NHL Game Summary - Tampa Bay at Washington
(Tuesday, February 3rd)
Final Score: Washington 2, Tampa Bay 1
Washington, DC (Sports Network) - Anson Carter finished with a goal and an assist and Maxime Ouellet made 38 saves to lead Washington to a 2-1 win over Tampa Bay at the MCI Center.
Jeff Halpern scored for the Capitals, who won for the third time in four games overall and snapped a three-game home losing streak.
Vincent Lecavalier scored for the Lightning, who had their six-game winning streak snapped and failed to earn a point for the first time in nine games (6-0-0-2). Nikolai Khabibulin stopped just 12 shots in the loss.
"This isn't a feel-good thing. We won a few games and you feel good about it, so you lose one and it's OK?" Tampa head coach John Tortorella asked rhetorically. "It isn't OK."
The Capitals took a 1-0 lead on Halpern's 10th goal of the season 5:31 into the first period as he scored on a wrist shot.
Despite being down 1-0, Tampa Bay dominated the first by holding a 13-6 shot advantage.
Carter's 11th goal of the season, a wrist shot from the right faceoff circle, put Washington ahead 2-0 with 9:12 left in the second period. The goal was Carter's first since returning to the Capitals in the January 23rd trade that sent Jaromir Jagr to the New York Rangers.
"I've got a lot of pride, and I want to come here and help the Caps get back in the playoffs," Carter said. "Just because you get traded for a guy making a lot of money doesn't mean you're going to forfeit anything."
Ouellet, recalled from Portland of the AHL on Monday, made 16 saves in the second period to maintain Washington's lead.
Lecavalier's tip-in goal, with 7:48 remaining in the third period, pulled the Lightning within 2-1.
Tampa Bay, though, which held a 10-1 shot advantage in the third and 39-14 overall, couldn't beat Ouellet in the final minutes to force overtime.
Before the game the Capitals placed defenseman Sergei Gonchar on injured reserve with a shoulder injury...Tampa Bay's Martin St. Louis had his consecutive point streak end at 10 games...Robert Lang extended his point streak to four games for the Capitals with an assist on Carter's goal.
02/04 00:27:00 ET