TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Vincent Lecavalier was off the mark all night
and still managed to net the biggest goal of the game.
The goal that put Tampa Bay up 3-2 was originally awarded to
Vinny Prospal, who was positioned in the slot when Lecavalier took
a shot from the top of the right circle. Around 30 minutes after
the game, the off-ice officials changed the goal to Lecavalier.
"I didn't hit the net tonight," Lecavalier said. "I was very
lucky on that one. It was huge to get the third goal and the
Prospal said the puck never hit him, and Capitals defenseman
Shaone Morrisonn said the puck went off his hip.
"It was going wide and I tried to get out of the way at the
last second because I couldn't see it," Morrisonn said. "It hit
me and went in. It hurts to lose it that way. We just got a bad
break, a bad bounce, but that's the way it is."
Prospal added an empty-net goal during the final minute to
complete the scoring.
Tampa Bay also got goals from Dan Boyle and Martin St. Louis.
The defending Stanley Cup champion Lightning have won consecutive
games for the first time this season and snapped a three-game home
losing streak which included a shootout defeat.
"I guess the biggest thing from a coaching standpoint, our
players stayed together," Lightning coach John Tortorella said.
"We stayed within ourselves and found a way to get it done. That's
a good sign."
Rookie Alexander Ovechkin had his third two-goal game for
Washington. The Capitals were looking to win two in a row for the
first time this year.
"It was exciting," Ovechkin said. "But we lost the game, and
Ovechkin put the Capitals ahead 1-0 at 3:25 of the first. He has
at least one point in 10 of his 11 games. Tampa Bay tied it at 1
less than a minute later on Boyle's goal at 4:18.
Ovechkin made it 2-1 on a short-handed goal with 6:48 left in
the first. He finished off a breakaway for his eighth goal by
making a couple of stick-handling moves to get goalie Sean Burke
out of position.
"We're lucky and thankful he's ours," Capitals coach Glen
Hanlon said. "He plays well every night. It seems like he gets
more fired up the bigger the opponent, and they are the Stanley Cup
St. Louis got the Lightning even at 2 with 1:43 to go in the
Capitals D Brendan Witt was in the lineup after missing one
game to be with his family in South Florida during Hurricane Wilma.
... The Lightning have not allowed a power-play goal in seven
games. ... Washington said D Bryan Muir was a healthy scratch. He
had returned Wednesday after missing four games with a groin
injury. ... The Lightning lost the first meeting this season
between the teams 3-2 in a shootout on Oct. 16 despite outshooting