Undermanned Caps grind out a point in OT loss to Lightning

Washington Capitals center Brooks Laich, left, dives to slap the puck away from Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Bruno Gervais during the first period of an NHL game in Tampa, Fla., Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2012. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)Washington Capitals center Brooks Laich, left, dives to slap the puck away from Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Bruno Gervais during the first period of an NHL game in Tampa, Fla., Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2012. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)
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“Character” got the Caps into sole possession of first place, points-wise, for the first time under Hunter. But given that the Lightning are chasing, they don’t want to look back at this two-point swing with regret.

And that makes Wednesday night’s game at the Florida Panthers all that much more important. Florida trails the Caps by just one point now with a game in hand.

“Tomorrow is even a bigger game for us,” center Mathieu Perreault said. “We’re playing the team we’re battling to get on top of the Southeast, so it’ll be a huge two points for us.”

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