Capitals look to keep cruising against Lightning

Tampa Bay (10-16-10) at Washington (24-11-3), 7:00 p.m. EST

WASHINGTON (Ticker) — The Tampa Bay Lightning will be faced
with the unenviable task of trying to slow down the Washington
Capitals when the Southeast Division rivals square off Thursday.

Washington has won nine of 10 games and ascending to the top of
the division, in addition to taking over sole possession of
second place in the Eastern Conference with 51 points.

Though superstar Alex Ovechkin was kept off the scoresheet, the
Capitals claimed their most recent triumph on Tuesday with a 4-2
victory over Buffalo.

Ovechkin, third in the NHL in scoring with 49 points, has
registered 18 points over the club’s last 13 games.

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Brooks Laich did manage to find the net in the victory over the
Sabres – the sixth time in nine games he has done so – and
rookie Chris Bourque, the son of Hall of Fame defenseman Ray
Bourque, notched his first NHL goal.

The Lightning continued to muddle their way through the season
on Tuesday, suffering a 2-1 shootout loss to the Montreal

It marked the 34th time in 36 games this season that Tampa Bay
has scored three or fewer goals.

The Capitals won the first meeting of season between the clubs
on November 10, opening up a 3-0 first-period lead en route to a
4-2 victory.