Tampa Bay
Lightning
44-33-5
Washington
Capitals
28-40-14

35 SOG
33 SOG
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TBL
WSH
game recap

Lightning 6, Capitals 4

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:48 AM

Associated Press

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Lightning 6, Capitals 4
Tampa Bay Lightning 6, Washington Capitals 4

WASHINGTON (AP) -Two days after losing high-scoring center Ryan Craig to an injury, the Tampa Bay Lightning showed that they still have plenty of offensive threats.

Martin St. Louis and Nikita Alexeev scored 22 seconds apart during a three-goal second period that carried the Lightning past the Washington Capitals 6-4 on Saturday night.

"We've worked so hard, the guys have been squeezing the sticks so much, that eventually goals were going to come out," said goaltender Marc Denis.

Alexeev had two goals, and Vincent Lecavalier, Andreas Karlsson and Brad Richards also scored for Tampa Bay, which has won three of four. The six goals are the most scored by the Lightning this year.

Alexander Semin, Mike Green, Brian Sutherby and Alexander Ovechkin scored for the Capitals, who had claimed points in five straight games. Washington had been unbeaten (2-0-1) at home.

Playing their first game without Craig, the Lightning spread out the offense. Craig, who had a team-high five goals, sustained a sprained right knee in Thursday's game against Philadelphia and will miss four weeks.

"I don't see who is out," Alexeev said. "I just go out there and perform my best."

"(Craig) had a great start and we're going to miss him," Richards added. "But we also know that during that start, we weren't firing on all cylinders. We have other players to step up. Other players did step up tonight and we've got to fill that role."

Trailing 2-1 early in the second period, Tampa Bay took control on goals by St. Louis and Alexeev.

St. Louis had his second goal of the season on a wraparound, scoring at 3:10. Just 22 seconds later, Alexeev put the Lightning up 3-2, whistling a wrist shot from center point past Olie Kolzig.

After failing on three consecutive power plays midway through the second, Tampa Bay went ahead by two goals at 19:01, when Karlsson tapped in the rebound of Dmitry Afanasenkov's shot.

Bad penalties and costly turnovers thwarted Washington from establishing any offensive momentum in the middle period.

"We had too many turnovers and they're an offensive team with a lot of firepower," Sutherby said. "We turned a few too many pucks over and they were all over our net."

The Lightning took a 1-0 lead 5:51 into the game on a short-handed goal by Lecavalier, who converted a long, lead pass from Nolan Pratt. Semin tied it 48 seconds later bulling through three defenders before pushing the puck into the goal.

At 16:07, Green surprised Tampa Bay goalie Marc Denis with a knuckling drive from the top of the slot, giving the Capitals a 2-1 lead.

Midway through the third period, Alexeev scored his second goal, tipping in Dan Boyle's shot, to make it 5-2.

Sutherby struck with 7:22 left, his first goal of the year, but 29 seconds later, Richards beat Washington's Ben Clymer to a loose puck along the boards and restored Tampa Bay's three-goal lead.

Ovechkin converted on a power play at the left post with 3:57 to go.

Notes: C Alexeev has points in five straight games, a career high. ... RW Boyd Gordon and D Bryan Muir were healthy scratches for the Capitals. ... Semin, who has eight goals in seven games, is the quickest Capital to score eight goals in team history.

scoring summary
1st Period
05:51
TBL
SHG - Vincent Lecavalier (3) ASST: Nolan Pratt (1), Martin St. Louis (2)
1 - 0 TBL
06:39
WSH
PPG - Alexander Semin (8) ASST: Brian Pothier (6), Olie Kolzig (1)
1 - 1 Tie
16:07
WSH
Mike Green (1) ASST: Dainius Zubrus (3)
2 - 1 WSH
2nd Period
03:10
TBL
Martin St. Louis (2) ASST: Nick Tarnasky (1), Tim Taylor (1)
2 - 2 Tie
03:32
TBL
Nikita Alexeev (3) ASST: Paul Ranger (2), Ruslan Fedotenko (3)
3 - 2 TBL
19:01
TBL
Andreas Karlsson (1) ASST: Dimitri Afanasenkov (2)
4 - 2 TBL
3rd Period
09:04
TBL
PPG - Nikita Alexeev (4) ASST: Dan Boyle (3), Brad Richards (5)
5 - 2 TBL
12:38
WSH
Brian Sutherby (1) ASST: Brian Pothier (7), Matt Bradley (1)
5 - 3 TBL
13:17
TBL
Brad Richards (1) ASST: NONE
6 - 3 TBL
16:03
WSH
PPG - Alex Ovechkin (4) ASST: Richard Zednik (3), Alexander Semin (3)
6 - 4 TBL
penalty summary
1st Period
04:03
TBL
Nick Tarnasky  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
06:18
TBL
Nick Tarnasky  Hooking
07:25
WSH
Dainius Zubrus  Boarding against  Nikita Alexeev
13:36
WSH
Jakub Klepis  Hooking against  Filip Kuba
18:04
WSH
Brian Pothier  Interference on goalkeeper against  Marc Denis
2nd Period
09:21
WSH
Dainius Zubrus  Holding against  Cory Sarich
12:01
WSH
Jamie Heward  Hooking against  Dimitri Afanasenkov
16:03
WSH
Brian Sutherby  Tripping against  Ruslan Fedotenko
3rd Period
07:40
WSH
Ben Clymer  Hooking against  Dimitri Afanasenkov
14:46
TBL
Tim Taylor  Tripping against  Kris Beech
goalie stats
Marc Denis
Marc Denis
SA: 33TOI: 60:00
Saves: 29EV: 27 - 29
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 4
SV%: .879SH: 0 - 0
Olie Kolzig
SA: 35TOI: 58:40
Saves: 29EV: 16 - 20
PIM: 0PP: 13 - 14
SV%: .829SH: 0 - 1