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game recap

Lightning 7, Capitals 4

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 5:15 AM

Peter Pupello - Lightning Beat Reporter

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Lightning 7, Capitals 4
Washington Capitals 4, Tampa Bay Lightning 7

With just 44 goals allowed at home within the confines of the St. Pete Times Forum, the Lightning’s league-best mark served as a reward for keeping pucks out of the net.

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But inside the same building against the division rival Capitals on Tuesday, the Bolts had no trouble putting them in.

Tampa Bay set a season-high mark of seven goals, including a season-best four in the opening period and four on the power play, as it won for the sixth time in its last eight games.

Steven Stamkos tied a career-high three points for the second time in three games and scored twice on the power play, while Martin St. Louis tied his season-high point streak at 11 games with his 250th career goal and two assists.

“It was definitely exciting for everyone who got a chance to see that. Lots of goals, lots of feistiness, lots of hits and fights…it was a good effort for us tonight,” Stamkos said. “We’ll take the win, especially against those guys.”

Stamkos’ performance moved him into fifth place among the league’s leading goal scorers.

Brandon Bochenski also recorded a career-high three assists for Tampa Bay, who snapped Washington’s three-game win streak. After being recalled from Norfolk of the AHL on Jan. 2, Bochenski has four helpers in his last three games.

Goaltender Mike Smith made six stops on seven shots before a collision in the crease caused him to leave the game at the end of the first period. He was replaced by Antero Niittymaki who improved his career record to 6-2-0 against Washington, making 22 stops of 24 shots.

Washington goalie Michal Neuvirth, who allowed four goals on 15 shots, was pulled after the first period.

“We weren’t ready for tonight. We didn’t play the way we were supposed to play,” Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin said. “I thought we played too casual and tried to be too cute in the first period and it cost us four goals. We didn’t play our game.”

A pair of goals by Stamkos and one each from Vincent Lecavalier and Stephane Veilleux gave the Lightning a 4-1 lead at the first intermission after Alexander Semin put the Capitals on the board at 14:05.

Washington countered with three goals in the middle frame from Eric Fehr and Mike Green, who scored his second goal of the period on the power play to tie the game at 12:08. St. Louis, however, recorded his 12th of the season with the man advantage to put Tampa Bay up 5-4 heading into the third and final period.

“You’ve got to give our guys credit. When they [Washington] tied it up, we could have wilted. With a 4-1 lead, they [Washington] came back, but we stayed strong and our power play came through for us tonight,” Lightning head coach Rick Tocchet said. “We went with two units, moved a couple of people around, and it made a big difference.”

“I thought the guys did a great job of realizing that it wasn’t over. Obviously they’re a pretty potent offensive team, so it was tough. They came back and made a game out of it, but the guys did a good job of refocusing and not getting too down, and we got some big goals,” Stamkos said.

Kurtis Foster regained the two-goal lead at the four-minute mark in the third and Jeff Halpern buried one in the back of the net on a 3-on-2 odd man rush to open the Bolts home stand with a win.

“Every game is important for us now,” Stamkos added. “The Eastern Conference is so tight that we can’t afford to lose lots of games, and especially against this team, it’s a big confidence booster.”

scoring summary
1st Period
06:34
TBL
Vincent Lecavalier (11) ASST: Alex Tanguay (17)
1 - 0 TBL
12:03
TBL
PPG - Steven Stamkos (24) ASST: Brandon Bochenski (2), Kurtis Foster (12)
2 - 0 TBL
14:05
WSH
Alexander Semin (19) ASST: Tomas Fleischmann (14), Jeff Schultz (12)
2 - 1 TBL
17:28
TBL
PPG - Steven Stamkos (25) ASST: Brandon Bochenski (3), Martin St. Louis (39)
3 - 1 TBL
18:35
TBL
Stephane Veilleux (2) ASST: NONE
4 - 1 TBL
2nd Period
01:34
WSH
PPG - Mike Green (11) ASST: Alexander Semin (20), Alex Ovechkin (28)
4 - 2 TBL
07:44
WSH
Eric Fehr (11) ASST: Brendan Morrison (17), Jason Chimera (11)
4 - 3 TBL
12:08
WSH
PPG - Mike Green (12) ASST: Nicklas Backstrom (33), Alex Ovechkin (29)
4 - 4 Tie
17:28
TBL
PPG - Martin St. Louis (12) ASST: Steven Stamkos (22), Brandon Bochenski (4)
5 - 4 TBL
3rd Period
04:00
TBL
Kurtis Foster (7) ASST: Victor Hedman (10), Martin St. Louis (40)
6 - 4 TBL
09:54
TBL
PPG - Jeff Halpern (8) ASST: Vincent Lecavalier (31), Alex Tanguay (18)
7 - 4 TBL
penalty summary
1st Period
10:39
WSH
Brooks Laich  Interference on goalkeeper against  Mike Smith
15:44
WSH
Tom Poti  Cross checking against  James Wright
2nd Period
00:34
TBL
Steve Downie  Slashing against  Nicklas Backstrom
11:03
TBL
Victor Hedman  Holding against  David Steckel
16:13
WSH
Brooks Laich  Tripping against  Stephane Veilleux
20:00
WSH
Jason Chimera  Hooking against  Andrej Meszaros
3rd Period
05:17
WSH
Nicklas Backstrom  Cross checking against  Zenon Konopka
08:12
WSH
Nicklas Backstrom  Boarding against  Steve Downie
11:51
WSH
Alex Ovechkin  Roughing against  Steve Downie
11:51
TBL
Steve Downie  Roughing against  Alex Ovechkin
14:00
TBL
Steve Downie  Misconduct (10 min)
14:00
TBL
Steve Downie  Fighting (maj) against  Matt Bradley
14:00
WSH
Matt Bradley  Misconduct (10 min)
14:00
WSH
Alex Ovechkin  Unsportsmanlike conduct against  Steve Downie
14:00
TBL
Steve Downie  Hooking against  Alex Ovechkin
14:00
WSH
Matt Bradley  Fighting (maj) against  Steve Downie
14:00
WSH
Matt Bradley  Instigator against  Steve Downie
16:17
WSH
David Steckel  Fighting (maj) against  Zenon Konopka
16:17
TBL
Zenon Konopka  Fighting (maj) against  David Steckel
16:50
TBL
Andrej Meszaros  Hooking against  Eric Fehr
18:26
TBL
Mattias Ohlund  Hi-sticking against  Nicklas Backstrom
19:23
WSH
Alex Ovechkin  Slashing against  Victor Hedman
goalie stats
Michal Neuvirth
Michal Neuvirth
SA: 15TOI: 20:00
Saves: 11EV: 6 - 8
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 7
SV%: .733SH: 0 - 0
Jose Theodore
Jose Theodore
10-7-4
SA: 21TOI: 39:57
Saves: 18EV: 7 - 8
PIM: 0PP: 11 - 13
SV%: .857SH: 0 - 0
Antero Niittymaki
SA: 24TOI: 33:06
Saves: 22EV: 13 - 14
PIM: 0PP: 7 - 8
SV%: .917SH: 2 - 2
Mike Smith
SA: 12TOI: 26:36
Saves: 10EV: 7 - 8
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 4
SV%: .833SH: 0 - 0