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NHL Game Summary - Tampa Bay at Washington



(Monday, February 23rd)

Final Score: Tampa Bay 6, Washington 3

Washington, DC (Sports Network) - Martin St. Louis tallied a goal and three assists as the Tampa Lightning skated past the Washington Capitals 6-3 at the MCI Center.

Nikolai Khabibulin stopped 18 shots for Tampa Bay, which halted a two-game losing streak. Darryl Sydor, Vincent Lecavalier, Fredrik Modin, Dave Andreychuk and Ruslan Fedotenko also lit the lamp for the Lightning, who won for just the second time in their last 14 trips to Washington.

Olaf Kolzig, named NHL defensive player of the week prior to the game, stopped 29 shots for Washington, which fell for the first time in its last five games (2-1-2). Kolzig also had his personal five-game unbeaten streak come to an end (2-1-3).

Josef Boumedienne, Brian Willsie and Anson Carter scored goals for the Capitals in the setback. Robert Lang recorded two assists for Washington and now has a point in 12 straight game (5g, 10a).

Down 3-2 in the third period, Tampa Bay exploded with four answered goals to seize control of the contest.

The Capitals Rick Berry was sent off the ice for spearing at 2:48 of the third, and Tampa Bay took less than two minutes to get the equalizer. Modin re-directed a Sydor shot for the power-play tally with just over four minutes gone by in the stanza.

"I never intended to spear anybody," Berry said. "It just feels bad that you let the guys down."

Less than two minutes later, Andreychuk ripped a shot from high in the slot that beat Kolzig top shelf, giving the Lightning a 4-3 advantage at the 5:15 mark, a lead they would not relinquish.

Fedotenko added an insurance goal when he beat Kolzig from the slot with just over three minutes left in the contest, making it a two-goal game. St.Louis then closed out the scoring by beating Kolzig five-hole moments later.

Tampa Bay struck early with a goal on its first shot of the game. Cory Stillman gathered a loose puck behind the Capitals net and found a streaking Sydor in the slot. Sydor one-timed a high wrist shot that beat Kolzig glove side just 54 seconds into the game for the 1-0 lead.

The Capitals evened up the contest on Boumedienne's power play blast from the just beyond the right faceoff circle. Sergei Gonchar slipped a cross-ice pass to Boumedienne, who one-timed a low shot from the blue line that beat Khabibulin glove side at the 14:27 mark, making it 1-1.

While on the power play, Lecavalier snapped a 1-1 game with his 21st tally less than two minutes later. Lecavalier cleaned up a St. Louis blast by crashing the net and stuffed home the rebound with less than five minutes left in the stanza, giving Tampa Bay 2-1 edge.

"Down a goal, we get a power play, we have to capitalize," said St. Louis. "In five minutes, there's no reason we shouldn't at least get one, and getting two is big."

Willsie knotted up the game for the Capitals with his blast 1:22 into the second period. Bates Battaglia skated with the puck down the right side, and fired a cross-ice pass to Willsie, who was camped out near the left point. Willsie blasted a high slap shot that beat Khabibulin top shelf for the equalizer.

Carter's goal in the opening stages of the third stanza broke a 2-2 tie. Matt Pettinger picked up a loose puck in the neutral zone, eluded several Lightning defenders and preceded to skate down the left side of the boards. Carter crashed the net and re-directed Pettinger's pass, slipping the disc pass Kolzig two minutes into the stanza, making it a 3-2 contest.

Game Notes

Capitals owner Ted Leonsis made amends for his previous encounter with a fan, inviting the young man as a special guest in his suite for the contest...Sydor's goal was his first as a member of the Lightning...Tampa Bay scored more then five goals against the Capitals for the first time ever...There were four power-play goals scored in the contest...Gonchar now has 42 assists for the Capitals this season.

02/24 00:11:45 ET


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