TAMPA, Fla. (AP) _ The Tampa Bay Lightning capitalized on a lucky bounce.
Cory Stillman scored the go-ahead goal with 3:29 left in the third period and the Southeast Division-leading Lightning beat the Washington Capitals 4-2 Saturday night.
Brad Richards' shot during a two-on-one hit the post, and then deflected off Stillman's shoulder into the net.
``It wasn't pretty that's for sure,'' Stillman said. ``I was fortunate to take it off the shoulder. It was the difference in a game we needed.''
Martin St. Louis added an empty-net goal on a power play with 10.3 seconds left to take over the NHL scoring lead with 75 points.
Washington, which trailed by two early on, tied it on Alexander Semin's bad-angle goal from the bottom of the left circle at 8:44 of the third.
Fredrik Modin had two first-period goals for the Lightning, who trail Philadelphia and Ottawa by two points for the top record in the Eastern Conference. The Lightning are 14-1-1-4 the past 20 games.
``We got off to a good start,'' Modin said. ``We let then come back into the game, but we managed to come out on top.''
Capitals defenseman Sergei Gonchar, one of several Washington players mentioned in trade rumors, missed his second straight game with what the Capitals said was the flu. Gonchar did take part in the pregame skate approximately 30 minutes before the game.
``I would say he's going to play the next game,'' Washington coach Glen Hanlon said. ``He's pretty close.''
The Capitals next play Tuesday at home against Florida.
Dainius Zubrus had the other Washington goal. The Capitals are last in the Southeast, 32 points behind Tampa Bay.
``In a game like that, you definitely want to get at least a point out of it,'' Zubrus said. ``It was a tough ending.''
The Capitals, who beat Florida 4-1 Friday just hours after trading leading scorer Robert Lang to Detroit, had five of the first six shots.
Tampa Bay's Nikolai Khabibulin kept it scoreless with several strong saves, including an in-close chance by Joel Kwiatkowski. He finished with 21 saves.
Modin made it 1-0 at 9:14 of the first period, five seconds after a Lightning power play ended. He skated in from the right-wing boards and scored on a wrist shot.
Tampa Bay went up 2-0 on Modin's second goal of the game with 4:58 left in the period.
Zubrus scored his first goal in 16 games 11:16 into the second. He made a spin move in the left circle and beat Khabibulin with a backhander.
Washington's Sebastien Charpentier turned aside 19 shots. Capitals No. 1 goalie Olaf Kolzig served as the backup.
``Hopefully I get all my bad bounces in that game and I'm clear for the rest of the year,'' Charpentier said.
|Freddy Modin (20) ASST: Cory Stillman (40), Ruslan Fedotenko (16)|
1 - 0 TBL
|Freddy Modin (21) ASST: Dan Boyle (24), Dave Andreychuk (15)|
2 - 0 TBL
|Dainius Zubrus (12) ASST: Jeff Halpern (16), Brendan Witt (9)|
2 - 1 TBL
|Alexander Semin (6) ASST: Michael Nylander (2), Rick Berry (6)|
2 - 2 Tie
|Cory Stillman (21) ASST: Brad Richards (40), Cory Sarich (12)|
3 - 2 TBL
|PPG - EN - Martin St. Louis (31) ASST: Vincent Lecavalier (25), Pavel Kubina (14)|
4 - 2 TBL
|Freddy Modin Hi-sticking|
|Stephen Peat Slashing|
|Vincent Lecavalier Hi-sticking|
|Martin St. Louis Hi-sticking|
|Michael Nylander Cross checking|
|Dainius Zubrus Holding|
|Michael Nylander Hi-sticking|