NHL Game Summary - Tampa Bay at Washington|
(Friday, November 26th)
Final Score: Washington 6, Tampa Bay 0
Washington, DC (Sports Network) - Alexander Semin notched his third hat trick
of the season and Semyon Varlamov stopped 17 shots to post his first shutout
of the year, as Washington dominated Tampa Bay, 6-0, at Verizon Center.
John Carlson, John Erskine and Tom Poti also lit the lamp for the Capitals,
who own the best record in the NHL outright at 16-6-2 thanks to their second
Washington moved one point ahead of Philadelphia (15-6-3), which earned a
point in a shootout loss to Calgary earlier Friday.
Mike Smith got the start and the loss after yielding four goals on 18 shots
for the Lightning, who saw their five-game win streak halted and were shut out
for the first time since November 4 at Los Angeles.
"Everything that we did well in the last five games to beat other teams wasn't
there tonight," said Lightning head coach Guy Boucher. "I saw it in the first
five minutes. Even at 1-0, after the first period, we had the flattest bench
we've had all year long."
Erskine pushed Washington's advantage to 2-0 on a heavy point drive 4:38 into
the second period, then Semin singlehandedly gave the Caps control of the
He started by one-timing a Marcus Johansson feed from the left circle at 6:52
to make it a three-goal advantage.
Semin struck once more at 8:56 on a Capitals power play by hammering a pass
from Nicklas Backstrom, then completed his trifecta on another perfect shot on
a 5-on-3 from along the goal line to the left of Ellis at 11:21.
"I don't know if I've seen anyone more skilled than him, [to be] honest with
you," Backstrom said. "He can shoot from every angle, and everything, so
that's pretty impressive. I'm just glad he's on our team."
Poti's goal, a soft wrister that squeezed between Ellis' arm and body, came
with 5:14 left in regulation.
Carlson's blistering slapper from the right point gave the Caps a 1-0 edge
just 3:09 into the game. Johansson had won a right-circle draw seconds before
and slid the puck back to the point for a waiting Carlson.
Semin also posted three-goal games on October 23 against Atlanta and November
11 against Tampa Bay...Washington allowed just four first-period shots to
Tampa Bay, second-fewest in any period since giving up three to Boston in the
opening 20 minutes on November 5...The Capitals have won 11 of 13 home games
over the Lightning since March, 2007...Johansson, Backstrom and Alex Ovechkin
each recorded a pair of assists...Capitals forward Mike Knuble returned after
missing three games with a broken jaw.
11/27 01:39:08 ET