10th Straight Win Ties Club Mark

Capitals 3, Lightning 2

February 01, 2010|By AP

WASHINGTON - - Alex Ovechkin scored the go-ahead goal with 6:26 remaining, and the Capitals tied a franchise record with their 10th straight win Sunday, beating the Tampa Bay Lightning, 3-2.

The reigning two-time league Most Valuable Player slid on one knee and into the boards to celebrate his 35th goal of the season, a shot from the slot that beat Mike Smith to the stick side. It rescued the Capitals after Washington blew a two-goal lead with a rare third-period meltdown.

Nicklas Backstrom and Brooks Laich also scored for the Capitals, whose double-digit winning streak matches the team mark set Jan. 27-Feb. 18, 1984.

The Capitals were leading 2-0 when Martin St. Louis made a nice deflection to pull the Lightning within a goal with 15 minutes to play. Just seven seconds later, Backstrom was whistled for tripping, Washington's first penalty of the game.

Tomas Fleischmann compounded matters during the penalty kill, committing a hooking penalty out of frustration seconds after losing the puck. The Capitals killed off 23 seconds of 5-on-3, but Steven Stamkos' one-timer with Fleischmann in the box tied it with 12:18 remaining.

AP

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