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Capitals 4, Lightning 3

Thursday, 02.14.2013 / 10:51 PM

Peter Pupello - Lightning Beat Reporter

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Capitals 4, Lightning 3
Washington Capitals 4, Tampa Bay Lightning 3
Three Stars of the Game
Eric Fehr
Eric Fehr
G: 2Shots: 2
A: 0Hits: 1
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 13:17
Mathieu Perreault
Mathieu Perreault
G: 0Shots: 1
A: 3Hits: 0
PTS: 3PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 11:46
Nate Thompson
Nate Thompson
G: 1Shots: 3
A: 0Hits: 3
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 15:51

Not even the energy of a fired up home sellout crowd of 19,204 could help overturn the Tampa Bay Lightning’s recent struggles.

Martin St. Louis, Teddy Purcell and Nate Thompson each had goals for Tampa Bay, and Mathieu Garon made 35 saves, but in a 4-3 loss to the Washington Capitals at the Tampa Bay Times Forum on Thursday night.

The loss brought the Lightning’s winless streak to a season-high six games, while Washington won its third straight.

Victor Hedman registered a +1 rating on the night along with two shots on goal.
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  • Benoit Pouliot now has seven points (2 goals, 5 assists) in his last eight games with an assist tonight on Martin St. Louis first period goal.
  • Teddy Purcell extended his point streak against the Capitals to six games dating back to last season with a goal in the third period.
  • Steven Stamkos now has registered six points (two goals, four assists) in his last three games against the Capitals.
  • Martin St. Louis had a goal and an assist tonight and now has 13 assists over the last 10 games.
  • With two goals in the third period, the Lightning have now scored 24 third period goals this season, ranking first in the NHL.

“It wasn’t a lack of focus or a lack of positive vibes or anything like that,” Lightning head coach Guy Boucher said. “You can’t go pointing fingers, it’s just the reality is you can’t re-create that sense of urgency at the beginning of the game at the end of the game. So, it’s tough.”

In similar fashion to Tuesday night’s valiant comeback effort that forced overtime and allowed the Bolts to collect a crucial standings point after erasing a three-goal deficit, it appeared that Tampa Bay was in a position to give an encore performance.

With the Capitals out to a commanding 4-1 lead with approximately eight minutes to play, Purcell cut the deficit to two after he threw a puck on net from the side of the cage at 12:02 of the final frame.

Thompson then beat Braden Holtby, who was out of position, just 4:45 later by making a nifty backhand move and converting on a breakaway to bring the Lightning to within one.

The Lightning controlled possession in the offensive zone within the game’s final minute, and even had the extra attacker on after Garon skated to the bench, but Tampa Bay couldn’t find the equalizer to send the game into overtime for a second time in as many tries.

Eric Fehr had two goals for Washington, and Troy Brouwer and Jay Beagle also scored for the Capitals, which improved to 5-8-1.

Mathieu Perreault added three assists in the win, while Hotlby made 27 saves.

“It was a good start for our team,” Brouwer said. “We gave them some opportunities at the end, but overall I thought all our guys played hard.”

Brouwer didn’t take long to open the scoring, tapping home a feed from Perreault while on the power play to put Washington up 1-0 just 2:40 following the opening puck drop.

St. Louis tied it when he whacked home a puck past Holtby’s pad from the side of the net that made it 1-1 approximately midway through the period.

The Capitals went on though to score three times unanswered, getting a goal from Fehr in the second period before a pair of additional tallies in the final frame gave Washington a 4-1 lead.

“Right now we’re fighting mentally and emotionally,” Boucher added. “But our dedication, and our work ethic, it’s there.”

scoring summary
1st Period
PPG - Troy Brouwer (7) ASST: Mathieu Perreault (2), Nicklas Backstrom (10)
1 - 0 WSH
Martin St. Louis (4) ASST: Benoit Pouliot (5), Vincent Lecavalier (9)
1 - 1 Tie
2nd Period
Eric Fehr (2) ASST: Mathieu Perreault (3), Joel Ward (6)
2 - 1 WSH
3rd Period
Eric Fehr (3) ASST: Mathieu Perreault (4), John Carlson (4)
3 - 1 WSH
Jay Beagle (1) ASST: Jeff Schultz (2), Tomas Kundratek (4)
4 - 1 WSH
Teddy Purcell (3) ASST: Steven Stamkos (11)
4 - 2 WSH
Nate Thompson (3) ASST: Martin St. Louis (15)
4 - 3 WSH
penalty summary
1st Period
Victor Hedman  Hooking against  Alex Ovechkin
Mike Green  Holding against  Tom Pyatt
Matt Hendricks  Unsportsmanlike conduct against  Keith Aulie
Keith Aulie  Roughing against  Matt Hendricks
2nd Period
3rd Period
John Carlson  Interference against  Cory Conacher
goalie stats
Braden Holtby
Braden Holtby
SA: 30TOI: 60:00
Saves: 27EV: 26 - 29
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 1
SV%: .900SH: 0 - 0
Mathieu Garon
Mathieu Garon
SA: 39TOI: 58:54
Saves: 35EV: 34 - 37
PIM: 0PP: 0 - 1
SV%: .897SH: 1 - 1