On March 27, 2008, the Caps visited Tampa Bay to take on the Lightning. Washington came away with a 4-3 win on overtime, the team’s third straight victory on the road and its seventh win in its past eight games.
Brooks Laich got the Caps started with a shorthanded goal at 17:58 of the first period. Ex-Cap Jeff Halpern tied it on a Lightning power play just 42 seconds later, sending the two teams to the game’s first intermission deadlocked at 1-1.
Washington’s Matt Bradley scored at 3:11 of the second to give the Capitals the lead, but the advantage was short-lived. Less than three minutes after Bradley’s goal, the Lightning drew even on an Alexandre Picard tally.
When the Lightning’s Michel Ouellet scored early in the third, Tampa Bay took its first lead of the night. But with just 4:48 remaining in regulation, Washington’s Alexander Semin netted the tying goal with help from fellow Russian Sergei Fedorov.
Midway through the overtime session, Washington winger Tomas Fleischmann scored to lift the Capitals to a 4-3 victory. Laich and Mike Green assisted on the overtime game-winner.
Caps goalie Cristobal Huet made 23 saves to earn the win over Tampa Bay’s Karri Ramo (28 saves).
Washington went on to win each of its final four games of the season in 2008, outscoring its foes by a combined 14-3 in the process to take the Southeast Division crown on the final weekend of the 2007-08 season.