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Washington Capitals 1, Tampa Bay Lightning 4 FINAL

Tuesday, 08.16.2011 / 5:54 AM

Associated Press

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Washington Capitals 1, Tampa Bay Lightning 4 FINAL
Washington Capitals 1, Tampa Bay Lightning 4

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) _ The Tampa Bay Lightning took another step toward home-ice advantage in the playoffs.

Vincent Lecavalier scored two goals to help the Eastern Conference-leading Lightning beat the Washington Capitals 4-1 Saturday night.

Tampa Bay leads Boston by four points for the top seed in the conference, and is tied with Detroit for the overall NHL lead with 103 points.

``We just want to stay away from bad habits and continue to play,'' Lightning coach John Tortorella said. ``Continue to work on our game.''

Lecavalier has 32 goals, one short of his career high set last season. Fredrik Modin and Brad Richards also scored, and Nikolai Khabibulin made 21 saves.

``I feel confident, and obviously the more goals you score, the more you feel good,'' Lecavalier said.

Washington rookie Matthew Yeats, who received little defensive support, stopped 28 shots in his second straight start. The last- place Capitals, with 55 points, trail the Lightning by 48 points.

``He's been great,'' Washington coach Glen Hanlon said of Yeats. ``It looks like he can play and we're in a position to give him a chance.''

Olaf Kolzig served as Yeats' backup.

``Olie has been the heart and soul of this organization,'' Hanlon said. ``We had two days here and I wanted Olie to have some fun without thinking about playing the game here. It had nothing to do with anything else.''

Hanlon said it hasn't been decided if Yeats will start the Capitals' final four games of the season.

Matt Pettinger scored for Washington, 2-11-1 in its past 14 games. It was the Capitals' seventh straight road loss.

Lecavalier put the Lightning up 1-0 during a two-on-one at 9:15 of the first. He faked a pass and then beat Yeats with a nifty stick-handling move. Tampa Bay is 34-8-4-2 when scoring first.

Lecavalier made it 2-0 at 2:25 of the second. He scored on his own rebound after Yeats made the initial save on a breakaway.

Modin gave Tampa Bay a 3-0 lead with 2:17 left in the second. The Lightning outshot Washington 13-4 during the middle period.

Pettinger, at 7:03, and Richards, with 9:58 to play, traded third-period goals.

Yeats made three saves during a Tampa Bay power-play and turned aside Lecavalier's in-close chance in the opening three minutes of play. He also stopped Richards on a short-handed breakaway later in the first.

``Most of their chances were Grade A chances and it made a nice challenge for me,'' Yeats said. ``They're a great team offensively. It was still fun.''

scoring summary
1st Period
09:15
TBL
Vincent Lecavalier (31) Wrist shot - ASST: Tim Taylor (15), Cory Sarich (16)
1 - 0 TBL
2nd Period
02:25
TBL
Vincent Lecavalier (32) Wrist shot - ASST: Dan Boyle (28), Brad Lukowich (11)
2 - 0 TBL
17:43
TBL
Freddy Modin (28) Tip-in - ASST: Cory Stillman (51), Brad Richards (50)
3 - 0 TBL
3rd Period
07:03
WSH
Matt Pettinger (7) Wrist shot - ASST: Trent Whitfield (4), Roman Tvrdon (1)
3 - 1 TBL
10:02
TBL
Brad Richards (25) Backhand shot - ASST: Cory Stillman (52), Dan Boyle (29)
4 - 1 TBL
penalty summary
1st Period
00:29
WSH
Darcy Verot  Tripping - Obstruction
02:40
TBL
Vincent Lecavalier  Roughing
02:40
WSH
Darcy Verot  Roughing
07:03
TBL
Tim Taylor  Holding the stick
09:34
WSH
Matthew Yeats  Delay of game
13:19
WSH
Rick Berry  Holding
2nd Period
01:52
TBL
Freddy Modin  Roughing
01:52
WSH
Josef Boumedienne  Interference
19:42
WSH
Rick Berry  Slashing
3rd Period
16:36
WSH
Darcy Verot  Cross checking
goalie stats
Matthew Yeats
SA: 32TOI: 60:00
Saves: 28EV: 21 - 25
PIM: 2PP: 6 - 6
SV%: .875SH: 1 - 1
Nikolai Khabibulin
SA: 22TOI: 59:59
Saves: 21EV: 17 - 18
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 3
SV%: .955SH: 1 - 1