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The NHL’s oldest goaltender is performing at a level reminiscent of an upstart rookie rather than a 41-year-old veteran.
Dwayne Roloson made 23 saves in his home debut and the Tampa Bay Lightning won for the third straight time at home Wednesday night with a 3-0 shutout over the division-rival Washington Capitals.
The whitewash was the Tampa Bay net minder’s second in as many games against the Capitals in a seven-day span after he shut down Washington with a 1-0 blanking at the Verizon Center on Jan. 4.
“The result is the same, but at the same time you have to give my teammates a lot of credit, from our defensive core to our forwards,” Roloson said. “They played unreal and allowed me to see probably 99 percent of the shots.”
Semyon Varlamov finished with 35 saves for the Capitals. Washington is 6-1-3 over its past 10 games.
Moore opened scoring with a put-back in-close at 3:58 in the first to put Tampa Bay up 1-0. Bergenheim’s eighth of the season increased the lead with four minutes left. He batted the puck out of mid-air after finding a deflection in front from Victor Hedman’s slap shot off the post.
“I think offensively we played a very solid game,” Head Coach Guy Boucher said. “We were a lot more aggressive on the forecheck, a lot more aggressive on the puck and I think we did a great job of putting a lot of pressure in front of their net.”
Tampa Bay has won seven of the last eight at home and improved its record at the St. Pete Times Forum to an NHL-best 13-3-2.
The Lightning went up 3-0 on Simon Gagne’s breakaway at 18:18 of the second period. With Bergenheim on his right side and Varlamov anticipating a pass, Gagne flipped a wrist shot into the top corner to beat the Washington net minder’s glove.
“I felt so bad for him because about a week and a half ago, you could see his game level go way up,” Boucher added. “He’s been getting so many scoring chances and he’s been driving so hard, but it just wasn’t amounting to points. That can be hard for a guy that usually gets some.”
Washington went scoreless on the man advantage and has converted just three of its last 36 opportunities.
Tampa Bay defenseman Mattias Ohlund was penalized for cross-checking Washington star Alex Ovechkin with 7:08 to go in the first. Ovechkin ended the Capitals’ second and final power play of the game after 22 seconds when he received a slashing penalty. He has 15 goals through the first 44 games, the lowest total of his career to start a season.
“It’s tough when you have a team that is used to scoring,” Capitals Head Coach Bruce Boudreau said. “There are a lot of guys used to scoring a lot of goals and being at the top of a lot of categories. When they’re not scoring, they get frustrated.”
Tampa Bay’s victory marked its fifth straight over a Southeast opponent, dating back to Dec. 15.
“I think our team is maturing,” Ohlund said. “We’ve got a ways to go, but I think we’re getting better. This is a great team to be a part of.”
|Dominic Moore (8) Wrist shot - ASST: Nate Thompson (10), Dwayne Roloson (2)|
1 - 0 TBL
|Sean Bergenheim (8) Tip-in - ASST: Victor Hedman (13), Steve Downie (14)|
2 - 0 TBL
|Simon Gagne (4) Wrist shot - ASST: Sean Bergenheim (10), Vincent Lecavalier (12)|
3 - 0 TBL
|Mike Green Hooking against Nate Thompson|
|Victor Hedman Interference against Jason Chimera|
|Mattias Ohlund Cross checking against Alex Ovechkin|
|Alex Ovechkin Slashing against Randy Jones|
|Jay Beagle Roughing against Ryan Malone|
|Ryan Malone Roughing against Jay Beagle|
|Scott Hannan Roughing against Steve Downie|
|Scott Hannan Roughing against Steve Downie|
|Steve Downie Roughing against Scott Hannan|
|Brooks Laich Roughing against Dominic Moore|
|John Carlson Kneeing against Sean Bergenheim|
|Jay Beagle Too many men/ice - bench|
|SA: 38||TOI: 60:00|
|Saves: 35||EV: 27 - 30|
|PIM: 0||PP: 8 - 8|
|SV%: .921||SH: 0 - 0|
|SA: 23||TOI: 60:00|
|Saves: 23||EV: 19 - 19|
|PIM: 0||PP: 4 - 4|
|SV%: 1.000||SH: 0 - 0|
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