Lightning crashes in 6-0 loss to Capitals

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The Capitals' offensive efforts didn’t end there, as a Washington power play resulted in a second goal from Semin’s off the left circle, assisted by Nicklas Backstrom and Alexander Ovechkin. With the score 4-0, Dan Ellis replaced Smith in the Tampa Bay net.

Still in the second, penalties to both Steven Stamkos and Mattias Ohlund left the Lightning to kill off a 5-on-3, ultimately giving Semin an early hat trick, taking advantage of Backstrom’s pass across the right side of the net. This, notably, is Semin’s second hat trick against Tampa Bay in only two games this season.

After two more power play opportunities, the Lightning finished the second period with only four shots on goal in the second, trailing Washington 5-0.

The Lightning continued to disappoint in the third period, giving up another goal to the Capitals' Tom Poti 14 minutes in.

And so, the Lightning reveal that they are not the most dominant force in the Southeastern Division, having fallen to the Capitals in both meetings this season. The Bolts (13-8-2) return home Saturday night to face the Florida Panthers at 7:30 p.m. at the St. Pete Times Forum.

The Tampa Bay Lightning fell in a devastating loss 6-0 to the Washington Capitals Friday evening, putting an emphatic end to the team's five-game win streak.

The Capitals came out strong in the first period, opening the scoring in the first three minutes when John Carlson’s shot rocketed off the top of the right circle to the net before Lightning goaltender Mike Smith had a chance to react. Tampa Bay resisted the Capitals for the rest of the first, including killing off a penalty. Tampa Bay had four shots on goal in the period, compared to Washington’s 10.

The Capitals, with a record of picking up speed in the last 40 minutes, followed suit to kill off two back-to-back Lightning power plays in the first four minutes of the second. Tampa Bay had extensive trouble crossing the Capitals' defense throughout the game, and allowed a second goal, raising the score 2-0 with an unassisted goal from John Erskine. The third tally against came on a pass from Marcus Johannsen to Alexander Semin, who shot the puck in from the left circle, giving the Capitals a three-point lead.

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