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NHL Game Summary - Tampa Bay at Washington



(Thursday, March 1st)

Final Score: Tampa Bay 5, Washington 4 (SO)

Washington, DC (Sports Network) - Nick Tarnasky scored in the 10th round of a shootout, lifting the Tampa Bay Lightning over the Washington Capitals, 5-4, at the Verizon Center.

After 19 players on both sides failed to score before him, Tarnasky gained speed from center ice before snapping the puck between the pads of Caps' netminder Brent Johnson.

Vincent Lecavalier and Martin St. Louis each had a goal and two assists for the Lightning, who had dropped two of three heading into their season-high six-game road trip. Johan Holmqvist made 23 saves before stonewalling the home team in the shootout. Holmqvist has saved 26-of-27 shots in shootouts this season.

Alex Ovechkin had a goal and an assist for the Capitals, who have dropped eight of nine and are mired in last place in the Southeast Division. Johnson finished with 25 saves, as the Caps fell to 1-10 in shootouts this season.

Trailing 3-2 in the third, Tampa Bay netted the equalizer on a short-handed tally by Lecavalier. The veteran center took a pass from St. Louis in the right corner, faked the shot and then ripped the puck past Johnson with 7:16 remaining.

St. Louis then netted the go-ahead goal when he took a feed from Lecavalier and deflected a backhand shot up and over the glove of Johnson with 3:18 left in regulation.

A 6-on-3 power play helped Washington net the equalizer with just 10.9 seconds remaining. Ovechkin sent a pass through the crease, and Alexander Semin was camped off the net on the right side, tapping the puck underneath Holmqvist to make it 4-4, sending the game into overtime.

Washington converted on just one of its six power play chances, while Tampa went 0-for-6 in the contest.

Shaone Morrisonn put the Caps up 1-0 on a scorching slapshot from above the left circle that got through two defenders. Holmqvist made a last ditch attempt to pick up the puck through the screen, but the disc slid under his stick and into the bottom right corner of the net at 11:35. It was Washington's first shot on goal in the period.

The Lightning tied things up at 1-1 early in the second, when Lecavalier took the initial shot and the rebound kicked right to Vinny Prospal. The speedy left winger then used a sharp angle wrister to beat Johnson at 2:17.

Ovechkin put the Caps back on top, 2-1, as he took a soft pass from Jiri Novotny in the right circle and fired a wrist shot past Holmqvist, top corner on the short side at 10:11.

Washington doubled its lead, 3-1, on a botched play by the Lightning in the middle stanza. Boyd Gordon sent a shot on net, and Matt Pettinger had at least three chances to stuff home the rebound while Paul Ranger and Dan Boyle failed to clear the puck. Holmqvist also did his best to cover the disc, but it squirted free and Pettinger finally sent it over the goal line at 14:04.

Ruslan Fedotenko's wrist shot got past Johnson with just 28 ticks remaining in the period, and it was a 3-2 game heading to the third.

Game Notes

Ovechkin has four goals in his past three games. He's recorded a point in 12 of 14 career games against Tampa Bay...Tampa Bay has won 10 of its last 12 on the road and earned points in 11 of those games...The Lightning have won five of six meetings with the Capitals this season, including three games in Washington.

03/01 22:29:09 ET


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