NHL Game Summary - Tampa Bay at Washington
(Friday, November 14th)
Final Score: Tampa Bay 5, Washington 2
Washington, DC (Sports Network) - Fredrik Modin scored twice in the first 26 minutes, as the Tampa Bay Lightning pounded the Washington Capitals, 5-2, in a Southeast Division clash from the MCI Center.
Vincent Lecavalier, Cory Stillman and Martin St. Louis also scored for the Lightning, who won for the first time in Washington since November 4, 1998, a span of 11 regular season games. John Grahame stopped 20-of-22 shots on goal for Tampa, which won for the second time in six games (2-3-1).
Jaromir Jagr and Jason Doig scored for Washington, which lost for the fourth time in five games. Olaf Kolzig stopped just nine of the 14 shots he faced before being pulled from the contest.
Tampa Bay got on the board first in odd fashion. Sergei Gonchar wheeled at his goal line to the left of the net and tried to sneak a pass past a charging St. Louis toward Brendan Witt at the other side of the ice. But his pass was too tight to the netminder, and it caught Kolzig's right skate and ricocheted into the net without being touched by a Lightning player. Lecavalier was credited with the goal at the 3:22 mark of the first.
Less than five minutes later, the Lightning added a goal when Modin picked up the puck in the neutral zone and charged down the right side of the ice. He let loose with a snapshot that beat Kolzig between his blocker and his body to the far side of the net for the 2-0 lead.
Modin scored again at the 5:52 mark of the second period, when Brad Richards fed Modin from behind the net to the left faceoff circle. Modin fired a wrister past Kolzig on the stick side.
The Tampa barrage continued at 9:26 of the middle period, when after a Brad Lukowich shot from the right point, Stillman corralled the rebound, took it to the back hand and beat Kolzig shortside for the goal.
Jagr got one back less than two minutes later, when he took a feed from Kip Miller streaking down the left side of the ice. He powered behind the defense, switched to the backhand and flipped the puck by Grahame to make it 4-1.
But St. Louis scored a shorthanded goal later in the period to re-establish the four-goal lead. He stole the puck from Robert Lang and went in alone on Kolzig, faking him to the right and beating him left.
Washington capped the second period scoring with just 6.3 seconds left, when Doig jumped on a rebound of a Lang shot from the left side, and put it past Grahame to make it 5-2.
Rastislav Stana replaced Kolzig in the third period, but the offensive play bogged down and neither team was able to score. Stana halted all seven shots he faced.
St. Louis' goal was his eighth career short-handed tally. It was the first against the Caps this year...Lang has tallied seven goals and seven assists during an eight-game points streak... The Capitals defeated the Lightning, 5-1, in Tampa on November 4 to hand them their first loss of the season...Tampa was 1-for-4 on the power play and Washington was 0-for-5.
11/14 22:12:11 ET