The Tampa Bay Lightning don’t technically need to win any games until the postseason because they have already clinched the number one overall seed in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Tampa Bay wants to keep momentum on their side. Victor Hedman scored on a back-handed goal with 1:59 remaining in overtime to help the Lightning top the Washington Capitals on the road 5-4.
It seemed as if Tampa Bay was going to escape with a 4-3 win in regulation, but Evgeny Kuznetsov tied the game at four for Washington with 53 seconds remaining in regulation with an extra attacker on the ice.
Lars Eller scored 7:32 into the game for the Capitals.
The Tampa Bay Lightning went on a 3-0 run in the 6:45 of the second-period because of goals scored by Nikita Kucherov on the power play, Steven Stamkos on the power play, and Anthony Cirelli.
Carl Hagelin scored for Washington with 9:30 remaining in the second-period. T.J. Oshie scored a power-play goal 3:10 later for the Capitals to tie the game at three.
Kucherov scored another power-play goal with 4:59 remaining in the second-period to make it 4-3, Tampa Bay.
There was also a couple of fights that broke out in the second-period as well and it was pretty intense.
Andrei Vasilevskiy was absolutely stellar in net for the Lightning with 54 saves. Braden Holtby finished with 23 saves for the Capitals.
These two teams will play each other one more time this season and the game will be played in Tampa Bay next Saturday night.
The Tampa Bay Lightning’s next game will be against the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday night. The Washington Capitals next game will be against the Minnesota Wild at home on Friday night.