Washington 6, Tampa Bay 5

Tuesday, December 10, 2013 7:00 PM

Final Scoring Summary

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Tampa Bay 17-10-2-1 11-3-1-0 6-7-1-1 L2
Washington 17-12-0-2 11-7-0-0 6-5-0-2 W3


Capitals 6, Lightning 5 (OT): Captain Alex Ovechkin scored his fourth goal to forge a tie with 32.4 seconds left in regulation and Troy Brouwer netted the shootout winner in the fifth round as host Washington outlasted Tampa Bay.

Nicklas Backstrom contributed a goal and four assists for the Capitals and Ovechkin recorded his third career four-goal game on a screen shot from the left point. Starter Braden Holtby allowed three goals on eight shots before Philipp Grubauer came on to make 32 saves for Washington.

Tyler Johnson and captain Martin St. Louis each recorded a goal and two assists while Ondrej Palat’s tally 8:36 into the third period gave the Lightning a 5-4 lead. Nikita Kucherov and Nate Thompson also tallied and Ben Bishop turned aside 26 shots for Tampa Bay, which dropped to 0-4-2 in its last six road games.

St. Louis scored from the slot 2:26 into the game on the power play and Kucherov hammered home a one-timer from the same spot with the man advantage at 10:49. Thompson finished a two-on-one rush with J.T. Brown 18 seconds later for a 3-0 lead before Ovechkin scored directly after a faceoff at 14:15.

Backstrom flipped in a power-play goal 6:24 into the second session before Johnson scored on the rebound to make it 4-2 at 12:41. But after Richard Panik was called for a five-minute boarding major, Ovechkin scored on a backdoor play and hammered home a shot from the left circle to tie the contest before the end of the second.

GAME NOTEBOOK: The Capitals have scored at least three goals in the second period eight times this season, including their last two outings. … The Lightning, which dropped to 3-1 in shootouts, were without D Victor Hedman for the second straight game due to a lower-body injury. … Washington D Mike Green picked up 18 minutes in penalties during the first period with a double-minor, two minors and a 10-minute misconduct.

Top Game Performances

Tampa Bay   Washington
Tyler Johnson 3 Points Nicklas Backstrom 5
Tyler Johnson 1 Goals Alex Ovechkin 4
Tyler Johnson 2 Assists Nicklas Backstrom 4
Martin St. Louis 1 Power Play Goals Alex Ovechkin 2
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Ben Bishop .839 Save Percentage Philipp Grubauer .941
Ben Bishop 26 Saves Philipp Grubauer 32

Team Stats Summary

Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Tampa Bay 42 5 2-5 2-5 9 22
Washington 31 6 3-5 3-5 20 36

Upcoming Games

  • Washington will play its next game on the road against Florida. The Capitals have a W/L % of .625 after a win and .467 after a loss.
  • Tampa Bay will play its next game at home against Detroit. The Lightning have a W/L % of .588 after a win and .538 after a loss.
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