WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 29: Dwayne Roloson #35 of the Tampa Bay Lightning celebrates with Mattias Ohlund #5 and Eric Brewer #2 after a 4-2 victory against the Washington Capitals in Game One of the Eastern Conference Semifinal during the 2011 NHL Stanley Cup Finals at the Verizon Center on April 29, 2011 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

Lightning Vs. Capitals, Game 2: Tampa Bay Wins It In Overtime, Grabs 2-0 Series Lead

Vincent Lecavalier scored the game-winning goal in overtime as the Tampa Bay Lightning held off 37 shots from the Washington Capitals to grab a 2-0 series lead. The scene shifts to Florida for Game 3 on Tuesday.

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Lightning Vs. Capitals, Game 2: What Can You Say About Vincent Lecavalier?

Vincent Lecavalier's second goal of the game came at 6:19 of overtime, to lift Tampa Bay over Washington, 3-2, in Game 2 of this Eastern Conference semifinal.

Randy Jones took advantage of a slow Capitals shift change, flipping a pass from deep inside his own zone up to Teddy Purcell at the Washington blue line. Purcell was free to down the left wing, then feed to Lecavalier in front for a shot that was chipped over Michal Neuvirth for the winner.

For Lightning fans, there isn't much left to say about Lecavalier.

What can you say about Vincent Lecavalier that hasn't already been said? Maybe his first time around, he wasn't ready to be captain. But now, he's as much a captain of this team as his idol Steve Yzerman was of his.

Meanwhile the Caps are hitting themselves after missing a golden opportunity to get back in this series.

The Caps wasted a valiant come-back on a night when the Lightning were missing two regulars, Pavel Kubina and Simon Gagne. Alex Ovechkin tied the game at two with 1:08 left in the third period, sending the Verizon Center faithful into a frenzy. It wasn't enough though, and the Caps now have to find a way to win four of the next five games to extend their season.

For more, check with our Lightning vs. Capitals hub, as well as with our blogs: Japers' Rink covering the Capitals and Raw Charge covering the Lightning.   

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Lightning Vs. Capitals, Game 2 Final Score: Vincent Lecavalier's OT Winner Gives Tampa Bay 2-0 Series Lead

The Washington Capitals had all the momentum and all the jump as overtime began in Game 2 against the Tampa Bay Lightning, but tired personnel and a bad line change led to a wide-open Vincent Lecavalier in front of the net just 6:19 into the extra session. He didn't miss.

Lecavalier received a pass from Teddy Purcell right on the door step, forced goaltender Michal Neuvirth into making the first move and then roofed a shot over the shoulder and into the top shelf. The Lightning won the game, 3-2, and now hold a 2-0 lead in the series after two games on the road in D.C.

The Capitals threw everything they had at Dwayne Roloson and the Lightning, dominating the game for long stretches of time. That's why the way the final goal happened -- basically allowing Purcell to streak down the far wing untouched while the Caps made a line change due to a few fatigued men on the ice -- was so ironic. Given the way the game played out, the Lightning should have been the ones caught napping at some point.

But that's the way it played out. Two close, tight games that the Bolts have been fortunate enough to win. We head to Tampa Bay for Game 3 on Tuesday.

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Lightning Vs. Capitals, Game 2 Score: Alex Ovechkin's Late Heroics Send Game To Overtime, Tied 2-2

Even early in Game 2 when the Washington Capitals weren't getting much going in terms of offense, Alex Ovechkin was the guy who still looked like he would break through for the home team against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

So, it took a while and all, but Ovechkin finally did score with just 1:07 left in the third period to send the contest to overtime. He was lost in coverage in front of the net and when the Capitals crashed Dwayne Roloson's crease, the puck popped out to No. 8 and he made sure he didn't miss the back of the net.

Earlier in the third period, Martin St. Louis pulled the Lightning ahead of the Caps with his fifth goal of the postseason. 

Now we head to overtime, and you have to think that the Capitals have all the momentum in front of their home crowd. That's just the thing, though. The Caps were in total control after the way the played the second period, too, and the Lightning came out in the third and were able to grab the tie-breaking goal. We'll see what happens in OT.

For more, check with our Lightning vs. Capitals hub, as well as with our blogs: Japers' Rink covering the Capitals and Raw Charge covering the Lightning.    

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Lightning Vs. Capitals, Game 2 Score: Brooks Laich Evens Score, 1-1, As Washington Takes Over

The second period of Game 2 between the Tampa Bay Lightning and Washington Capitals was a completely lopsided affair. The home-standing Caps out-shot the Bolts 16 to 3 in the period, but Dwayne Roloson was brilliant throughout.

He and the Bolts almost escaped the period without allowing a goal, but with about five minutes left, a funny dribbler around the crease found its way across the goal line. Brooks Laich was credited with the tally, and the score is now evened up.

The goal was basically the result of the Caps just wearing out the Lightning, and when you control the puck for long stretches of time and you keep it in the offensive end, you're going to score goals eventually, no matter the performance of the man in the crease. That's exactly what the Capitals have done, and if you're a Lightning fan, you better hope things get back to the even pace we saw in the first period. 

For more, check with our Lightning vs. Capitals hub, as well as with our blogs: Japers' Rink covering the Capitals and Raw Charge covering the Lightning.    

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Lightning Vs. Capitals, Game 2 Score: Dwayne Roloson Keeping Washington Off Board; Bolts Up, 1-0

Vincent Lecavalier has the lone goal so far for the Tampa Bay Lightning, and a big reason why they're up 1-0 over the Washington Capitals midway through Game 2 has been the special teams play. Lecavalier's goal came on the power play, a unit that's been key in the Bolts game all season long.

On the flip side of the token, the Lightning have used their fantastic penalty kill to shut down five Capitals power play opportunities. When you're going to the box that often, it's usually not a good sign, but with Washington unable to cash in with the extra man, it's been nothing more than a minor, two-minute-long inconvenience. 

Dwayne Roloson has been spectacular yet again for the Lightning. His 20 saves are another big reason why the Bolts hold the edge. The Capitals offense has not been able to get much going in terms of sustained pressure and second chance oppotunities, mostly thanks to Roloson's phenomenal play. They're trying, though.

For more, check with our Lightning vs. Capital hub, as well as with our blogs: Japers' Rink covering the Capitals and Raw Charge covering the Lightning.     

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Lightning Vs. Capitals, Game 2: Can Tampa Steal First Two Games In Washington?

The Tampa Bay Lightning kept their scoring ways going in Game 1 against the Washington Capitals on Friday night, but heading into Sunday evening's Game 2, they'll be without Simon Gagne for the entire contest. With all due respect to 24 year old forward Blair Jones, he doesn't exactly have the pedigree that Gagne does when it comes to playoff scoring.

So how will the Lightning be able to keep up the attack with Gagne out? For starters, they'll need continued contributions from the third line of Steve Downie, Sean Bergenheim and Dominic Moore. They were successful in Game 1 and when they're rolling, they add another layer to the offense behind the big guns of Vincent Lecavalier, Martin St. Louis and Steven Stamkos. There are plenty of threats at Guy Boucher's disposal, even without Gagne

For the Capitals, they hope to have young stud defenseman John Carlson back in the lineup for Game 2. Carlson left the game on Friday night after a colliding with Nate Thompson

It's Dwayne Roloson vs. Michal Neuvirth in goal yet again. The game is on Versus and CBC at 7 p.m. ET. For more, check with our Lightning vs. Capital hub, as well as with our blogs: Japers' Rink covering the Capitals and Raw Charge covering the Lightning. 

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