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Sunday, October 16th (All times eastern)

Tampa Bay Lightning (3-2-1) at Washington Capitals (2-4-0), 6 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Tampa Bay Lightning seek their first winning streak of the young season this evening when they visit the Washington Capitals at the MCI Center.

The Bolts ended a two-game skid with Saturday's 3-1 victory over host Pittsburgh. Vincent Lecavalier had a goal and two assists to lead the winning effort.

Ruslan Fedotenko added a goal and an assist while Vaclav Prospal also tallied for the Lightning, whose other victories this season came against Carolina and Florida.

Sean Burke made 20 saves in the win.

Lecavalier is tied for the team lead with three goals, while Prospal tops the club with seven points (3g, 4a). Reigning Hart Trophy winner Martin St. Louis is off to a slow start, having tallied only one goal and one assist in the first six games.

The Bolts will finish a three-game road set Thursday in Atlanta.

Washington, meanwhile, is nursing a two-game losing streak. On Thursday the Caps dropped a 5-3 contest to the visiting NY Islanders. Matt Bradley had two goals and Steve Eminger had the other tally for the Capitals.

Rookie phenom Alexander Ovechkin had an assist and has found the scoresheet in all six games for Washington.

Backup goaltender Brent Johnson finished with 44 saves in his first start of the season for the Capitals.

Washington came into this season with an inexperienced defense corps, and that has been evident in the early going. The Caps are allowing an average of 5.16 goals per-game.

Washington will visit Florida on Thursday.

The Lightning went 4-2 against the Capitals in 2003-04.

10/16 10:23:58 ET

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