Despite OT Loss To Lightning, Caps Move Into First
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TAMPA, Fla. (CBSDC/AP) — Steven Stamkos scored his NHL-leading 33rd goal at 2:45 of overtime, giving the Tampa Bay Lightning a 4-3 victory over the Washington Capitals on Tuesday night.
Martin St. Louis had a second-period goal and assisted on the game-winner, sending a point-blank shot off goalie Tomas Vokoun’s pads and giving Stamkos an opportunity to tap in the rebound. The sequence began with Tampa Bay goalie Mathieu Garon stopping two shots at the other end of the ice.
Matt Hendricks, Mathieu Perreault and Troy Brouwer scored for the Capitals, who rallied from a two-goal deficit to force overtime despite playing without suspended star Alex Ovechkin.
Despite the loss, the Caps took over first place in the Southeast Division with a one-point advantage over second place Florida Panthers who were idle on Tuesday. The Panthers will host the Caps on Wednesday.
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