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Lightning Return the Favor in Shootout Against Caps

by Staff Writer / Washington Capitals
WASHINGTON (Ticker) -- Vaclav Prospal and the Tampa Bay Lightning continued their recent surge and a got a measure of revenge while doing it. Prospal scored in the fifth round of the shootout and John Grahame came up big after a slow start as the Lightning posted a 4-3 victory over the Washington Capitals. Tampa Bay has won five of its last six games. The only loss in that span was a 4-3 shootout loss to Washington on November 15. Rookie Alexander Ovechkin scored with 1:15 left in regulation in that game and tallied the only goal in the shootout. This time, Ovechkin beat Grahame to give Washington a 1-0 lead in the shootout after Vincent Lecavalier was stymied by Olaf Kolzig. But that would be Washington's only tally in the shootout and Tampa Bay pulled even when Brad Richards beat Kolzig with a nifty last-second move to his backhand. Prospal scored to Kolzig's stick side to give Tampa Bay a 2-1 lead in the shootout after Matt Pettinger, Brian Willsie and Jeff Halpern and were unable to get the puck past Grahame. Tomas Fleischmann had a chance to extend the shootout but his attempt slid wide, ending the game. The Capitals had a 3-0 lead in the second period but were unable to hold on and lost for the sixth time in eight games.
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