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Capitals 4, Lightning 2

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:51 AM

Associated Press

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Capitals 4, Lightning 2
Washington Capitals 4, Tampa Bay Lightning 2

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -The Washington Capitals took care of important business against the woeful Tampa Bay Lightning.

Brooks Laich had two goals and the Capitals secured the second seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs with a 4-2 victory over Tampa Bay on Thursday night.

"We're definitely proud of our accomplishments, but we haven't done nothing yet," said Washington defenseman Mike Green, who had a goal and two assists.

Laich and David Steckel scored 31 seconds apart early in the second to gave the Capitals a 3-1 lead.

Washington set a franchise record with 108 points and tied a team mark with 50 wins, matching the 1985-86 team.

"I think you've got to rank this team up there with a lot of them," Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau said. "I think it's quite an accomplishment in today's day and age with the salary cap and all the teams have the ability to be equal. But I think the best team in Capitals history has got to win the Stanley Cup because they've been there and lost it."

The Capitals have won 11 consecutive games against Tampa Bay. It ties an 11-game winning streak from March 12, 1998, to March 15, 2000, against the New York Islanders for the longest victory run over one opponent in team history.

Steven Stamkos and Matt Pettinger scored for the Lightning, who have lost eight in a row and 11 of 12. Tampa Bay will end the season with the NHL's worst home record at 12-18-11.

"We showed some character, came back and made a game of out it," Stamkos said. "It's been a long season. Hopefully we can learn from this season. Learn how it feels to lose and hopefully not have that feeling ever again."

Stamkos set a Tampa Bay record for rookies with his 22nd goal to make it 1-0 just 36 seconds into the game. He had shared the mark with Brad Richards, who had 21 goals during his rookie season in 2000-01.

Laich tied it 1 on a power-play rebound goal at 9:19 of the first.

"It's always nice to score a couple," he said.

Pettinger cut the Tampa Bay deficit to 3-2 with 7:07 left in the third. Green scored an empty-net goal with 4.8 seconds to play.

Washington left wing Alexander Ovechkin, second in the NHL scoring race with 108 points, didn't have a point. The league-leader with 55 goals has not scored in his last three games.

Notes: Referee Don Koharski worked his final game, ending a 32-year on-ice NHL career. Many of the players shook hands with Koharski after the game ended. ... Green has 73 points for the season. ... Capitals D Tom Poti (groin) was out of the lineup. With the playoffs upcoming, Washington is taking a conservative approach with Poti, who has missed two straight games. ... Washington G Jose Theodore played in his 500th NHL game. ... Capitals LW Donald Brashear (knee) and C Boyd Gordon (finger) didn't play.

scoring summary
1st Period
00:36
TBL
Steven Stamkos (22) ASST: Zenon Konopka (1), Martin St. Louis (50)
1 - 0 TBL
09:19
WSH
PPG - Brooks Laich (21) ASST: Nicklas Backstrom (64), Mike Green (41)
1 - 1 Tie
2nd Period
05:37
WSH
Brooks Laich (22) ASST: Mike Green (42), Michael Nylander (24)
2 - 1 WSH
06:08
WSH
David Steckel (8) ASST: Matt Bradley (6), Keith Aucoin (4)
3 - 1 WSH
3rd Period
12:53
TBL
Matt Pettinger (7) ASST: Paul Szczechura (5), Vladimir Mihalik (3)
3 - 2 WSH
19:55
WSH
EN - Mike Green (31) ASST: NONE
4 - 2 WSH
penalty summary
1st Period
02:44
WSH
John Erskine  Cross checking against  Zenon Konopka
06:15
WSH
Sergei Fedorov  Hooking against  Martin St. Louis
08:53
TBL
Matt Smaby  Holding against  Alex Ovechkin
08:53
TBL
Evgeny Artyukhin  Unsportsmanlike conduct
16:01
TBL
David Koci  Hi-sticking against  Jeff Schultz
18:00
TBL
Matt Smaby  Slashing against  Alex Ovechkin
19:18
WSH
Alex Ovechkin  Tripping against  Martin St. Louis
2nd Period
03:35
TBL
Evgeny Artyukhin  Tripping against  John Erskine
08:02
WSH
Sergei Fedorov  Hooking against  Steven Stamkos
13:55
WSH
Shaone Morrisonn  Interference against  Zenon Konopka
3rd Period
NONE
goalie stats
Jose Theodore
SA: 24TOI: 59:50
Saves: 22EV: 14 - 16
PIM: 0PP: 8 - 8
SV%: .917SH: 0 - 0
Karri Ramo
SA: 32TOI: 58:53
Saves: 29EV: 23 - 25
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 5
SV%: .906SH: 2 - 2