Published: Tue, December 03, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Capitals cap 2-goal comeback with OT win over Tampa

Capitals cap 2-goal comeback with OT win over Tampa

The Carolina Hurricanes are on the road as they travel to face the Tampa Bay Lightning Saturday night. Teuvo Teravainen has collected 13 points over the last 10 games for Carolina.

In their last game, the Hurricanes were unable to get their offensive attack going as they were stonewalled by the Nashville defensive zone play. Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed four goals on 33 shots in the defeat. Carolina was outshot 13-12 in the opening period but trailed 2-0 after 20 minutes of play. They went 0-for-3 on the power play. In the final period, Carolina held a 10-8 advantage in shots on goal with neither team lighting the lamp, leaving the Hurricanes on the wrong end of the scoreboard. Nikita Kucherov recorded three assists for the second time this season, but also picked up a penalty that helped set up Ovechkin's goal. James Reimer is expected to get the nod in this one.

Washington Capitals defenseman Dmitry Orlov (9) celebrates after scoring the game winning goal in overtime against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Capital One Arena.

The Tampa Bay Lightning have struggled to get to the level they were at last season through their first 22 games. The Blues scored the next two goals, but Anthony Cirelli evened it at 2-2 with 8:21 remaining in the second off assists from Ryan McDonagh and Kucherov. Holtby started six consecutive games, a peak in the season.

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The Capitals were able to come up with an answer in the final frame.

Washington has not been quite as dominant lately as it was earlier in the season and while Tampa Bay is having difficulty finding consistent traction, I think it will be properly motivated here and the talent is there on the Lightning roster to win any game. Can Tampa Bay record a big road win today at the Washington Capitals? In the opening period, the Lightning were outshot 14-7 but took a 1-0 advantage to the dressing room.

Then, Alex Ovechkin's power-play goal, a patented one-timer from the top of the left circle, tied the game at 11:36. Tampa Bay averages 11.0 penalty minutes per game, the third-most in the National Hockey League.

Andrei Vasilevskiy went 31-for-35 in net for the Lightning in the losing effort, while Braden Holtby got the win with a 27-for-30 performance in net for the Capitals. Curtis McElhinney is expected to get a start in the contest for the Lightning here.

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