Lightning 5, Capitals 2
WASHINGTON (AP) _ Wendel Clark scored two goals as Tampa Bay beat Washington 5-2 Wednesday night, extending the Capitals’ winless streak to five games.
Daren Puppa made 34 saves for the Lightning, which finished a four-game road trip 2-2-0. It was the first Southeast Division victory for Tampa Bay, which had been 0-2-1 against division opponents.
Joe Juneau had a goal and an assist for the Capitals, who are 0-3-2 in their last five games. Washington is 3-5-3 overall, the first time in coach Ron Wilson’s 93-game tenure that the team has slumped two games under .500.
Andrei Nazarov, Steve Kelly and Daymond Langkow also scored for the Lightning.
Brian Bellows scored for Washington, and Adam Oates got his 800th career assist.
The Lightning took a 1-0 lead when Clark scored his seventh goal of the season on a wrist shot from between the circles with 1:05 left in the first period.
Bellows and Nazarov traded goals in a 1:20 span early in the second period. Bellows got his first goal of the season off a pass from Juneau at 1:07, but Nazarov responded with a shot that bounced in off a Washington defender for his first goal and a 2-1 lead.
Kelly scored on a rebound of Cory Cross’ hard shot from the right point at 13:21, giving Tampa Bay a two-goal cushion that stood until Juneau’s power-play goal with 1:15 left in the period.
With Washington holding a two-man advantage, Juneau fired a slap shot past Puppa from the left circle.
Clark got his second goal of the night with Tampa Bay skating 5-on-3 early in the third period. His shot from the left side struck Olaf Kolzig and rolled over the goalie as he slid to block it.
Langkow had an empty-net goal with seven seconds left.