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NHL Game Summary - Washington at Tampa Bay

(Thursday, March 19th)

Final Score: Washington 5, Tampa Bay 2

Tampa, FL (Sports Network) - Alex Ovechkin tallied his 50th goal of the season and Mike Green scored twice as the Southeast Division-leading Washington Capitals scored three times in the third period to defeat the Tampa Bay Lightning, 5-2, at St. Pete Times Forum.

Ovechkin, who also had two assists, became the first Capitals player to ever notch three separate 50-goal seasons.

"I feel pretty good actually," Ovechkin said. "I had pretty good chances before and I was close, but today was a lucky goal I think. It's done right now. No pressure, nothing."

Michael Nylander and Matt Bradley also lit the lamp for Washington, which built off a 3-0 win at Florida on Tuesday. The Capitals have won five of six, overall. Viktor Kozlov notched three helpers in the win.

Simeon Varlamov was solid between the pipes stopping 26-of-28 shots for the Caps, who have won nine straight over the Lightning.

Steven Stamkos and Martin St. Louis accounted for the Tampa Bay goals. The Bolts have lost two straight and six of eight overall.

"They capitalized on a couple things," Lightning center Jeff Halpern said. "I thought it was a good hockey game and they scored on our mistakes and opened the game up."

Mike McKenna allowed five goals on 30 shots for Tampa Bay.

In the third period, with things knotted at 2-all, Green took a nice feed from Kozlov from behind the net and ripped a wrister high over the stick side of McKenna to put the Capitals in front at 1:48. Kozlov then setup Nylander for a power-play tally at 7:38 to make it a 4-2 game.

Bradley gave the Caps a three-goal cushion when he tallied with 7:34 remaining to account for the final 5-2 margin.

Ovechkin opened the scoring with his 50th goal of the season 7:43 into the first period. The Russian star took a pass from Nicklas Backstrom in the neutral zone and fired a wrist shot past McKenna on the glove side from the top of the right circle, giving the Capitals the early lead.

Stamkos's power-play goal with 2:21 left in the period tied things at 1-1, but Washington went back in front with only 9.6 seconds remaining. Green took a feed from Shaone Morrisonn and blasted a slap shot under the crossbar putting the Caps up heading into the intermission.

After McKenna made several key saves off Tampa Bay turnovers throughout the second, St. Louis put home a rebound with 4:06 left in the stanza to tie the contest at 2-2.

Game Notes

Washington will continue its five-game road trip at Carolina on Saturday, while the Lightning resume their four-game homestand against Atlanta...Green has five goals in four contests versus the Lightning this season...The Caps improved to 19-13-4 as the visitor this year. Tampa Bay dropped to 11-15-10 as the host...St. Louis extended his point streak to seven games.

03/20 01:21:43 ET

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