NHL Game Summary - Tampa Bay at Washington
(Saturday, November 10th)
Final Score: Tampa Bay 5, Washington 2
Washington, DC (Sports Network) - Vinnie Prospal scored a goal and added two assists as the Tampa Bay Lightning defeated the Washington Capitals, 5-2, at Verizon Center.
Martin St. Louis chipped in with a goal and a helper and Vincent Lecavalier added a pair of assists for the Lightning, who have won three straight contests. Filip Kuba, Ryan Craig and Paul Ranger also scored in the win.
Johan Holmqvist stopped 23-of-25 shots for Tampa Bay, which will host the Carolina Panthers on Wednesday night.
Alexander Ovechkin and Tomas Fleischmann tallied for the Capitals, who have dropped five of their last six.
Olaf Kolzig made 29 saves in defeat for Washington, which will play at the Florida Panthers on Thursday night.
After a scoreless first period, the Lightning got on the board with 7:30 left in the second stanza while on the power play. With Nicklas Backstrom off serving a minor for holding the stick, Tampa Bay went to work. Lecavalier won a right circle faceoff and drew back to the right point to Kuba, who one timed a slap shot beating Kolzig high to the glove side, giving the Bolts the early advantage.
"Getting that first goal was important," Lightning head coach John Tortorella said. "You can tell how that game was going, how both teams were playing strong. It was important to get that first goal."
Washington managed to tie the contest at 1-1 with 1:40 left in the frame, however. Mike Green skated the puck down the right side and into the Tampa zone, made a nice inside-out move on the defenseman and slid a backhand pass over to Ovechkin, who burried it to even the score heading into the second intermission.
Tampa came out in the third and lit the lamp 1:29 into the frame. Lecavalier's shot from the inside the right circle went off the blocker of Kolzig, but Proposal, who was driving for the net, deposited the puck into the open cage to put the Lightning up 2-1. The Bolts tallied again a little less a minute later when St. Louis's wrist shot from the right circle beat Kolzig for a two- goal cushion.
The Lightning then struck for a power play tally with 7:38 remaining with Green in the box serving a double-minor for high sticking Jan Hlavac. Craig, parked in front of the Washington net, tipped home Prospal's shot from the right point to make it a 4-1 game.
Fleischmann got one back for the Caps with 4:34 to play. Washington then pulled Kolzig in favor of the extra attacker late in the contest, but were unable to get any closer, while Ranger scored into the empty net with 21 seconds left to account for the 5-2 final.
Attendance was 14,617...Tampa Bay finished 2-for-4 on the power play, while the Caps were 0-for-2...The Lightning have won six of their last eight versus Washington.
11/10 23:43:42 ET