Series (Game 1 of 5)

Washington leads 3-2

Game 1: Friday, October 25th
Game 2: Friday, November 1st
Game 3: Monday, December 23rd
Game 4: Tuesday, February 4th
Game 5: Monday, February 17th

Capitals 2

(4-3-0, 8 pts)

Lightning 3

(5-0-0, 12 pts)

7:30 PM ET, October 25, 2002

Tampa Bay Times Forum, Tampa, Florida

1 2 3 T
WSH 0 1 12
TB 2 1 03

N. Khabibulin (Lightning - G): Saves: 25, Save Pct.: .926

M. St. Louis (Lightning - RW): Goals: 0, Assists: 2

D. Andreychuk (Lightning - LW): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

Lightning's unbeaten streak ties club record

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- The undefeated Tampa Bay Lightning cleared another hurdle. They got a rare win over the Washington Capitals.

Dave Andreychuk

Chris Dingman

Chris Dingman and Dave Andreychuk scored 51 seconds apart in the first period, and the Lightning remained the NHL's only unbeaten team with a 3-2 victory Friday night over the Capitals.

"It really doesn't mean anything because there's 82 games in the season,'' Lightning center Vincent Lecavalier said. "Obviously it's nice. I've never had that in my career. We've got to keep on going, keep on building and get our confidence going even more.''

Nikolai Khabibulin faced 27 shots for the Lightning, who tied a franchise record with a seven-game unbeaten streak (5-0-2). The goalie stopped Jaromir Jagr on a first-period breakaway.

"He had the puck and I tried to match his speed,'' Khabibulin said. "He shot it, and it hit my pad.''

The Lightning snapped a nine-game winless streak (0-8-1) -- dating back to a 5-2 win on Nov. 5, 2000 -- against Washington and won for just the second time in the past 16 meetings (2-13-1).

Jagr scored his sixth goal for Washington, 3-3 on an eight-game road trip. He had eight shots, including four in the first period.

Washington coach Bruce Cassidy was not happy with his team's start. The Capitals trail Tampa Bay by four points in the Southeast Division.

"I don't know what's the matter with the guys in the room when they can't get fired up to play for first place,'' Cassidy said. "I don't know if guys are not used to it of if they think it's no big deal or what. It's unbelievable to me. I don't have the answer right now.''

Dingman put the Lightning up 1-0 at 10:29 of the first period. It was his first goal in 65 games, dating back to Jan. 21.

Andreychuk's goal during a 5-on-3 power-play made it 2-0 at 11:20. Andreychuk has 248 power-play goals, one short of tying Phil Esposito's NHL record.

Fredrik Modin gave Tampa Bay a 3-0 lead just 1:21 into the second period. Brad Richards assisted on the goal and tied Denis Savard's 1995 team record by recording an assist in six straight games.

Jagr cut the Capitals deficit to 3-1 at 9:57 of the second. Kip Miller made it 3-2 with 36.1 seconds left to play.

"Khabibulin was the difference,'' Jagr said. "I thought we played a lot better ... just couldn't score.''

Washington goalie Olaf Kolzig made 34 saves.

Game notes

New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner watched from his suite. ... Lecavalier returned after missing two games with a right knee sprain and had an assist. ... Tampa Bay D Dan Boyle assisted on Andreychuk's goal and has a 10-game point streak dating back to last season. The last defenseman to have a streak of longer than 10 games was the New York Rangers' Brian Leetch (14-games) in 1996 ... Capitals D Sylvain Cote was in the lineup after being a healthy scratch the past six games. He played just eight shifts and had two penalties.

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