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Fehr Has 2 Goals, Caps Hold On Against Lightning

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TAMPA, Fla. — Eric Fehr scored two goals, Mathieu Perreault had three assists, and the Washington Capitals won their third straight game by beating the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-3 on Thursday.

Troy Brouwer and Jay Beagle had the other Washington goals.

Martin St. Louis, Teddy Purcell and Nate Thompson scored for the Lightning, who have lost six in a row (0-5-1). Tampa Bay backup goalie Mathieu Garon got the start in place of Anders Lindback, who is ill. Garon finished with 35 saves.

Washington took a 2-1 lead on Fehr’s in-close goal at 5:09 of the second. It was his 100th career point.

Fehr made it 3-1 on a slap shot from the top of the right circle 2:22 into the third. All three of his goals this season have come over the past two games.

Beagle extended the Washington advantage to 4-1 when he scored while lying on the ice during a goalmouth scramble at 7:29 of the third. It was his first goal in 15 games.

After Purcell scored at 12:02, Thompson’s breakaway goal cut the Lightning deficit to 4-3 with 3:13 left. Tampa Bay scored three third-period goals in a 4-3 shootout loss to Montreal on Tuesday night.

Brouwer put the Capitals up 1-0 from the slot during a power play 2:40 into the game. He has a goal in three consecutive games.

St. Louis stopped a 10-game goal drought when he jammed a rebound past goalie Braden Holtby at 8:23 of the first. The right wing, who has 26 goals and 73 points in 70 games against Washington, hit the post early in the second.

Holtby finished 27 saves.

Notes: Washington C Nicklas Backstrom had an assist, giving him 24 assists and 29 points in 30 games against the Lightning. … Tampa Bay acquired Cedrick Desjardins from Montreal for Dustin Tokarski in a swap of minor league goalies. … Washington D John Carlson played in 200th NHL game, making him the 11th player from the 2008 draft class to reach the milestone. He picked up an assist. … The Lightning assigned LW Pierre-Cedric Labrie and D Brendan Mikkelson to Syracuse of the AHL for conditioning assignments.

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