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Lightning trying to make up ground in Southeast Division

Feb 16, 2008 - 1:48 PM
Washington (27-26-6) at Tampa Bay (25-27-6) 7:30 pm EST

TAMPA, Florida (Ticker) - The Tampa Bay Lightning go for their fifth win in six games when they host Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals on Saturday.

Despite having the second-worst record in the Eastern Conference, the Lightning, who have gone 8-3-1 in their last 12 contests, are starting to make a push in the Southeast Division.

Tampa Bay is coming off a 5-3 defeat at Philadelphia on Thursday and is now just six points behind first-place Carolina (29-27-4) and Atlanta (29-27-4). Martin St. Louis had a goal and two assists in Thursday's victory.

The Capitals, who own a 3-2-0 edge in the season series, have lost two straight contests, including a 4-2 setback at Florida on Friday.

Ovechkin, who leads the league with 48 goals, was held without a point for just the 11th time this season in the loss.

Should the 22-year-old tally two or more goals over the next two games, he would reach the 50-goal mark earlier than any NHL player since Buffalo Sabres forward Alex Mogilny in 1993.

The All-Star left wing has more than triple the amount of goals as the second-leading scorer on the Capitals (Mike Green, 15) and has tallied three goals and three assists in his five games against Tampa Bay this season.








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    FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    WASHINGTON 1 0 2 3
    TAMPA BAY 0 0 2 2 FINAL
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: WAS - (PP) TOMAS FLEISCHMANN 8 (ALEXANDER SEMIN, NICKLAS
    BACKSTROM) 16:12
    2ND PRD: NONE
    3RD PRD: WAS - DAVID STECKEL 5 (MATT BRADLEY, QUINTIN LAING) 13:52
    TAM - VACLAV PROSPAL 27 (MARTIN ST. LOUIS, VINCENT
    LECAVALIE

    Feb 16 9:59 PM


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    WASHINGTON 3
    TAMPA BAY 2
    3RD PRD: WAS - ALEXANDER SEMIN 16 (UNASSISTED) 17:00

    Capitals vs. LightningFeb 16 9:49 PM


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    WASHINGTON 2
    TAMPA BAY 2
    3RD PRD: TAM - JAN HLAVAC 9 (FILIP KUBA, SHANE O'BRIEN) 16:22

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    WASHINGTON 2
    TAMPA BAY 1
    3RD PRD: TAM - VACLAV PROSPAL 27 (MARTIN ST. LOUIS) 15:49

    Capitals vs. LightningFeb 16 9:48 PM


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    WASHINGTON 2
    TAMPA BAY 0
    3RD PRD: WAS - DAVID STECKEL 5 (MATT BRADLEY, QUINTIN LAING) 13:52

    Capitals vs. LightningFeb 16 9:42 PM


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    END OF THE 2ND 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    WASHINGTON 1 0 1
    TAMPA BAY 0 0 0 END OF THE 2ND
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: WAS - (PP) TOMAS FLEISCHMANN 8 (ALEXANDER SEMIN, NICKLAS
    BACKSTROM) 16:12
    2ND PRD: NONE
    SHOTS ON GOAL: 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    WAS 10 12 22
    TAM 8 24 32

    Feb 16 8:59 PM


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    END OF THE 1ST 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    WASHINGTON 1 1
    TAMPA BAY 0 0 END OF THE 1ST
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: WAS - (PP) TOMAS FLEISCHMANN 8 (ALEXANDER SEMIN, NICKLAS
    BACKSTROM) 16:12
    SHOTS ON GOAL: 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    WAS 8 8
    TAM 10 10
    GOALIES: WAS

    Feb 16 8:11 PM


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    WASHINGTON 1
    TAMPA BAY 0
    1ST PRD: WAS - (PP) TOMAS FLEISCHMANN 8 (ALEXANDER SEMIN, NICKLAS
    BACKSTROM) 16:12

    Capitals vs. LightningFeb 16 8:10 PM
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