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Tampa Bay
Lightning
44-33-5
Washington
Capitals
28-40-14

31 SOG
29 SOG
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TBL
WSH
game recap

Capitals 7, Lightning 1

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:51 AM

Associated Press

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Capitals 7, Lightning 1
Tampa Bay Lightning 1, Washington Capitals 7

WASHINGTON (AP) -The struggling Washington Capitals looked more like a playoff team than the contending Tampa Bay Lightning on Sunday.

Alexander Semin got a natural hat trick in the second period to help the Capitals beat Tampa Bay 7-1.

Tomas Fleischmann added two goals and two assists for Washington, which won its second straight game. The Capitals hadn't won consecutive games since beating Atlanta and Philadelphia on Jan. 6 and 9 and broke a nine-game losing streak with Friday's win over Toronto.

"When you're slumping, sooner or later you're going to come out of it," Semin said. "The bad luck (has) ended now."

Boyd Gordon also scored for Washington and Alexandre Giroux got his second NHL goal. His first came in Friday's win.

The Capitals are 2-0-1 since goalie Olie Kolzig returned Thursday after missing 13 games with a knee injury. Kolzig made 30 saves against the Lightning.

"I've always said I try to lead by example," Kolzig said. "I don't do anything extra. I just go out there and play."

Filip Kuba scored for Tampa Bay, which is sixth in the Eastern Conference with 82 points.

"We didn't let it get away," Tampa Bay forward Brad Richards said. "We never really had it tonight. This is going to be forgotten as soon as we walk out of the dressing room. We realized what we did, and we cannot come out like that again."

An early Toronto miscue helped the Capitals take the lead Friday, and a Tampa Bay mistake gave Washington another first-period gift Sunday.

Defenseman Dan Boyle lost the puck near the blue line, and Fleischmann then beat goalie Johan Holmqvist near the left circle for a 1-0 lead at 5:31.

Fleischmann made it 2-0 with 6:20 left in the period on a long slap shot. Tampa Bay coach John Tortorella pulled Holmqvist for Marc Denis a few minutes later.

"Seems to me like everything was going my way tonight," Fleischmann said. "I try to take advantage of that. I want to prove I can play on this level."

Fleischmann was selected in the first round of the 2004 draft. He's been called up from Hershey four times this season and had just two assists in 14 NHL games before this year. He was Hershey's second-leading scorer but now has five points in 20 games with Washington this year - all in the last two contests.

"That's what we were waiting for," Washington coach Glen Hanlon said. "(It was) certainly a good night for him. He's smart as a whip."

Semin scored on the first three Washington shots of the second period.

He scored a power-play goal at 1:14, converted a backhander at 6:45 and scored on a long wrist shot 8:18 into the period for a 5-0 lead. The fans then littered the ice with hats, and Tortorella put Holmqvist back in, but the damage was done.

Notes: Fleischmann also scored the final Washington goal in Friday's win over Toronto. ... The Capitals have outscored opponents 6-0 in the first period of their last three games. ... Tampa Bay had won five of the first six games with Washington this season. ... Five of Kuba's 11 goals have come on the power play.

scoring summary
1st Period
05:31
WSH
Tomas Fleischmann (3) ASST: Boyd Gordon (20)
1 - 0 WSH
13:38
WSH
Tomas Fleischmann (4) ASST: Kris Beech (16), Milan Jurcina (7)
2 - 0 WSH
2nd Period
01:14
WSH
PPG - Alexander Semin (35) ASST: Chris Clark (20), Brian Pothier (22)
3 - 0 WSH
06:45
WSH
Alexander Semin (36) ASST: Tomas Fleischmann (3)
4 - 0 WSH
08:18
WSH
Alexander Semin (37) ASST: Kris Beech (17), Matt Bradley (9)
5 - 0 WSH
17:44
TBL
Filip Kuba (11) ASST: Doug Janik (8), Nick Tarnasky (4)
5 - 1 WSH
3rd Period
10:34
WSH
Alexandre Giroux (2) ASST: NONE
6 - 1 WSH
17:55
WSH
Boyd Gordon (5) ASST: Tomas Fleischmann (4), Shaone Morrisonn (10)
7 - 1 WSH
penalty summary
1st Period
10:30
WSH
Steve Eminger  Holding against  Ryan Craig
2nd Period
00:37
TBL
Eric Perrin  Holding against  Alex Ovechkin
11:34
WSH
Brian Pothier  Hooking against  Martin St. Louis
12:24
TBL
Dan Boyle  Holding against  Matt Bradley
17:15
TBL
Shane O'Brien  Fighting against  Matt Bradley
17:15
WSH
Matt Bradley  Fighting against  Shane O'Brien
3rd Period
03:12
WSH
Ben Clymer  Hooking against  Andre Roy
16:16
TBL
Cory Sarich  Holding against  Alexander Semin
16:16
WSH
Alexander Semin  Diving against  Cory Sarich
goalie stats
Marc Denis
SA: 5TOI: 11:39
Saves: 2EV: 2 - 4
PIM: 0PP: 0 - 1
SV%: .400SH: 0 - 0
Johan Holmqvist
SA: 24TOI: 48:17
Saves: 20EV: 19 - 23
PIM: 0PP: 0 - 0
SV%: .833SH: 1 - 1
Olie Kolzig
SA: 31TOI: 60:00
Saves: 30EV: 23 - 24
PIM: 0PP: 7 - 7
SV%: .968SH: 0 - 0