Final SO

Series (Game 1 of 8)

Series tied 4-4

Game 1: Sunday, October 16th
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Game 2: Friday, October 28th
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Game 3: Tuesday, November 15th
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Game 4: Wednesday, November 23rd
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Game 5: Sunday, January 29th
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Game 6: Saturday, February 4th
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Game 7: Thursday, March 23rd
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OT
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Game 8: Tuesday, April 18th
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Lightning 2

(3-2-2, 8 pts)

Capitals 3

(3-4-0, 6 pts)

6:00 PM ET, October 16, 2005

Verizon Center, Washington, District of Columbia

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TB 2 0 0 02
WSH 1 1 0 13

P. Sykora (Capitals - RW): Goals: 0, Assists: 0

V. Lecavalier (Lightning - C): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

S. Eminger (Capitals - D): Goals: 0, Assists: 2

Tampa Bay (3-2-1) at Washington (2-4-0) 6:00 pm EDT

Tampa Bay (3-2-1) at Washington (2-4-0), 6:00 pm EDT

WASHINGTON (Ticker) -- After receiving some much-needed rest, the Washington Capitals will try to gain some semblance of defense when they host the Tampa Bay Lightning on Sunday.

The lowest-ranked defensive team in the league, the Capitals played six games in nine days to start the season before finally receiving two days off in a row this week.

They played like a tired team throughout the stretch, allowing 29 goals during a 1-4-0 stretch, including Thursday's 5-3 loss to the New York Islanders. Washington faced a 3-0 deficit less than nine minutes into the contest and its comeback attempt was thwarted with another poor third-period performance.

Although they did manage a late tally by Matt Bradley - his second of the game - the Capitals saw their deficit in the third period this season increased to 14-3.

Washington enters Sunday having allowed a league-high 31 goals, five more than any team in the league.

The third-highest scoring team in the league last season, the Lightning have been slow to get going offensively. After opening with a 5-2 win over Carolina, Tampa Bay has been held to three goals or less in a 2-2-1 stretch.

The Lightning started a three-game road trip with a 3-1 win over Pittsburgh on Saturday. Vincent Lecavalier had a goal and two assists as Tampa Bay raced to a 3-0 lead through two periods and held on for its first road win of the season.

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