Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Mikhail Sergachev (98) celebrates after his first of two first-period goals during an NHL hockey game against the Washington Capitals, Sunday, Nov. 13, 2022, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Jason Behnken)

Lightning Win Big Over Caps

The Tampa Bay Lightning found their way back into the win column Sunday night defeating the Washington Capitals on home ice 6-3.

Lightning

Five different players scored for Tampa Bay in their route of the Caps. Mikhail Sergachev scored in the first two minutes of the game and later scored with four minutes remaining in the first period. He now has four goals on the season.

Nikita Kucherov tied Steven Stamkos with his team high seventh goal on the season. He scored Tampa’s second goal and put them up 2-0 halfway through the first period.

It was all Lightning in the game with Nick Perbix, Cole Koepke and Nicholas Paul also adding goals in the effort. 

Last Matchup

The two teams faced off in Washington D.C. on Friday.

John Carlson scored his 6ooth career goal in the game and assisted the Capitals in winning the game 5-1.

Standings

Despite the win, the Lightning have lost three of their last five games and are sitting in third place in the Atlantic Division behind the Boston Bruins and Toronto Maple Leafs. Washington sits in sixth place in the Metropolitan Division Standings.

Recent Success

Over the past three seasons, the Lightning have been the team to beat in the NHL. The team won the Stanley Cup in back-to-back seasons in 2020 and 2021, defeating the Dallas Stars and Montreal Canadians. Last season, Tampa made it back to the Stanley Cup Final but was defeated by the Colorado Avalanche in six games.

The Capitals have not missed the playoffs since 2015, but have struggled in the postseason recently. In their last four playoff appearances, Washington has been knocked out in the first round.

A look ahead

On Tuesday, the Lightning will host the Dallas Stars with puck drop set for 7 p.m.

For the Caps, they’ll travel to Sunrise, Florida, Tuesday to take on the Florida Panthers at 7 p.m.

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