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NHL Game Summary - Tampa Bay at Washington



(Sunday, April 13th)

Final Score: Tampa Bay 1, Washington 0 (SO)

Washington, DC (SportsNetwork.com) - It took a little extra to do so, but the Tampa Bay Lightning will be beginning the playoffs at home.

Anders Lindback stopped 18 shots through regulation and overtime, then turned back all three Washington skaters in the shootout to give the Lightning a 1-0 win that secured home-ice advantage for their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series.

Matt Carle potted the lone goal during the deciding phase to help Tampa Bay (46-27-9) finish a point ahead of Montreal for second place in the Atlantic Division. The Lightning and Canadiens will square off in the best-of-seven opening round.

"I feel like in a lot of ways they're a similar team to us," said Lindback of the Canadiens. "They're fast, a lot of skilled guys and they move the puck really well. Obviously they have great goaltending. It's going to be for sure a good matchup and tough games."

Washington (38-30-14), out of the playoffs for the first time since 2007, had a four-game win streak halted despite Braden Holtby's 32-save effort.

"We were never able to kind of get into a rhythm, throw together a good run of games, collect and stockpile points at any one time," Caps forward Troy Brouwer said of the team's disappointing season. "We had to battle for them in little chunks here and there. As a result, we are handing out our jerseys and going home for the summer today."

Both goaltenders were superb through 65 minutes of play to bring about the shootout, which began with Lindback stopping Evgeny Kuznetsov on a low forehand attempt before Carle snapped a shot between Holtby's pads.

Alex Ovechkin then tried a between-the-legs trick shot that landed right in Lindback's breadbasket, but Holtby kept the Capitals alive with a left-pad save on Michael Kostka. Nicklas Backstrom fired wide of the net to open the third round, however, to give Tampa Bay the important extra point.

The game remained deadlocked through two periods despite the Lightning dominating play for much of the way, registering 23 shots to the Capitals' seven. A busy Holtby kept his team in it, however, by making 11 saves in the opening frame and 12 more during a penalty-free second.

Washington stepped up its attack in the third, putting up 11 shots and testing Lindback during an early power play in which the Tampa netminder made strong kick saves on Backstrom and Brouwer.

"You want your goalie to make all of the saves he should. Sometimes he's got to make a save or two that he probably shouldn't," Lightning head coach Jon Cooper remarked. "He came up big and held us in there until we got to the shootout, and then I guess it's only fitting that he shuts the door on the three. I'm really proud of him in one sense and really happy for him in another."

Later on, Holtby thwarted a one-timer from Ryan Callahan on a 3-on-2 rush with just over three minutes left to eventually force OT.

Tampa Bay registered the only shot during the five-minute overtime session.

Game Notes

The Lightning had lost five straight to the Caps and were 0-2-4 at the Verizon Center since last winning there on Jan. 4, 2011 ... Washington set a franchise record for shootouts in a season (21) and went 10-11 in such finishes ... The Lightning were 8-6 in shootouts ... Ovechkin will take home his fourth career Rocket Richard Trophy and second straight after leading the NHL with 51 goals ... Lindback's shutout was the third of his career, with the other two coming during his rookie campaign with Nashville in 2010-11 ... Lightning forward Ryan Malone, arrested for DUI and possession of cocaine in Tampa early Saturday morning, did not make the trip, while teammate Teddy Purcell missed a second straight game due to illness ... Washington forward Peter LeBlanc made his NHL debut.

04/13 18:59:53 ET

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Final
ROC 8
DUR 2
 
2:30pm Friday
STONYBROOK
NCSTATE
 
7:05pm Friday
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6:35pm Saturday
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DUR
 
5:05pm Sunday
SYR
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Final
TEX 3
CLE 12
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COL 6
CIN 4
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MIA 2
PIT 5
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CWS 5
TOR 3
Final
KAN 2
NYY 4
Final
BOS 4
MIN 6
Final
PHI 0
NYM 7
Final
SEA 3
TAM 0
Final
SFG 3
MIL 1
Final
DET 3
OAK 2
Final
HOU 4
BAL 5
8th
WAS 2
CHC 0
 
7th
ARI 3
STL 2
 
2nd
SDP 0
ANA 0
 
1st
ATL 0
LOS 0
 
1:05pm Thursday
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BAL
 
4:35pm Thursday
CWS
BAL
 
8:05pm Thursday
BOS
TEX
 
10:05pm Thursday
DET
ANA
 
10:05pm Thursday
NYY
OAK
 
10:10pm Thursday
CLE
SEA
 
10:10pm Thursday
PIT
SDP
 
10:15pm Thursday
ATL
SFG
 
4:05pm Friday
KAN
CHC
 
7:05pm Friday
COL
PHI
 
7:05pm Friday
TAM
BAL
 
7:10pm Friday
MIA
NYM
 
7:10pm Friday
WAS
CIN
 
8:05pm Friday
BOS
TEX
 
8:10pm Friday
ARI
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8:10pm Friday
CWS
HOU
 
8:10pm Friday
TOR
MIN
 
8:15pm Friday
LOS
STL
 
10:05pm Friday
DET
ANA
 
10:05pm Friday
NYY
OAK
 
10:10pm Friday
CLE
SEA
 
10:10pm Friday
PIT
SDP
 
10:15pm Friday
ATL
SFG
 
2:10pm Saturday
TOR
MIN
 
3:05pm Saturday
COL
PHI
 
4:05pm Saturday
TAM
BAL
 
4:10pm Saturday
ARI
MIL
 
4:10pm Saturday
CWS
HOU
 
4:10pm Saturday
MIA
NYM
 
4:10pm Saturday
WAS
CIN
 
7:15pm Saturday
BOS
TEX
 
7:15pm Saturday
KAN
CHC
 
7:15pm Saturday
LOS
STL
 
10:05pm Saturday
ATL
SFG
 
10:05pm Saturday
DET
ANA
 
10:05pm Saturday
NYY
OAK
 
10:10pm Saturday
CLE
SEA
 
10:10pm Saturday
PIT
SDP
 
1:10pm Sunday
MIA
NYM
 
1:10pm Sunday
WAS
CIN
 
1:35pm Sunday
COL
PHI
 
1:35pm Sunday
TAM
BAL
 
2:10pm Sunday
ARI
MIL
 
2:10pm Sunday
CWS
HOU
 
2:10pm Sunday
TOR
MIN
 
2:15pm Sunday
LOS
STL
 
2:20pm Sunday
KAN
CHC
 
3:05pm Sunday
BOS
TEX
 
4:05pm Sunday
ATL
SFG
 
4:05pm Sunday
NYY
OAK
 
4:10pm Sunday
CLE
SEA
 
8:05pm Sunday
DET
ANA
 
9:10pm Sunday
PIT
SDP
 
Half
HOU 46
GSW 52
 
9:00pm Friday
GSW
HOU
 
9:00pm Sunday
HOU
GSW
 
3rd
ANA 2
CHI 3
 
8:00pm Friday
TAM
NYR
 
8:00pm Saturday
CHI
ANA
 
12:00pm Friday
AUBURN
CHARLESTON
 
1:00pm Friday
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1:00pm Friday
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1:00pm Friday
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1:00pm Friday
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1:00pm Friday
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2:00pm Friday
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2:30pm Friday
STONYBROOK
NCSTATE
 
2:30pm Friday
TEXAS
OREGONST
 
3:00pm Friday
INDIANA
RADFORD
 
3:30pm Friday
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RICE
 
4:00pm Friday
LEHIGH
LSU
 
6:00pm Friday
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6:00pm Friday
CLEMSON
ARIZONAST
 
6:00pm Friday
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FLORIDAST
 
6:00pm Friday
MOREHEADST
LOUISVILLE
 
6:00pm Friday
VIRGINIA
USC
 
7:00pm Friday
FIU
MIAFLA
 
7:00pm Friday
FLAAM
FLORIDA
 
7:00pm Friday
MARYLAND
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7:00pm Friday
SACREDHART
TCU
 
7:00pm Friday
STJOHNS
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7:00pm Friday
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7:00pm Friday
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8:00pm Friday
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8:00pm Friday
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8:00pm Friday
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8:00pm Friday
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10:00pm Friday
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11:00pm Friday
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Final
ROC 8
DUR 2
 
7:05pm Friday
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6:35pm Saturday
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5:05pm Sunday
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