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Boiling Over: Caps-Bolts Renew Rift From Friday Night’s Game in Washington

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After a tough, exciting game at Capital One Arena on Friday in which they combined 79 penalty minutes, the Washington Capitals and Tampa Bay Lightning took out their frustrations in a 6-1 game at Amalie Arena on Sunday. 3 Defeat of Washington by the Blitz.

Tensions between the two clubs began after the Capitals’ Nicolas Aube-Kubel struck Lightning defender Cal Foote in the head, a game for which he was suspended for three games.

Things started to heat up towards the end of the first period as Capitals defenseman Matt Irwin and Lightning forward Patrick Maroon dropped the gloves at 4-0 (and starting goaltender Darcy Kuemper pulled in favor of Charlie Lindgren), the frustration mounting for the visiting Capital Cities.

While the Caps managed to get onto the board late in the second, tempers began to flare again after a collision between Garnet Hathaway and Maroon (who fought at the teams last meeting and were fined for the incident) in the Proximity of the benches led to a melee. Irwin and Pierre Edouard-Bellemare soon dropped the gloves and finished the second.

Irwin never recorded more than two fights in a single season in his career.

The third period was largely uneventful, with several small duels spread over a period that saw the visitors fall to a larger deficit save for goals from Conor Sheary, Lars Eller and Garnet Hathaway.

The two clubs ended the evening with a total of 42 penalty minutes.

By Michael Fleetwood

About Michael Fleetwood

Born into a family of die-hard Capitals fans, Michael Fleetwood has been watching games for as long as he can remember. Born the year the Capitals went to their first Stanley Cup Final, he is a die-hard Caps fan, the owner of the very FIRST Joe Beninati jersey and has since met Joe himself. His favorite player became former capital Nate Schmidt after meeting Schmidt at a Hershey hotel while he was in Hershey PA to watch the Bears game shortly after Schmidt was injured during a practice stint. Michael is also a fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Orioles and enjoys photography, watching WildEarth TV’s SafariLive and wildlife watching in his free time. (Photo by Adam Vingan in 2014 at Capitals Development Camp).

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