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29-41-12
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game recap

Capitals 4, Lightning 3, SO

Tuesday, 06.19.2012 / 2:22 AM

Associated Press

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Capitals 4, Lightning 3, SO
Tampa Bay Lightning 3, Washington Capitals 4

WASHINGTON (AP) - First, Alexander Ovechkin rescued the Washington Capitals from a seemingly inevitable loss with a marvelous goal late in regulation.

Then, during the shootout, the rookie made sure his heroic performance wouldn't go for naught.

Ovechkin forced overtime by scoring with 1:15 left, then got the only goal in a shootout to rally the Capitals past the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-3 Tuesday night.

The Capitals trailed by two goals with 11 minutes left and 3-2 late in regulation until Ovechkin took a lead pass from Jeff Halpern and skated into the Tampa Bay zone against two defensemen. He cut to his left and, despite being pressured by Cory Sarich, pushed a backhander past Sean Burke to tie it.

Besides beating both defenders, Ovechkin had to contend with the sloppy ice as he headed toward the net.

"I was lucky," he said. "The (ice) was no good and I just shot it and I score."

The goal ruined an otherwise fine effort by the 38-year-old Burke, who finished with 37 saves in a rare start.

"(Ovechkin) lost the puck for a split second. I committed a touch too soon and I tried to recover, but he shot it," Burke said. "I maybe wasn't as patient as I'd like to be on that play, but I didn't think he was going to be able to recover and come back and shoot."

Add Burke to the rapidly expanding list of players to come away amazed by the play of the talented Russian.

"There's not a lot of players in the league that will challenge guys 1-on-2 and make a play like that," he said. "He has no fear. He goes at everybody and challenges them."

Washington goaltender Brent Johnson, playing in place of injured Olaf Kolzig, had 32 saves and was perfect in the shootout.

After Johnson began the shootout by stopping Vincent Lecavalier with a kick save, Ovechkin scored on a rising wrist shot.

"When I sit on the bench, I know what I must do," said Ovechkin, who is an NHL-best 3-for-3 in shootouts.

Vaclav Prospal then had his shot blocked by Johnson's left leg, and Brian Willsie misfired for the Capitals before Johnson clinched the victory - and his first win of the season - by poking away the puck from Pavel Kubina on Tampa Bay's final attempt.

It was the second time this season the Capitals and Lightning played to a shootout. Washington won the first one, 3-2.

Ovechkin, who was held scoreless until his late surge, now has 14 goals and 19 points in 18 games.

Ben Clymer and Bryan Muir also scored for the Capitals, who ended a three-game skid. All seven of Washington's wins this season have been by one goal.

Fredrik Modin had two goals for the Lightning, Rusian Fedotenko got his fourth of the season and Prospal had an assist to extend his point-scoring streak to 11 games. The Lightning have lost five straight on the road and seven of eight overall.

They're also 0-3 in shootouts.

"I don't like shootouts," coach John Tortorella said, "but it's a very important part of the game right now. We've got some quality people, but we've done absolutely nothing in the shootout."

Tampa Bay scored twice in a 1:36 span to take a 2-0 lead in the second period. After Modin deflected a shot by Kubina past Johnson's left shoulder, Prospal charged the net under pressure and got the puck to Fedotenko, who flipped a backhander into the net.

Burke stopped the first 17 shots he faced until Clymer slammed in the rebound of a try by Halpern with 1:51 left in the period.

Modin's second goal, his ninth of the season, made it 3-1 with 13:31 left in regulation. The goal came on the rebound of a shot by Brad Richards, who earned his 15th assist.

Muir began Washington's comeback with a power-play goal to make it 3-2 with 10:51 to go.

Notes: The Lightning dropped to 1-1 without star winger Martin St. Louis, who's out two to four weeks with a fractured finger. ... Kolzig could return Thursday vs Buffalo. The Capitals also scratched RW Dainus Zubrus (groin).

scoring summary
1st Period
NONE
2nd Period
04:32
TBL
Freddy Modin (8) Tip-in - ASST: Pavel Kubina (10)
1 - 0 TBL
06:08
TBL
Ruslan Fedotenko (4) Wrist shot - ASST: Vinny Prospal (16)
2 - 0 TBL
18:09
WSH
Ben Clymer (2) Wrist shot - ASST: Jeff Halpern (9), Steve Eminger (10)
2 - 1 TBL
3rd Period
06:29
TBL
Freddy Modin (9) Wrist shot - ASST: Brad Richards (15), Dan Boyle (7)
3 - 1 TBL
09:09
WSH
PPG - Bryan Muir (3) Slapshot - ASST: Andrew Cassels (3), Brian Willsie (6)
3 - 2 TBL
18:45
WSH
Alex Ovechkin (14) Backhand shot - ASST: Jeff Halpern (10), Andrew Cassels (4)
3 - 3 Tie
OT Period
NONE
Shootout
RNDTBLWSHTOTAL
1V. Lecavalier
A. Ovechkin
0 - 1
2V. Prospal
B. Willsie
0 - 1
3P. Kubina
0 - 1
penalty summary
1st Period
05:26
WSH
Brian Willsie  Boarding against  Cory Sarich
10:55
TBL
Cory Sarich  Tripping against  Tomas Fleischmann
16:36
WSH
Andrew Cassels  Too many men/ice - bench
19:25
TBL
Evgeny Artyukhin  Tripping against  Shaone Morrisonn
2nd Period
07:22
TBL
Martin Cibak  Holding the stick
3rd Period
08:23
TBL
Pavel Kubina  Tripping against  Brian Willsie
19:45
TBL
Freddy Modin  Holding
OT Period
03:19
WSH
Steve Eminger  Tripping against  Pavel Kubina
04:57
WSH
Brent Johnson  Hi-sticking
goalie stats
Sean Burke
SA: 40TOI: 65:00
Saves: 37EV: 30 - 32
PIM: 0PP: 7 - 8
SV%: .925SH: 0 - 0
Brent Johnson
Brent Johnson
SA: 35TOI: 65:00
Saves: 32EV: 20 - 23
PIM: 2PP: 10 - 10
SV%: .914SH: 2 - 2