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Simon. Simon. How long till you are back? I have reserved any judgment of Simon Gagne this season because he's been injured for pretty much the entirety of it. But my patience is being tried with all this waiting to see him play. Lightning Strikes quotes him saying that "he's really close to 100-percent" and will have a better idea after the two team practices they'll have on Monday and Wednesday.

Now for what happened on the weekend:

Capitals 6, Lightning 0
It's obvious how bad the Lightning played by just looking at what the final score was. It's frustrating to see the Lightning have these major blowouts as opposed to a loss by one or two goals because it says so much about how the team as a whole didn't show up to play. Good thing I didn't take off early from work to catch this game.

The Caps were 2 for 5 on the powerplay against the Lightning. If you can't stop the Capitals powerplay then you got to stay out of the box, it's really that simple. Watching the highlights of the game showed Alex Semin camped in the Stamkos spot on the left side for his powerplay goals of his hat trick of the night, didn't matter while goalie was in net. And it's not like the Caps were being favoured by getting more powerplays as the Lightning actually had one more powerplay opportunity than Washington did, they just didn't capitilize on them.

Lightning 2, Panthers 3 (SO)
This game the Lightning played as a whole much better from the one against the Caps. They came out with an edge to their game that made this game interesting to watch. The Lightning had big goals from Teddy Purcell, Dana Tyrell and Sean Bergenheim. Radek Dvorak was pulled down on a shorthanded attempt and got a penalty shot that he scored on.

Something nice to say about the Panthers: Vokoun was great in net for the Panthers during the game, both during regulation time and in the shootout. He really doesn't get enough recognition for how well he plays for the Panthers. But then that gets me thinking that when Luongo played down in Florida and was faced with a barrage of shots per night that he looked like he did well too. But now with a better team in front of him, he struggles with his play. It will be curious to see how Vokoun will fare next year when he's with a new team as he's a UFA this summer (unless he re-signs with the Panthers of course).

This week: Two game road trip up to Toronto on Tuesday and Boston on Thurday, followed by a home game against the Avalanche on Saturday