NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
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
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
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
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
Washington will visit Florida on Thursday.
The Lightning went 4-2 against the Capitals in 2003-04.
10/16 10:23:58 ET