WASHINGTON (AP) _ The player traded for Jaromir Jagr paid a nice dividend,
and so did the rookie goaltender called up the day before.
Anson Carter scored his first goal since his return to the Washington
Capitals, and Maxime Ouellet made 38 saves Tuesday night in a 2-1 victory that
snapped the Tampa Bay Lightning's six-game winning streak.
Carter had a goal and an assist, giving him four points in five games since
he was acquired in the salary-dumping trade that sent Jagr to the New York
``I've got a lot of pride, and I want to come here and help the Caps get
back in the playoffs,'' said Carter, who last played for Washington in 1997.
``Just because you get traded for a guy making a lot of money doesn't mean
you're going to forfeit anything.
``As far as myself vs. him, we're playing on totally different teams. Right
now I'm just forced to get an opportunity to come here with the Caps and be in
a leadership position.''
Jeff Halpern also scored for the last-place Capitals, who broke a three-game
home losing streak. Although next-to-last in the Eastern Conference, Washington
is 8-3-1-1 against Southeast Division opponents.
The Lightning had tied a franchise record by winning six straight, but John
Tortorella didn't sound at all like a coach with a 13-point lead in the
Asked if the law of averages caught up with his team, the angry coach shot
back: ``No. Not at all. The law of averages says you'd be a .500 hockey team,
so you play the game to win every night. Back-to-back, how many games, how many
you've won, it doesn't matter. This isn't a feel-good thing. We won a few games
and you feel good about it, so you lose one and it's OK. It isn't OK.''
Ouellet, giving Olaf Kolzig a rare night off, had a stellar game to improve
his season record to 2-2-1 and his career record to 2-3-1. Ouellet, recalled
from Portland of the AHL on Monday, made his first start for the Capitals since
Jan. 4. His other victory was a 5-0 shutout at Atlanta on Dec. 16.
Ouellet was recalled because the Capitals' other backup goaltender,
Rastislav Stana, was sent down to play in the AHL's All-Star game this weekend.
``You've just got to deal with it, whether it's hard or easy,'' Ouellet said
of the up-and-down moves. ``I have no choice. When I go back and forth I've got
to make the best out of it, and when I'm here I really have to make my best so
I can stay here as long as I want.''
Ouellet was denied a shutout by an odd third-period goal by Vincent
Lecavalier. Lecavalier's shot struck the right post, then hit Ouellet's face
mask before going into the net.