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Tampa Bay at Washington

Lightning hand Caps first loss at home in 6-4 final

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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WASHINGTON -- Two days after losing high-scoring center Ryan Craig to an injury, the Tampa Bay Lightning showed that they still have plenty of offensive threats.

Martin St. Louis and Nikita Alexeev scored 22 seconds apart during a three-goal second period that carried the Lightning past the Washington Capitals 6-4 on Saturday night.

"We've worked so hard, the guys have been squeezing the sticks so much, that eventually goals were going to come out," said goaltender Marc Denis.

Alexeev had two goals and Vincent Lecavalier, Andreas Karlsson and Brad Richards also scored for Tampa Bay, which has won three of four. The six goals are the most scored by the Lightning this year.

Alexander Semin, Mike Green, Brian Sutherby and Alex Ovechkin scored for the Capitals, who had claimed points in five straight games. Washington had been unbeaten (2-0-1) at home.

Playing their first game without Craig, the Lightning spread out the offense. Craig, who had a team-high five goals, sustained a sprained right knee in Thursday's game against Philadelphia and will miss four weeks.

"I don't see who is out," Alexeev said. "I just go out there and perform my best."

"(Craig) had a great start and we're going to miss him," Richards added. "But we also know that during that start, we weren't firing on all cylinders. We have other players to step up. Other players did step up tonight and we've got to fill that role."

Trailing 2-1 early in the second period, Tampa Bay took control on goals by St. Louis and Alexeev.

St. Louis had his second goal of the season on a wraparound, scoring at 3:10. Just 22 seconds later, Alexeev put the Lightning up 3-2, whistling a wrist shot from center point past Olie Kolzig.

After failing on three consecutive power plays midway through the second, Tampa Bay went ahead by two goals at 19:01, when Karlsson tapped in the rebound of Dmitry Afanasenkov's shot.

Bad penalties and costly turnovers thwarted Washington from establishing any offensive momentum in the middle period.

"We had too many turnovers and they're an offensive team with a lot of firepower," Sutherby said. "We turned a few too many pucks over and they were all over our net."

The Lightning took a 1-0 lead 5:51 into the game on a short-handed goal by Lecavalier, who converted a long, lead pass from Nolan Pratt. Semin tied it 48 seconds later bulling through three defenders before pushing the puck into the goal.

At 16:07, Green surprised Tampa Bay goalie Marc Denis with a knuckling drive from the top of the slot, giving the Capitals a 2-1 lead.

Midway through the third period, Alexeev scored his second goal, tipping in Dan Boyle's shot to make it 5-2.

Sutherby struck with 7:22 left, his first goal of the year, but 29 seconds later, Richards beat Washington's Ben Clymer to a loose puck along the boards and restored Tampa Bay's three-goal lead.

Ovechkin converted on a power play at the left post with 3:57 to go.

Notes

  • C Alexeev has points in five straight games, a career high.
  • RW Boyd Gordon and D Bryan Muir were healthy scratches for the Capitals.
  • Semin, who has eight goals in seven games, is the quickest Capital to score eight goals in team history.
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Alexander Ovechkin puts the move on Marc Denis, but the goalie gets the W in the end.  (Getty Images)
Alexander Ovechkin puts the move on Marc Denis, but the goalie gets the W in the end. (Getty Images)
Scoreboard
Tampa Bay  (4-4-0) «1326
Washington (2-2-3)2024
Three Stars
N. Alexeev
TB


Goals: 2
Assist(s): 0
D. Boyle
TB


Goals: 0
Assist(s): 1
B. Sutherby
WAS


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 0

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Scoring Summary
1ST PERIOD
05:51Short - Vincent Lecavalier (3), Wrist Shot - Assists: Nolan Pratt, Martin St. Louis
06:39Power Play - Alexander Semin (8), Tip-In - Assists: Brian Pothier, Olaf Kolzig
16:07Mike Green, Slap Shot - Assist: Dainius Zubrus
2ND PERIOD
03:10Martin St. Louis (2), Wrap Shot - Assists: Nick Tarnasky, Tim Taylor
03:32Nikita Alexeev (3), Slap Shot - Assists: Paul Ranger, Ruslan Fedotenko
19:01Andreas Karlsson, Snap Shot - Assist: Dmitry Afanasenkov
3RD PERIOD
09:04Power Play - Nikita Alexeev (4), Tip-In - Assists: Dan Boyle, Brad Richards
12:38Brian Sutherby, Snap Shot - Assists: Brian Pothier, Matt Bradley
13:17Brad Richards, Snap Shot - Unassisted.
16:03Power Play - Alex Ovechkin (4), Snap Shot - Assists: Richard Zednik, Alexander Semin
Penalty Summary
1ST PERIOD
04:03Tarnasky: Delaying Game - 2 min.
06:18Tarnasky: Hooking - 2 min.
07:25Zubrus: Boarding - 2 min.
13:36Klepis: Hooking - 2 min.
18:04Pothier: Interference with goal tender. - 2 min.
2ND PERIOD
09:21Zubrus: Holding - 2 min.
12:01Heward: Hooking - 2 min.
16:03Sutherby: Tripping - 2 min.
3RD PERIOD
07:40Clymer: Hooking - 2 min.
14:46Taylor: Tripping - 2 min.
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Tampa Bay14111035
Washington1091534
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GoalieMINSSGA
Marc Denis60:00294
Olaf Kolzig58:40296
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Referees - Mike Hasenfratz, Wes McCauley
Linesmen - Brad Kovachik, Mark Pare
 
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