The Washington Times - April 28, 2011, 11:13AM

The Capitals’ second-round opponent just happens to be the Tampa Bay Lightning. And with storms in the D.C. area, power went out at Kettler Capitals Iceplex in Arlington on Thursday morning with the team on the ice for practice.

It’s probably not an omen of any sort. The Caps were startled at first but kept on skating as emergency lighting came on at the rink.

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“The minute I went to step on the ice, all the lights went out,” defenseman John Erskine said. “I don’t know, hopefully it’s a good luck thing. It’s just kinda funny.”

It was like something out of the history books, Herb Brooks and the movie “Miracle,” except Bruce Boudreau wasn’t blowing a whistle and yelling “Again!” while players did wind sprints.

Erskine took a bit of the blame, too, because of his intimidating presence.

“Someone must’ve been scared of me out there,” he said with a smile.