NHL Game Summary - Tampa Bay at Washington
(Tuesday, November 15th)
Final Score: Washington 4, Tampa Bay 3 (SO)
Washington, DC (Sports Network) - Alexander Ovechkin scored to send the game into overtime, then scored the only goal in the shootout, as the Washington Capitals rallied to beat the Tampa Bay Lightning, 4-3, at the MCI Center.
Ovechkin, the first skater in the shootout, beat Sean Burke high on the glove side and Brent Johnson stopped all three shots he faced as the Capitals ended their three game losing streak.
Ben Clymer and Bryan Muir also scored for Washington and Johnson made 32 saves, including five stops in overtime.
Fredrik Modin had two goals and Ruslan Fedotenko also scored for the Lightning, who have lost seven of their last eight games. Vaclav Prospal picked up an assist in the loss and extended his career-best points streak to 11 games.
Burke had 37 saves for Tampa Bay.
With Tampa Bay leading 3-1 in the third period, the Capitals made it a one- goal game 9:09 into the frame. Muir fired a one-timer from the slot off an Andrew Cassels feed that beat Burke high
Ovechkin then tied things up with only 1:15 to play. The rookie phenom took control of the puck in the neutral zone and darted into the Tampa Bay zone, skated around defenseman Cory Sarich, and shelved a backhand shot over Burke's right shoulder, to send the game into overtime. It was his 14th goal of the season.
Neither team was able to get any quality scoring chances in the extra session.
After Ovechkin's shootout goal, Johnson would stop Tampa's last shooter, Pavel Kubina, with a nifty poke check to lock up the win for the Caps.
The Lightning opened the game's scoring early in the second by scoring two goals separated by less than two minutes.
Kubina let go a wrist shot from the right boards that Modin deflected past Johnson at the 4:32 mark giving Tampa Bay the 1-0 lead. The goal was his eighth of the season.
Fedotenko scored his fourth of the season putting the Lightning up 2-0 at 6:08. Prospal skated towards the goal and was stopped by Johnson in tight, but Fedotenko followed the play up and sent the loose puck past him.
Washington got on the board late in the second after Clymer scored with only 1:51 to go. Jeff Halpern blasted a shot from the left circle that Burke stopped, but Clymer backhanded the rebound home.
Modin gave the Lightning a 3-1 lead at 6:29 of the third period. Brad Richards unleashed a wrist shot that Johnson made a stick save on, but Modin hacked away at the rebound and knocked the puck past Johnson for his second goal of the game.
Tampa Bay is now 1-7 in the month of November...Washington now leads the season series 2-1...The Lightning were 0-for-4 on the power play and the Capitals were 1-for-5 with the extra skater.
11/15 22:22:03 ET