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NHL Game Summary - Tampa Bay at Washington



(Sunday, October 16th)

Final Score: Washington 3, Tampa Bay 2 (SO)

Washington, DC (Sports Network) - Petr Sykora scored the game-winning goal in the shootout, as Washington defeated Tampa Bay, 3-2, at MCI Center.

Chris Clark and Dainius Zubrus both scored in regulation for the Capitals, who snapped a two-game losing streak. Alexander Ovechkin had an assist for Washington and has now registered at least one point in all seven games this season (4 goals, 4 assists).

Olaf Kolzig was sensational in the win as the veteran netminder stopped 38 of the 40 shots he faced.

Vincent Lecavalier and Vaclav Prospal both lit the lamp for the Lightning, who have dropped three of their past four contests. Sean Burke made just 12 saves in the setback.

In the shootout, Lecavalier and Ovechkin both opened with goals, but Kolzig then denied Martin St. Louis with a pad save.

Sykora then tallied what would be the deciding goal as he beat Burke with a wrister before Kolzig turned aside Brad Richards' attempt. On the final save, Richards went to the five hole, but Kolzig stacked the pads and made the stop.

Tampa Bay took a 1-0 lead 9:20 into the game as Lecavalier took a feed from Dave Andreychuck and beat Kolzig with a slapper from the right circle. Lecavalier has four goals this season.

Clark's first goal of the season just under two minutes later tied the score, but the Lightning tacked on one final goal in the opening stanza.

Prospal controlled the puck behind the net before flipping a back-handed pass in front of the crease. However, it deflected off a pair of defenders and trickled past Kolzig as Prospal was credited with the score.

In the second period, Washington tied the score at 2-2 as Zubrus tallied 3:49 into the frame. Ovechkin stole the puck behind the net and passed the disc to Zubrus, who was positioned in the left circle and one-timed a shot past Burke for the equalizer.

The Capitals had a pair of power-play chances in the third, but could not score and the game went into overtime.

Lecavalier had the best chance in overtime as he skated in on a 2-on-1 break before wristing a shot from the right circle that Kolzig stopped.

Game Notes

Prospal tops the club with eight points this year (4 goals, 4 assists)...Washington was 0-for-3 with the power play, while the Lightning converted once in eight chances with the extra skater...Ovechkin is the first Caps player to notch at least one point in his first seven NHL games.

10/16 21:20:38 ET


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