WASHINGTON – Vincent Lecavalier scored his second goal of the game 6:19 into overtime as the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the top-seeded Washington Capitals 3-2 Sunday night for a 2-0 lead in the Eastern Conference semifinals.
Fifth-seeded Tampa Bay appeared headed for a much simpler victory, leading 2-1 in the third period, but two-time NHL MVP Alex Ovechkin forced the extra period by scoring with 67 seconds left in regulation.
Dwayne Roloson made 35 saves as the Lightning won their fifth consecutive game and fifth straight on the road. The series now shifts to Tampa for Game 3 on Tuesday, followed by Game 4 the next night.
Martin St. Louis scored Tampa Bay’s other goal. Brooks Laich scored for Washington in the second period.
Washington’s power play went 0-for-6 and is 0-for-11 in the series.
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP)—Defencemen Ian White and Niclas Wallin scored their first goals of the post-season and Antti Niemi made 33 saves to help San Jose take a 2-0 lead over Detroit in the Western Conference semifinal series.
White scored on a power play in the first period and Wallin extended the lead early in the third period as the Sharks put together two of their best back-to-back games to jump on top of the Red Wings for the second straight year.
The determined Sharks have won 10-of-12 games against Detroit.
Jimmy Howard was again strong for the Red Wings, making 35 saves, but he got little help from his teammates. The Red Wings hope to change their fortunes when the series shifts to Detroit for Games 3 and 4 starting Wednesday night.
The Red Wings got a power-play goal from Henrik Zetterberg with 6:02 remaining, but couldn’t tie the score.