Series (Game 3 of 6)

Washington leads 6-0

Game 1: Monday, November 10th
Game 2: Thursday, January 1st
Game 3: Saturday, February 14th
Game 4: Thursday, March 19th
Game 5: Friday, March 27th
Game 6: Thursday, April 9th

Capitals 5

(35-16-5, 75 pts)

Lightning 1

(19-26-11, 49 pts)

7:30 PM ET, February 14, 2009

Amalie Arena, Tampa, Florida

1 2 3 T
WSH 3 1 15
TB 0 1 01

M. Green (Capitals - D): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

A. Semin (Capitals - RW): Goals: 1, Assists: 2

M. Neuvirth (Capitals - G): Saves: 31, Save Pct.: .969

Green scores in eighth straight game to break NHL record in Caps' victory

Associated Press

TAMPA, Fla. -- It was a night of celebrations for the Washington Capitals.

Mike Green set an NHL record for defensemen by a scoring a goal in his eighth consecutive game and the Capitals beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 5-1 on Saturday night.

"It's incredible," said Green, who was covered with shaving cream applied by his teammates after the game. "I'm playing with some of the best players in the world."

Dynamic Defenseman

Mike Green continued to show Ovechkin isn't the only star in Washington, setting an NHL record for defensemen by scoring a goal in his eighth consecutive game.

Team Season Gms
Mike Green WAS 2008-09 8**
Mike O'Connell BOS 1983-84 7
Ray Bourque BOS 1983-84 6
Barry Beck COL 1977-78 6
Bobby Orr BOS 1971-72 6
Guy Lapointe MTL 1970-71 6
Bobby Orr BOS 1969-70 6


Green made it 4-0 from the low slot during a power play at 5:33 of the second. He was mobbed by his teammates who left the bench. Boston's Mike O'Connell had a seven-game goal-scoring run in the 1983-84 season.

"I wasn't expecting that, but I was excited," Green said about the on-ice celebration. "It almost brought a little tear to my eye, so I was pretty jacked up."

Many have credited Washington coach Bruce Boudreau for helping with Green's improved offense.

"He could have had Mickey Mouse coaching and eventually he was going to be a great hockey player," said Boudreau, 8-0 against Tampa Bay. "I'm just happy I'm the one who that right now is able to coach Mike."

Fast Facts

• The Capitals have won eight consecutive games against the Lightning.

• The Lightning have scored three or less goals in 45 games.

• Capitals defenseman Mike Green has 17 points in his last eight games.

• Tampa Bay's Vincent Lecavalier has 22 points in his last 20 games.

-- ESPN research

Alexander Semin, Alex Ovechkin, Shaone Morrisonn and Eric Fehr also scored for Southeast Division-leading Washington, which has won five of seven.

Michal Neuvirth made a glove save on a first-period breakaway by Vincent Lecavalier, and finished with 31 saves to win in his first NHL start. Just like Green, the 20-year old goalie got the postgame shaving cream treatment.

"What can I say? It's unreal. An unreal feeling right now," Neuvirth said. "I still can't believe that. That was my best feeling ever."

Tampa Bay got a goal from Ryan Malone. The Lightning have lost six of eight.

Green has 10 goals and 17 points over the last eight games, and is one game away from tying the overall Washington consecutive game goal streak set by Alan Haworth (1985-86) and matched by Mike Gartner (1986-87).

Semin returned after missing one game with an undisclosed injury and put the Capitals ahead 1-0 at 5:02 of the first. He picked up the first of two assists on Ovechkin's NHL-best 38th goal from the right circle that made it 2-0 with 6:39 left in the period.

Ovechkin has seven goals and 12 points during an eight-game point streak.

Morrisonn extended the Capitals' advantage to 3-0 with 39.8 remaining in the first. It was his first goal in 17 games.

"I thought the first period we actually played a pretty good period," Tampa Bay interim coach Rick Tocchet said. "We spotted them three goals on turnovers."

Tampa Bay goalie Mike McKenna was pulled after allowing three goals on 12 shots in the first. Malone scored midway through the second.

"Wish I would have been a lot better in the first," McKenna said.

Fehr had a third-period goal. He has a goal in three straight games.

Game notes

Neuvirth's parent were at the game. Green's father was also in attendance... New Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Raheem Morris said "Let's play hockey" before the opening faceoff. Morris and current Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin watched Game 5 of the 2004 Stanley Cup Finals, in which Tampa Bay beat Calgary in a seven-game series, from front-row seats. "Me and Mike Tomlin banging on the glass for those guys, it's exciting," said Morris, who also attended Game 7. ... Washington RW Viktor Kozlov (groin) missed his fourth consecutive game. ... Tampa Bay D Marek Malik left with a lower-body injury.

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