NHL Game Summary - Washington at Tampa Bay
(Saturday, February 16th)
Final Score: Washington 3, Tampa Bay 2
Tampa, FL (Sports Network) - Alexander Semin netted the game-winning goal in a wild finish as Washington rallied past Tampa Bay, 3-2, at St. Pete Times Forum.
Semin added an assist, while Tomas Fleischmann and David Steckel also scored for the Capitals, who put the brakes on a two-game skid. Olaf Kolzig stopped 39-of-41 shots in the victory.
Vincent Lecavalier and Jan Hlavac tallied for the Lightning, who had won four of five coming in and were looking to close the gap in the crowded Southeast Division. Johan Holmqvist made 32 saves in defeat.
With his club already up 1-0 heading to the third period, Steckel provided some insurance when he notched his fifth of the season with 6:08 left, making it a 2-0 game.
That only served as the precursor to a wild finish, as the Lightning finally jumped on the board with just 4:11 remaining. Vaclav Prospal sent a shot from a hard angle that was deflected home by Lecavalier.
Then, just 33 seconds later, Tampa Bay struck again when Hlavac's long wrister sailed past Kolzig to make it a 2-2 game.
Though momentarily stunned, Washington needed just 38 seconds to net the game- winner, as Semin pounced on a rebound and knocked it into a wide-open net at the 17:00 mark.
The Lightning couldn't net the equalizer, as their momentum fizzled out in the waning moments.
The Caps used a power play to their advantage, and tallied the only goal of the first period with 3:48 left. Semin helped the play along when he threaded a feed just above the rim of the crease, and Fleischmann was able to backhand it past Holmqvist from the right side.
Washington's Alex Ovechkin was held off the scoresheet, and has now gone pointless in consecutive contests for the first time since November 5-6...The Caps are 4-2-0 this season against the Lightning, winning the last three by 3-2 scores...Lecavalier extended his point streak to six games (2G, 6A). He has five goals and five assists in six games versus Washington this season.
02/16 22:20:31 ET