NHL Game Summary - Washington at Tampa Bay
(Thursday, March 23rd)
Final Score: Tampa Bay 4, Washington 3 (OT)
Tampa, FL (Sports Network) - Pavel Kubina scored the game-winner just 37 seconds into overtime, as Tampa Bay defeated Washington, 4-3, at the St. Pete Times Forum.
Ruslan Fedotenko had a goal and an assist for the Lightning, who moved two points ahead of New Jersey for the sixth playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
"If we get in (to the playoffs), we'll be a dangerous team," said Tampa Bay head coach John Tortorella. "But we have a lot of work to do on the little things."
Vincent Lecavalier scored his 33rd goal of the season, tying the game in the third period, while Brad Richards added three assists. John Grahame recorded 27 saves.
Alexander Ovechkin scored two goals and tallied an assist for the Capitals, who lost their eighth straight game. Dainius Zubrus had two assists. Olaf Kolzig allowed four goals on 37 shots.
The Capitals held the lead twice in the final period, but were unable to hold on for the win.
Ivan Majesky was called for interference with 1:07 left in the third, and Tampa was able to take advantage as the power play carried into overtime. Just 37 seconds into the extra period, Richards fed the puck to Kubina, who fired a hard slap shot through a screened Kolzig for the game-winner.
Early in the third, Vinny Prospal and Ryan Craig were both called for penalties and Washington was able to take advantage of a brief 5-on-3 power play.
After winning a faceoff in Tampa's zone, Zubrus fed the puck to Ovechkin at the bottom of the left circle. Grahame managed to stop Ovechkin's initial shot, but Ovechkin pushed the rebound in front of the net, and as a scrum ensued, Matt Pettinger tapped in the puck to give the Capitals a one goal advantage just 4:30 into the final period.
The Lightning, though, tied it just 45 seconds later. Paul Ranger fired a routine shot from the top of the left circle, but Kolzig struggled to collect it, and Fedotenko stuffed the rebound five-hole for the equalizer.
Tampa then whiffed on a chance to clear the puck with 9:53 left, and the Capitals made them pay. Chris Clark quickly tapped the puck to Ovechkin, who fired a laser pass Grahame to give Washington the lead once again.
Shaone Morrisonn was then called for tripping and Tampa Bay quickly made Washington pay. Prospal fed the puck to Richards at the top of the left circle. Richards then fired the shot at the net and it appeared to deflect off Craig to tie the game once again with 7:14 remaining.
Washington struck first just five minutes into the first period when Ovechkin scored his first goal of the game off a nice feed from Morrisonn.
The Lightning tied the contest over six minutes later when Dan Boyle scored his 14th goal of the season.
Neither team scored in the second period, although Tampa gave Washington plenty of opportunities to score after taking five straight penalties for a total of eight power play minutes.
"That's the game, killing that off," added Tortorella.
Ovechkin has recorded nine points (five goals and four assists) in seven games against the Lightning...The Capitals have lost in five straight trips to Tampa...The Lightning will host the New York Rangers on Saturday...Washington will visit Carolina on Saturday to begin a two-game set in Raleigh.
03/23 23:09:04 ET