Capitals at Lightning
The Washington Capitals finally have a winning streak after sweeping a home-and-home set with Florida. Two-time Hart Trophy winner Alex Ovechkin will attempt to score a goal for the fourth game in a row and help the Capitals win their third straight when they visit the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday. The Capitals look to build on the emotion of scoring twice in the final 5:07 of regulation before winning 6-5 in overtime on Tuesday for their first road victory. Washington still resides at the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings.
The Lightning netted three goals in the final 5:56 of regulation before losing 4-3 in the shootout to Montreal on Tuesday, gaining their first point in five games and perhaps the spark they needed. Tampa Bay posted a 6-3 triumph over the Capitals in the season opener at home, where it is 5-1-1 overall.
TV: 7:30 p.m. ET, NHL Network, CSN (Washington), SunSports (Tampa).
ABOUT THE CAPITALS (4-8-1): Washington has picked it up on the power play the last five games, converting on seven of 14 opportunities - including two of three in the victory on Tuesday. Ovechkin has scored two of those goals with the man advantage in the last three and has a five-game point streak. Leading scorer Mike Ribeiro also has points in five consecutive games, including four goals - three on the power play - and five assists. The Capitals were going to turn it around on offense, but they must improve on the other end to climb in the East. Washington was 28th in goals against (3.54) through Tuesday.
ABOUT THE LIGHTNING (6-5-1): Tampa Bay D Victor Hedman has played at an all-star level much of the season, recording four goals and as many assists with a plus-10. The 22-year-old Swede registered the first career two-goal game on Tuesday and the Lightning defense has recorded 11 overall. Tampa Bay’s forwards must get going. Reigning Rocket Richard Trophy winner Steven Stamkos has one point in four games and Martin St. Louis has 14 assists, but has gone 10 games without a goal. Anders Lindback made several highlight-reel saves against Montreal and is expected back in net against the Capitals.
1. Tampa Bay has scored 22 goals in the third period, six more than any team in the NHL.
2. Veteran LW Jason Chimera was minus-3 on Tuesday and played a season-low 5:43 for Washington.
3. The Lightning lead the league in scoring, but stand 25th in shots on goal (26.5).
Lightning 5, Capitals 2.