NHL Game Summary - Tampa Bay at Washington
(Saturday, October 21st)
Final Score: Tampa Bay 6, Washington 4
Washington, DC (Sports Network) - Nikita Alexeev scored a pair of goals for a career-high five-game points streak to lead the Tampa Bay Lightning over the Washington Capitals, 6-4, at the Verizon Center.
Vincent Lecavalier, Martin St. Louis, Andreas Karlsson and Brad Richards also scored for the Lightning, who have won three of four and notched a season high in goals scored despite playing without injured center and leading goal-scorer Ryan Craig. Marc Denis stopped 29-of-33 shots.
Alexander Ovechkin scored a pair of goals for the Capitals, who lost their second straight. Mike Green and Brian Sutherby also scored and Alexander Semin added a pair of assists. Olaf Kolzig also blocked 29 shots.
Lecavalier scored a shorthanded slap shot 5:51 into the first. Less than a minute later, Ovechkin tied the score, 1-1, on a backhander on the power play.
Green scored on a slap shot 16:07 into the first for a 2-1 Washington lead heading into the first intermission.
"It hurt our chances to win when they had a lead going into the second period," Washington coach Glen Hanlon said.
Tampa Bay scored two straight goals to take the lead 3:32 into the second. St. Louis scored on a short wraparound slap shot 3:10 into the period and Alexeev blasted a slap shot from the top of the right circle glove side just 22 seconds later.
The Lightning added to their lead, 4-2, when Karlsson slipped in a tip-in with a tick under a minute left in the second. Alexeev also tipped in a score, 9:04 into the third on the power play for a 5-2 Lightning lead.
Sutherby scored a slap shot from the point as he lifted the puck just past the netminder's shoulder 12:38 into the third, but Richards scored a wrister unassisted 39 seconds later for a 6-3 Tampa lead.
Ovechkin scored with just under four minutes left to play when he tipped in a shot on the power play for the final margin.
Tampa finished 1-for-7 on the power play, while Washington was 2-for-3.
Craig suffered a sprained right knee in Thursday's 4-1 victory over Philadelphia...Tampa Bay and Washington each won four games in the 2005-06 season series. The Lightning have won eight of the last 12 meetings, but have lost three of their last five at Washington.
10/21 23:53:50 ET