Tampa Bay at Washington

Semin's natural hat trick in second highlights blowout of Lightning

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports

WASHINGTON -- The struggling Washington Capitals looked more like a playoff team than the contending Tampa Bay Lightning on Sunday.

Alexander Semin got a natural hat trick in the second period to help the Capitals beat Tampa Bay 7-1.

Tomas Fleischmann added two goals and two assists for Washington, which won its second straight game. The Capitals hadn't won consecutive games since beating Atlanta and Philadelphia on Jan. 6 and 9 and broke a nine-game losing streak with Friday's win over Toronto.

"When you're slumping, sooner or later you're going to come out of it," Semin said. "The bad luck (has) ended now."

Boyd Gordon also scored for Washington and Alexandre Giroux got his second NHL goal. His first came in Friday's win.

The Capitals are 2-0-1 since goalie Olie Kolzig returned Thursday after missing 13 games with a knee injury. Kolzig made 30 saves against the Lightning.

"I've always said I try to lead by example," Kolzig said. "I don't do anything extra. I just go out there and play."

Filip Kuba scored for Tampa Bay, which is sixth in the Eastern Conference with 82 points.

"We didn't let it get away," Tampa Bay forward Brad Richards said. "We never really had it tonight. This is going to be forgotten as soon as we walk out of the dressing room. We realized what we did, and we cannot come out like that again."

An early Toronto miscue helped the Capitals take the lead Friday, and a Tampa Bay mistake gave Washington another first-period gift Sunday.

Defenseman Dan Boyle lost the puck near the blue line, and Fleischmann then beat goalie Johan Holmqvist near the left circle for a 1-0 lead at 5:31.

Fleischmann made it 2-0 with 6:20 left in the period on a long slap shot. Tampa Bay coach John Tortorella pulled Holmqvist for Marc Denis a few minutes later.

"Seems to me like everything was going my way tonight," Fleischmann said. "I try to take advantage of that. I want to prove I can play on this level."

Fleischmann was selected in the first round of the 2004 draft. He's been called up from Hershey four times this season and had just two assists in 14 NHL games before this year. He was Hershey's second-leading scorer but now has five points in 20 games with Washington this year -- all in the last two contests.

"That's what we were waiting for," Washington coach Glen Hanlon said. "(It was) certainly a good night for him. He's smart as a whip."

Semin scored on the first three Washington shots of the second period.

He scored a power-play goal at 1:14, converted a backhander at 6:45 and scored on a long wrist shot 8:18 into the period for a 5-0 lead. The fans then littered the ice with hats, and Tortorella put Holmqvist back in, but the damage was done.


  • Fleischmann also scored the final Washington goal in Friday's win over Toronto.
  • The Capitals have outscored opponents 6-0 in the first period of their last three games.
  • Tampa Bay had won five of the first six games with Washington this season.
  • Five of Kuba's 11 goals have come on the power play.
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The Caps' Alexander Semin celebrates his bountiful second with Alexander Ovechkin and Chris Clark.  (AP)
The Caps' Alexander Semin celebrates his bountiful second with Alexander Ovechkin and Chris Clark. (AP)
Tampa Bay (39-30-4)0101
Washington  (26-34-13) «2327
Three Stars
A. Semin

Goals: 3
Assist(s): 0
T. Fleischmann

Goals: 2
Assist(s): 2
O. Kolzig

Saves: 30
Save Pct.: .968

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Scoring Summary
05:31Tomas Fleischmann (3), Wrist Shot - Assist: Boyd Gordon
13:38Tomas Fleischmann (4), Slap Shot - Assists: Kris Beech, Milan Jurcina
01:14Power Play - Alexander Semin (36), Slap Shot - Assists: Chris Clark, Brian Pothier
06:45Alexander Semin (37), Backhand Shot - Assist: Tomas Fleischmann
08:18Alexander Semin (38), Snap Shot - Assists: Kris Beech, Matt Bradley
17:44Filip Kuba (11), Slap Shot - Assists: Doug Janik, Nick Tarnasky
10:34Alexandre Giroux (2), Snap Shot - Unassisted.
17:55Boyd Gordon (5), Slap Shot - Assists: Tomas Fleischmann, Shaone Morrisonn
Penalty Summary
10:30Eminger: Holding - 2 min.
00:37Perrin: Holding - 2 min.
11:34Pothier: Hooking - 2 min.
12:24Boyle: Holding - 2 min.
17:15Bradley: Fighting - 5 min.
17:15O'Brien: Fighting - 5 min.
03:12Clymer: Hooking - 2 min.
16:16Semin: Diving - 2 min.
16:16Sarich: Holding - 2 min.
Tampa Bay9111131
Marc Denis11:3923
Johan Holmqvist48:17204
Olaf Kolzig60:00301
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Referees - Greg Kimmerly, Don Van Massenhoven
Linesmen - Brad Kovachik, Jean Morin
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