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13.06.2014 09:01
The Lightning, who have given up four short-handed goals antworten

WASHINGTON -- With Washington trailing after two periods and in danger of losing its fourth consecutive game, Capitals coach Dale Hunter figured it was time for a little bit of a rallying cry. Fraser Forster World Cup Jersey . The gist of his speech in the locker room? According to forward Brooks Laich, "He said, Just quit trying to use your skill, and use your will a little bit more." Thats exactly what the Capitals did, and captain Alex Ovechkin led the way. After Marcus Johansson tied the game with 3:58 left in regulation, Ovechkin scored on a wrist shot at 4:09 of overtime, and Washington came back to beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-2 Thursday night. "Right now, its (a) pretty hard time," Ovechkin said of Washingtons struggles while it tries to make the playoffs. "We just have to keep going and keep going." Hes mired in his poorest season and entered Thursday with only 26 goals and 23 assists, going without a point in three games. The two-time NHL MVP celebrated the 12th overtime goal of his career -- he had one last week to beat the Islanders for Washingtons previous victory -- by yelling and racing over to leap into the boards after taking Dmitry Orlovs pass. The goal was set up by poor puck management by the Lightning, allowing Capitals defenceman Dennis Wideman to gain possession and send it to Orlov, who found Ovechkin all alone on the right side, instead of his usual perch on the left. "If you come in here and you get a point, its not supposed to be disappointing," Tampa Bay coach Guy Boucher said. "But its disappointing because it was just a dumb, dumb, dumb, dumb play, that last play." Ovechkins goal ruined the first NHL start by Lightning goalie Dustin Tokarski, who played quite well most of the evening and finished with 29 saves. The 22-year-old Canadian was recalled from Norfolk of the AHL on Wednesday, a day after Mathieu Garon got injured in a game. By the third period, Tokarski was severely dehydrated and fighting cramps. When there were breaks, he would drape an arm over his net to try to stay upright. Teddy Purcell helped the Lightning take the lead by extending his point streak to 11 games with a goal and an assist on power plays. He has seven goals and 15 assists during that run. About 11 minutes into the second period, Brett Connolly, a 19-year-old rookie forward, was hit in the head by what appeared to be Washington defenceman Mike Greens left arm. Connolly stayed down on the ice for a bit, then was taken toward the locker room. He returned before the end of the period. On the play, defenceman Orlov had Connolly pinned against the boards when Green joined in and knocked Connolly down. There was no penalty called. "I saw it. The league has to look at that. Its right at the head," Boucher said. "The heads targeted. For me, its clear. The ref didnt see it. But, you know, the refs are on the ice. They cant see everything. It happens so fast. Theres people beside them. "Its a head target. Its clear. We just watched it on video." Green wasnt available for comment after the game. Asked about the sequence, Hunter said: "Both teams were hitting hard." Washington led 1-0 after the first period on Keith Aucoins goal. Ryan Malone tied it for the Lightning at 7:25 of the second when the puck went in off his skate, and Purcell was credited with the go-ahead goal when his shot went in off Capitals defenceman John Carlsons skate with 1:18 left in that period. The Capitals managed only three shots in the second period, which closed with boos from the stands, a refrain growing more and more common. "We were frustrated. We were a little down on ourselves," Capitals defenceman Karl Alzner said, noting that before the third period, Hunter "just came in and pretty much told us to man up and start playing. Everybody." After getting that earful from Hunter, Washington applied a lot more pressure in the third and OT, resulting in Johanssons tying goal, then Ovechkins winner. "Well, you know, every game is like a playoff game right now," Hunter said. NOTES: Capitals goalie Tomas Vokoun made his first start in seven games, and first at home in a month, and made 24 saves. ... In his last eight games in the minors, Tokarski was 8-0 with a 1.75 goals-against average. ... Tampa Bay opens a season-high, seven-game homestand on Saturday against Carolina. ... After going 2-2-1 on its five-game homestand, Washington will play the next six of seven on the road. Chris Smalling Jersey . -- Martina Hingis won her first doubles title in seven years when she and Sabine Lisicki beat Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina 4-6, 6-4, 10-5 on Sunday at the Sony Open. Rickie Lambert Soccer Jersey . Last season, Luongo started the season as the backup to Cory Schneider, awaiting a trade that would never materialize. Then at the NHL Draft in June, the Canucks traded Schneider to the New Jersey Devils, making Luongo the starter once again. ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Ryan Getzlaf scored with 5.2 seconds left in overtime, Jonas Hiller made 31 saves in an emergency start to get his 18th career shutout, and the Anaheim Ducks beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 1-0 on Friday night. Viktor Fasth was scheduled to start in goal for the Ducks, but sustained a lower body injury during the warm-ups. So Hiller got the call got his second shutout of the season. Hiller was tested right away, stopping shots by Richard Panik and Mark Barberio during a power play after teammate Luca Sbisa was sent off for interference 1 1/2 minutes after the opening faceoff. The Ducks put 42 shots on Ben Bishop, who was magnificent right to the end. Getzlaf carried the puck into the Tampa Bay zone and took a wrist shot that glanced off the bottom of Bishops arm, but defenceman Sami Salo wasnt able to sweep away the loose puck and it dribbled across the goal line before Bishop could reach back for it. The goal was Getzlafs 13th. It was the first visit to Honda Center by the Lightning since Nov. 3, 2010, when the Ducks beat them 3-2 on another overtime goal by Getzlaf. Kyle Palmieri had a chance to put the Ducks ahead with about 9 1/2 minutes left in regulation when he circled the net and attempted a wraparound with Bishop way out of position, but Salo got his stick in the way at the last instant. Less than 2 minutes later, Tampa Bay centre Tyler Johnson made a terrific deke on defenceman Bryan Allen in the left circle and went in alone on Hiller, who thwarted him at the edge of the crease. The Lightning, who have given up four short-handed goals already this season, were bailed out twice by Bishop in the second period on excellent scoring chances by Andrew Cogliano. The Ducks, who came in with the third-worst penalty-killing percentage, shut down four Tampa Bay power plays before getting their first chance with the man advantaage. Jack Wilshere Jersey. Each team had a potential power play nullified by an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty against the player who was fouled. Right wing Tim Jackman made his Ducks debut a day after they acquired him from Calgary, and got into a fight with B.J. Crombeen midway through the first period during his second shift. The last time Jackman played against the Ducks on Oct. 16 at Anaheim, he received a game misconduct for butt-ending defenceman Sami Vatanen during the Flames 3-2 loss. Another of Jackmans new teammates is Sbisa, who got a five-minute major for head-butting him on Feb. 6, 2012, at Honda Center in the Ducks 3-2 shootout win. The Lightning lost the first three games of this western trip in regulation. The point they got out of this one prevented what would have been only the third time in club history that they failed to get a single standings point during a trip of four or more games. The only times it happened were Jan. 16-21, 2001 (Buffalo, Montreal, Ottawa and Columbus), and Nov. 5-11, 1997 (Anaheim, Los Angeles, San Jose and Phoenix). NOTES: Ducks assistant coach Scott Niedermayer was honoured by the club in a pregame ceremony for his induction into the Hall of Fame last Monday. The five-time All-Star was team captain during Anaheims 2006-07 Stanley Cup championship season, winning the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP. His 18-year career also included three Cups with New Jersey. ... Jackman will get to face his old teammates next Friday at Anaheim. ... Vatanen was recalled from Norfolk of the AHL after the Ducks placed D Francois Beauchemin on injured reserve. ... Crombeen is among 10 forwards in the league who have played at least 20 games this season without scoring a goal. ... The Lightning are 2-3-1 since leading scorer Steven Stamkos broke his right leg on Nov. 10 at Boston. ... Tampa Bay is 6-1 in games that have gone past regulation. ' ' '

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