TIME: Friday, 7:30 p.m. EDT.
The Washington Capitals finally found a formula for success on the road.
The Capitals try to follow up their first road win of the season as they visit the St. Pete Times Forum to face the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Washington allowed only 17 shots on goal and ended its drought on the power play Wednesday night en route to a 3-2 victory over Buffalo in the opener of a three-game trip.
Olaf Kolzig made 15 saves and defenseman Jamie Heward broke a tie on a two-man advantage early in the third period as the Capitals improved to 1-3 away from the MCI Center.
Kolzig had faced 40 or more shots in each of his previous three games, two of which were losses.
"It was great," Kolzig said. "We have to remember to play that way every night. It was just a terrific hockey game for us. We changed our system a little bit and it seemed to frustrate them. Everyone was committed to playing that way, and playing hard all night."
Jeff Friesen and Petr Sykora scored Washington's first two goals, and Heward ended the Caps' 0-for-26 skid on the power play with a slap shot past Ryan Miller for his second goal of the season.
"We were struggling in every aspect," Heward said. "We just had a game tonight where we changed some things up and created some chances. We're making strides in that respect. Against teams that have more firepower, that's what we have to do."
The Lightning had little trouble generating chances in their last game, a 6-3 win over New Jersey on Wednesday.
Former Devil Dave Andreychuk scored his first two goals of the season in the third period, and Vincent Lecavalier added a short-handed goal 64 seconds after Andreychuk's second goal. Brad Richards had three assists, giving him a team-leading eight on the season.
John Grahame made 20 saves to improve to 4-3-1.
STANDINGS: Capitals - 8 points, 4th place, 5 PB, Southeast Division. Lightning - 12 points, 2nd place, 1 PB, Southeast Division.
TEAM LEADERS: Capitals - Alexander Ovechkin, 6 goals and 11 points; Steve Eminger, 7 assists and 27 PIM. Lightning - Lecavalier and Vaclav Prospal, 6 goals and 12 points; Richards, 8 assists; Pavel Kubina, 22 PIM.
SPECIAL TEAMS: Capitals - Power play: 12.2 percent (7 for 57), 27th (tied) in NHL. Penalty killing: 75 percent (63 for 84), 29th. Lightning - Power play: 11.4 percent (8 for 70), 29th. Penalty killing: 96.1 percent (52 for 54), 1st.
GOALTENDERS: Capitals - Kolzig (4-5-0, 3.84 GAA); Brent Johnson (0-1-0, 5.07). Lightning - Grahame (4-3-1, 1 SO, 2.28); Sean Burke (1-0-1, 1.36).
SEASON SERIES: Capitals, 1-0.
LAST MEETING: Oct. 16; Capitals 3-2, SO. At Washington, Kolzig made 34 saves in regulation, four in overtime and two during the shootout, when Ovechkin and Sykora scored to lift the Caps.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Capitals - 1-3 on the road; Lightning - 2-2-1 at home.
|Apr 18 '06||WSH 4 at TBL 1||J. Halpern|
|Mar 23 '06||WSH 3 at TBL 4 - OT||P. Kubina|
|Feb 04 '06||WSH 0 at TBL 5||R. Fedotenko|
|Jan 29 '06||TBL 1 at WSH 2||D. Zubrus|
|Nov 23 '05||TBL 4 at WSH 3 - SO||V. Prospal|
|Nov 15 '05||TBL 3 at WSH 4 - SO||A. Ovechkin|
|Oct 28 '05||WSH 2 at TBL 4||V. Lecavalier|
|Oct 16 '05||TBL 2 at WSH 3 - SO||P. Sykora|