fans need reasons for optimism, at least this little meltdown came early. Alex Ovechkin already cut the deficit down to 3-1 later on in the first period, so perhaps the Caps will storm back into this one.

  1. rockthered1286 - Dec 10, 2013 at 8:12 PM

    Green has become a laughing stock….

    Wait he already was?

  2. killerpgh - Dec 10, 2013 at 8:13 PM

    “He received a double-minor for hi-sticking 2:14 in (Martin St. Louis scored on the power play 12 seconds later), a tripping penalty 9:07 in (Nikita Kucherov added another power-play goal) and then was ejected for hi-sticking Tyler Johnson at the 11:42 mark of the first period. Yikes.”

    There has to be more to it than just high-sticking a 2nd players that got Green tossed. What’s the real story? My guess would be mouthing off to the ref.

    • charlieconway96 - Dec 10, 2013 at 8:29 PM

      Possibly, but it almost looked more like he was angry with himself after that last high stick. But my lip reading skills could be slipping.

    • lowenni - Dec 10, 2013 at 8:45 PM

      No, there was nothing else. It was just take 8 minutes of penalties within ten minutes, so they gave him a 10 minute misconduct. He’s back now though and he’s got an assist.

    • lowenni - Dec 10, 2013 at 8:48 PM

      Here’s more info: http://www.russianmachineneverbreaks.com/2013/12/10/mike-greens-terrible-horrible-no-good-very-bad-night-four-minor-penalties-18-pims-in-first-period/#more-58143

      He yelled “f**k me, wtf” at the ref

      • killerpgh - Dec 10, 2013 at 9:12 PM

        The 10 minute misconduct makes a lot more sense then him getting “ejected” like the article said.

      • James O'Brien - Dec 10, 2013 at 9:17 PM

        Corrected, thanks.

  3. lowenni - Dec 10, 2013 at 8:46 PM

    Doesn’t matter now, because Ovi. 4-4.

    • 19to77 - Dec 10, 2013 at 9:00 PM

      Good Lord. So that’s why he has all those Hart Trophies. What a force tonight.

  4. dcfan4life - Dec 10, 2013 at 10:01 PM

    Game Over. Best comeback of the year, great game. Ovie with 4 Goals. Grubauer was excellent in relief. The Lightnight didnt give up tho, but what a win. Go Caps!!!

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