Tampa, FL (SportsNetwork.com) – Alex Ovechkin scored twice, and the Washington
Capitals grabbed a 5-3 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday.
Matt Niskanen, Troy Brouwer and Brooks Laich also scored for the Capitals, who
have won three straight. Braden Holtby made 33 saves in the win.
Valtteri Filppula, Brian Boyle and Steven Stamkos each had a goal for the
Lightning, who have lost three of their last four. Ben Bishop allowed four
goals on 34 shots.
It took just 40 seconds for Washington to get on the board as Ovechkin was
able to chip a shot in between the pads of Bishop from the low left side.
Tampa tied the game at 13:49 of the first when Victor Hedman’s slap shot from
the left point was redirected in by Boyle in front of the net.
The Capitals, though, took a 2-1 lead just 34 seconds later with a power-play
marker off a one-timer from the top of the left circle by Niskanen.
Another quick goal to start the period, this one from Tampa Bay, tied the game
as Stamkos’ turnaround wrister from the slot found the top left corner 47
seconds in. It was his 250th career goal.
However, Washington once again took the lead four minutes later after Laich
stuffed the loose puck in from the right side for his third of the year.
Filppula scored with 3.2 seconds to play, and it was just enough time for
Ovechkin to put the puck into the empty net before the buzzer to account for
the final score.
Washington hosts Columbus on Thursday … Tampa Bay hosts Carolina on Thursday
… Tampa Bay defeated Washington, 4-3, at home on Nov. 1 … Washington was
1-for-2 on the power play, while Tampa was 0-for-3 … Hedman had three