NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Saturday, February 28th
(All times eastern)
Washington Capitals (20-34-8-2) at Tampa Bay Lightning (34-17-7-5), 7:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Tampa Bay Lightning go for their fourth consecutive
victory this evening when they welcome the Washington Capitals to St. Pete
Brad Richards scored two goals and assisted on another to lead the Tampa Bay
Lightning to a 4-3 win over Toronto at the St. Pete Times Forum.
Pavel Kubina and Vincent Lecavalier each scored a goal for the Lightning, who
won their third straight and have picked up at least a point in five in a row.
Nikolai Khabibulin registered his 200th career win by stopping 19 of the 22
shots he faced.
Lecavalier put Tampa on top 4-2 6:11 into the third period, as he took a pass
from Fredrik Modin along the right boards and skated in front of the net where
he wristed a shot over goalie Mikael Tellqvist's glove.
Martin St. Louis had two assists to extend his point streak to 10 games (6g,
The Lightning, with 80 points, lead second-place Florida by 18 points in the
Southeast Division standings. Tampa is two points behind Ottawa for second
place in the East, and three back of Philadelphia for the conference lead.
The Bolts are 6-0-1 in their last seven home games. For the year, Tampa Bay is
17-7-4-2 in the friendly confines of the St. Pete Times Forum.
Washington continued to strip its franchise of veteran talent by trading
leading scorer Robert Lang to Detroit Friday. The Capitals received junior
prospect Tomas Fleischmann, a first-round pick in 2004 and a fourth-round
selection in 2006 from Detroit in the deal. Lang is tied for the NHL scoring
lead this season with 74 points.
Despite the void left by Lang's absence, the Capitals stopped a short two-game
skid with a 4-1 victory over the Florida Panthers last night. Kip Miller
scored the eventual game-winner with less than nine minutes remaining to lead
the Caps to the victory.
Washington peppered red hot Florida goaltender Roberto Luongo for four
unanswered third-period goals. Brian Willsie scored the Capitals' first goal
early in the third period, snapping Luongo's team-record shutout streak of 182
minutes and 37 seconds. Alexander Semin and Mike Grier scored the other
Olaf Kolzig made 28 saves in the winning effort. Kolzig pushed his season mark
between the pipes to 16-29-7.
Washington's Michael Nylander played his first game of the season after
recovering from a broken leg. Nylander recorded an assist and a +2 in the
The Capitals, which are making a quick two-game trip around the Sunshine
State, own a 10-18-3-1 mark in foreign buildings this season. Washington is
4-6-2-1 in its last 13 road tilts.
These teams have each won two games in the season series, but Washington is
13-4-1 in the last 18 matchups. The Caps have also won two of three and five
of eight (5-2-1) in Tampa.
02/28 10:09:41 ET