Final SO

Series (Game 1 of 6)

Series tied 3-3

Game 1: Monday, October 10th
Game 2: Friday, January 13th
Game 3: Tuesday, January 31st
Game 4: Saturday, February 18th
Game 5: Thursday, March 8th
Game 6: Monday, April 2nd

Lightning 5

(1-1-1, 3 pts)

Capitals 6

(2-0-0, 4 pts)

Coverage: NBCSN

7:00 PM ET, October 10, 2011

Verizon Center, Washington, District of Columbia

1 2 3 SO T
TB 2 1 2 05
WSH 2 1 2 16

J. Chimera (Capitals - LW): Goals: 2, Assists: 0

M. Johansson (Capitals - LW): Goals: 1, Assists: 1

D. Moore (Lightning - C): Goals: 1, Assists: 1

Lightning-Capitals Preview


The Washington Capitals added to their streak of Southeast Division titles in 2010-11 by holding off a resurgent Tampa Bay team.

The Lightning, though, got the better of the Capitals when it counted, quickly sending Washington home to ponder another disappointing postseason.

The teams will meet for the first time since that Eastern Conference semifinal series Monday night at the Verizon Center.

Tampa Bay led the Southeast as late as March 5 last season before succumbing to Washington's 16-3-1 finishing surge. The top-seeded Capitals easily won their initial playoff series, but were swept by the Lightning in the next one.

During their four-year reign atop the division, the Capitals have won just two postseason series.

"That was last year. This year is going to be much different," forward Alex Ovechkin said following a 4-3 overtime win over Carolina in Saturday's season opener.

Ovechkin's status was initially uncertain after he spent most of last week in Russia following his uncle's death, but he recorded an assist in a back-and-forth game that Mike Green ended with a power-play goal.

Brooks Laich also converted a power play late in regulation, while Alexander Semin and Jason Chimera each scored in the second period for Washington (1-0-0). Semin had two hat tricks last season against the Lightning to help the Capitals to a 4-1-1 record in the regular-season series.

Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom registered 10 points apiece in those games as Washington improved to 19-3-1 in the last 23 regular-season matchups against Tampa Bay. The Capitals are 9-1-1 in the past 11 meetings at the Verizon Center.

Vincent Lecavalier, though, had two goals and two assists during the Lightning's two postseason victories in Washington, including the overtime winner in Game 2.

"They've got a lot of weapons. They're a very good team," Washington coach Bruce Boudreau said. "It should be an interesting game."

The Lightning (1-1-0) are coming off an up-and-down weekend. They cruised to a 5-1 rout at Carolina in Friday's season opener but fell 4-1 at Boston the next night in a rematch of last season's Eastern Conference finals.

Tampa Bay went 0 for 5 on the power play against the defending Stanley Cup champions after starting its five-game road trip with a 2-for-6 performance.

"We knew coming in that this trip was going to be a good test for us," forward Adam Hall told the Lightning's official website. "Obviously at the beginning of any season you want to come out strong and put your best foot forward, but at the same time we knew a lot of these teams were going to give us their best stuff."

After resting Saturday, Dwayne Roloson might return to the Lightning's net Monday. The veteran, who will turn 42 on Wednesday, is 6-1-1 with a 1.83 goals-against average in his last eight matchups against Washington including playoffs.

Tomas Vokoun is expected to make his debut for the Capitals. The former Florida Panthers goaltender, acquired via free agency this summer, is 4-0-1 with a 1.55 GAA in his last five games against the Lightning.