The Tampa Bay Lightning shut down the NHL’s top scorer and rallied from a two-goal deficit for a quality win.
Brayden Point scored on a power play in overtime, Tampa Bay held high-scoring Alex Ovechkin pointless and the Lightning beat the Washington Capitals 4-3 on Monday night.
Backstrom and Oshie, on a power play deflection from the slot, scored 1:23 apart late in the first as Washington took a 2-0 lead.
After Killorn and Oshie, with the man advantage, traded goals early in the second, Kunitz’s redirection cut the deficit to 3-2 with 1:51 left in the period.
“A good building block for our team,” Kunitz said.
Grubauer made several strong saves, including Steven Stamkos’ left circle drive, during an early third period power play.
Vasilevskiy stopped a first-period breakaway by Evgeny Kuznetsov, who got his eighth assist on Oshie’s second goal.
“We had a couple chances to make it 4-1 and we didn’t,” Trotz said. “They just chipped away.”
It was just Tampa Bay’s second win in the last nine games against Washington. … Oshie has 12 goals and 22 points in 15 games against Tampa Bay. … Backstrom’s goal was his 189th Make Your Own Cheap Jerseys goal with the Capitals and moved him past Bob Carpenter into eighth place on the franchise career list. … Tampa Bay sent F Michael Bournival to Syracuse of the AHL.
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