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NHL Game Summary - Washington at Tampa Bay



(Thursday, January 9th)

Final Score: Washington 4, Tampa Bay 3

Tampa, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Eric Fehr scored a pair of goals, including the game-winner with 52 seconds left, as the Washington Capitals took a 4-3 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday.

Marcus Johansson and Mikhail Grabovski also scored while Nicklas Backstrom and Alex Ovechkin added one assist apiece for the Capitals, who snapped a four- game skid. Philipp Grubauer made 33 saves in the win.

"We were lucky to be able to come back and get the win," Fehr said.

Tyler Johnson, B.J. Crombeen and Ondrej Palat scored one goal apiece for the Lightning, who had won three of four entering the contest. Anders Lindback allowed all four goals on 20 shots in the setback.

Washington led 3-2 entering the final period, but Palat tipped in a Matt Carle shot from the point to tie things up at 14:30.

Fehr, though, netted the game-winner off a Mike Green shot from the right circle. Green fired a shot into traffic and Fehr happened to be in the right place at the right time and re-directed the disc into the back of the net.

"We clearly did not manage the last minute of the game," Tampa Bay head coach Jon Cooper said. "We just broke down at the end. We haven't done that all year and I suppose at some point it was bound to happen."

The Capitals were able to hold off a late surge from the Lightning to secure the win.

Johnson opened up the scoring just over four minutes in. Palat skipped a pass to Johnson on a breakaway. Johnson skated in and drew Grubauer out of the net and on his knees before going top shelf for the goal.

The Caps scored the next three goals to take a 3-1 lead after 20 minutes.

First, Fehr took a cross-ice feed from Ovechkin and was able to sneak the puck past Lindback's glove and the far post to tie things up at 7:04.

Just over 3 1/2 minutes later, Grabovski lit the lamp on a power play when he wristed one into the back of the net from right circle.

Johansson capped the big period with his power-play marker with just 12 seconds remaining in the first. Backstrom passed it to Johansson on the goal line and he skated to the front of a wide-open net and stuffed it home.

Crombeen's first goal of the season made it 3-2 at the 6:45 mark of the second.

Game Notes

Backstrom is fourth in the NHL with 37 assists ... The Caps were 2-for-3 on the power play ... Washington opens a three-game homestand with Toronto on Friday ... Palat also had an assist ... Tampa Bay opens a four-game road trip in Philadelphia on Saturday.

01/10 00:05:49 ET

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Standings

2013 - 2014 NHL Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
p-Boston 54 19 9 117 261 177 31-7-3 23-12-6 18-9-3
x-Tampa Bay 46 27 9 101 240 215 25-10-6 21-17-3 19-8-3
x-Montreal 46 28 8 100 215 204 23-13-5 23-15-3 18-8-4
x-Detroit 39 28 15 93 222 230 18-13-10 21-15-5 17-8-5
Ottawa 37 31 14 88 236 265 18-17-6 19-14-8 14-9-7
Toronto 38 36 8 84 231 256 24-16-1 14-20-7 14-13-3
Florida 29 45 8 66 196 268 16-20-5 13-25-3 13-16-1
Buffalo 21 51 10 52 157 248 13-21-7 8-30-3 7-18-5
 
Metropolitan Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Pittsburgh 51 24 7 109 249 207 28-9-4 23-15-3 20-8-2
x-NY Rangers 45 31 6 96 218 193 20-17-4 25-14-2 16-11-3
x-Philadelphia 42 30 10 94 236 235 24-14-3 18-16-7 15-11-4
x-Columbus 43 32 7 93 231 216 22-15-4 21-17-3 16-13-1
Washington 38 30 14 90 235 240 21-13-7 17-17-7 12-15-3
New Jersey 35 29 18 88 197 208 21-11-9 14-18-9 16-9-5
Carolina 36 35 11 83 207 230 18-17-6 18-18-5 15-13-2
NY Islanders 34 37 11 79 225 267 13-19-9 21-18-2 10-16-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
2013 - 2014 NHL Western Conference Standings
 
Central Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Colorado 52 22 8 112 250 220 26-11-4 26-11-4 19-6-3
x-St. Louis 52 23 7 111 248 191 28-9-4 24-14-3 21-6-2
x-Chicago 46 21 15 107 267 220 27-7-7 19-14-8 13-13-3
x-Minnesota 43 27 12 98 207 206 26-10-5 17-17-7 14-12-3
x-Dallas 40 31 11 91 235 228 23-11-7 17-20-4 13-11-5
Nashville 38 32 12 88 216 242 19-17-5 19-15-7 12-13-4
Winnipeg 37 35 10 84 227 237 18-17-6 19-18-4 9-15-5
 
Pacific Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
z-Anaheim 54 20 8 116 266 209 29-8-4 25-12-4 22-4-3
x-San Jose 51 22 9 111 249 200 29-7-5 22-15-4 18-7-3
x-Los Angeles 46 28 8 100 206 174 23-14-4 23-14-4 16-10-3
Phoenix 37 30 15 89 216 231 22-14-5 15-16-10 14-9-6
Vancouver 36 35 11 83 196 223 20-15-6 16-20-5 12-13-4
Calgary 35 40 7 77 209 241 19-19-3 16-21-4 11-15-3
Edmonton 29 44 9 67 203 270 16-22-3 13-22-6 8-17-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
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