NHL Game Summary - Washington at Tampa Bay
(Saturday, February 28th)
Final Score: Tampa Bay 4, Washington 2
Tampa, FL (Sports Network) - Cory Stillman scored the game-winning tally with 3:29 left to lift the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 4-2 victory over the Washington Capitals at the St. Pete Times Forum.
Fredrik Modin scored twice, once off an assist by Stillman, as the Lightning pushed their win streak to four games. Nikolai Khabibulin turned aside 21 shots for the win while Martin St. Louis tallied an empty-net goal in the closing seconds.
Dainius Zubrus and Alexander Semin lit the lamp for the Capitals, who lost for the third time in four games (1-3-0). Sebastien Charpentier stopped 19 of the 22 shots he faced in the loss.
Stillman scored the game winner on a 2-on-1 break with Brad Richards. Richards blasted a slap shot that rang off the post. The puck caromed off of Stillman's chest and in as he crashed the net.
"We let them come back into the game," Modin said. "But we managed to come out on top."
St. Louis added the empty netter with just 11 ticks left, his 31st of the year, to put the exclamation point on the win. With the goal, St. Louis now has 75 points to lead the league in scoring. It marks the first time in franchise history that a Lightning player has been atop the scoring list.
"It was a tough ending." said Zubrus.
Modin staked the Lightning to a 2-0 first-period lead with two goals less than six minutes apart.
The first came just prior to the midway point of the stanza as Modin skated in from the right corner with the puck. He didn't have much to shoot at but he somehow squeezed one over Charpentier.
Modin's second of the night came with five minutes to play in the period. He fought off Washington's Brian Willsie in the left circle to retrieve a dump in. His first effort was denied by Charpentier but he kept swatting at the puck, eventually getting it by the netminder for his 21st of the season.
Charpentier thwarted Modin's early hat-trick bid in the final minute of the first, stoning him from point-blank range.
Washington got within one when Zubrus tallied his 12th of the campaign just past the midway point of the second with a beautiful spin move. Zubrus was streaking down the left side when he pulled up in the lower left circle. He then spun around on his backhand a threaded a shot through Khabibulin.
Semin knotted it up at 2-2 on a sharp-angle shot that Khabibulin should have had with 11:16 to play.
The game looked to be headed to overtime until Tampa Bay's odd-man rush netted the deciding marker.
St. Louis has notched a point in 11 straight games (7g, 13a)...The two-goal performance gave Modin five goals in five games against Washington this season...He also owns an seven-game point streak (4g, 9a), as does Richards (5g, 7a)...The Lightning finished 1-for-4 on the power play while the Caps were scoreless in three chances with the man advantage...Tampa Bay took a 3-2 lead in the season series.
02/28 23:45:30 ET