Capitals Vs. Lightning: Washington Falls 2-1 To Tampa Bay In Southeast Division Contest

The Washington Capitals failed to complete a weekend Florida sweep, losing 2-1 to the Tampa Bay Lightning a night after defeating the Florida Panthers.

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Capitals Vs. Lightning: Washington Comeback Bid Falls Short In 2-1 Loss To Tampa Bay

In a game that went down to the wire, the Washington Capitals suffered a 2-1 defeat Saturday night against the Tampa Bay Lightning. On the heels of last night's victory against the Florida Panthers, the Capitals were looking to end this two night stretch in the state of Florida with consecutive wins. Unfortunately, the play of Tampa's prolific Steven Stamkos and goalie Mathieu Garon propelled the Lightning to the victory.

Stamkos scored his NHL-leading 40th goal of the season early in the second period, grabbing an errant pass and beating Caps goalie Tomas Vokoun on a breakaway to give Tampa a 2-0 lead. Tom Pyatt also scored for the Lightning, while Garon collected 23 saves.

Center Brooks Laich notched the only goal for the Capitals at the 9:31 mark of the second period to cut the deficit to 2-1, but that was as close as Washington would get on this night. If the Capitals had won, they would have moved into a tie with the Panthers for first place in the Southeast Division of the Eastern Conference. Washington will look to rebound from this close loss when they travel to face the Carolina Hurricanes Tuesday night at the RBC Center.

For more on this game and all things Capitals hockey, please check out Japers' Rink. For a view from the other bench, please check out SB Nation's Tampa Bay Lightning blog Raw Charge. And for more on this and every NHL game, please check out the SB Nation NHL hub page.

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Capitals Vs. Lightning: Game Time, TV Schedule, Radio Stream And More

The Washington Capitals will be looking to even the season series against a Southeast Division foe, the Tampa Bay Lightning, Saturday night (7 p.m. on CSN). The Capitals (29-23-5) are coming off a come-from-behind victory, 2-1, Friday against the Florida Panthers, who had a 1-0 lead heading into the third period but lost.

Alex Ovechkin and Alexander Semin each tallied goals in the final period Friday, and will both try to help the Capitals even the season series against the host Lightning (25-26-6) at two games apiece. On Jan. 31, Tampa Bay defeated Washington, 4-3, at the Tampa Bay Times Form.

This will be the game No. 4 of 6 between these two teams this year.

For those fans who'd like to watch or listen to the game, here's the game time, TV and radio information:

Location: Tampa Bay Times Forum, Tampa Bay, FL

Game Time: 7 p.m. ET

TV schedule: Comcast Sports Network

Capitals radio: 1500 AM

Betting odds: Tampa Bay (-114)

For more on this game and all things Capitals hockey, please check out Japers' Rink. For a view from the other bench, please check out SB Nation's Tampa Bay Lightning blog Raw Charge. And for more on this and every NHL game, please check out the SB Nation NHL hub page.

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