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Semin leads Caps past Lightning

Sep 23, 2007 - 3:22 AM TAMPA, Florida (Ticker) -- Alexander Semin's power-play goal at 1:41 of the second period was the difference-maker, leading the Washington Capitals to a 2-1 preseason victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday night.

With the Lightning's Matt Smaby in the penalty box for hooking, Semin beat Johan Holmqvist for his first preseason goal, taking Nicklas Backstrom's pass and lifting the puck over the goaltender.

David Steckel opened the scoring at 7:46 of the first period for Washington, deflecting defenseman John Erskine's pass off Holmqvist's stick and over his shoulder.

Tampa Bay evened the contest at 11:17 with a shorthanded goal, as Martin St. Louis lifted a backhander high over the left shoulder of netminder Brent Johnson.

Holmqvist kept the Lightning in the game, turning away nine of the 10 shots he faced in the second period, with most coming during the Capitals' six power-play opportunities in the session.

Washington was 1-for-8 on the power play, while Tampa Bay was held scoreless on eight man advantages.

Johnson stopped 11 shots for the Capitals, while Holmqvist made 17 saves for the Lightning.

Tampa Bay's Vincent Lecavalier, the reigning Maurice Richard Trophy winner, left in the first period with an "upper body" injury and did not return.

Center Brad Richards and defenseman Filip Kuba did not play for the Lightning. Washington was also without a number of regulars, including Alex Ovechkin, defenseman Tom Poti and captain Chris Clark.








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    FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    WASHINGTON 1 1 0 2
    TAMPA BAY 1 0 0 1 FINAL
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: WAS - DAVID STECKEL 1 (JOHN ERSKINE, DONALD BRASHEAR) 7:46
    TAM - (SH) MARTIN ST. LOUIS 1 (VINCENT LECAVALIER, DAN
    BOYLE) 11:17
    2ND PRD: WAS - (PP) ALEXANDER SEMIN 1 (NICKLAS BACKSTROM, MIKE GREEN)
    1:41
    3RD PRD: NONE


    Sep 22 10:01 PM


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    END OF THE 2ND 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    WASHINGTON 1 1 2
    TAMPA BAY 1 0 1 END OF THE 2ND
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: WAS - DAVID STECKEL 1 (JOHN ERSKINE, DONALD BRASHEAR) 7:46
    TAM - (SH) MARTIN ST. LOUIS 1 (VINCENT LECAVALIER, DAN
    BOYLE) 11:17
    2ND PRD: WAS - (PP) ALEXANDER SEMIN 1 (NICKLAS BACKSTROM, MIKE GREEN)
    1:41
    S

    Sep 22 9:05 PM


  • NHL
    WASHINGTON 2
    TAMPA BAY 1
    2ND PRD: WAS - (PP) ALEXANDER SEMIN 1 (NICKLAS BACKSTROM, MIKE GREEN)
    1:41

    Capitals vs. LightningSep 22 8:32 PM


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    END OF THE 1ST 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    WASHINGTON 1 1
    TAMPA BAY 1 1 END OF THE 1ST
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: WAS - DAVID STECKEL 1 (JOHN ERSKINE, DONALD BRASHEAR) 7:46
    TAM - (SH) MARTIN ST. LOUIS 1 (VINCENT LECAVALIER, DAN
    BOYLE) 11:17
    SHOTS ON GOAL: 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    WAS 6

    Sep 22 8:11 PM


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    WASHINGTON 1
    TAMPA BAY 1
    1ST PRD: TAM - (SH) MARTIN ST. LOUIS 1 (VINCENT LECAVALIER, DAN BOYLE)
    11:17

    Capitals vs. LightningSep 22 7:59 PM


  • NHL
    WASHINGTON 1
    TAMPA BAY 0
    1ST PRD: WAS - DAVID STECKEL 1 (JOHN ERSKINE, DONALD BRASHEAR) 7:46

    Capitals vs. LightningSep 22 7:52 PM