In the third annual Congressional Hockey Challenge, the Lawmakers opened up the scoring. The Lobbyists answered with two goals.
In between the two Lobbyist scores, Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) made two big close-in saves to make it close.
After a give-and-take 14-plus minutes, the Lobbyists scored a buzzer-beater at 14:59 to make it 3-1.
Lawmakers co-coach and NHL Network Kevin Weekes insisted his team's "energy was good" and would ready for a third-period rally.
Sen. John Kerry played several solid shifts after cutting his warmups short to talk with Commissioner Gary Bettman on the NHL Hour radio show.
The Lawmakers bench enjoyed a first-period surprise appearnce from Chicago Blackhawks star Patrick Kane, who is in town with his Stanley Cup champion teammates to meet President Obama at the White House Friday and play the Capitals here at Verizon Center Sunday.
Five minutes left in third period, the Lawmakers have stormed back with two goals. The tying goal was set up by Kerry.
Guess Weekes knew what he was talking about.