Tampa Bay Lightning Lose Second Straight Home Game


Dec 9, 2014; Tampa, FL, USA; Washington Capitals right wing Tom Wilson (43) holds Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Ryan Callahan (24) jersey during the first period at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

For the first time this season, the Tampa Bay Lightning has a losing streak at home.

The Bolts lost 5-3 to the Washington Capitals Tuesday night at Amalie Arena as Alex Ovechkin scored twice. The Lightning had only loss four times in their previous 15 home games.

Ovechkin gave the Caps (13-10-4) a 1-0 lead just 40 seconds into the game but Brian Boyle’s sixth goal of the season knotted things up at the 13:49 mark of the first. However, Matt Niskanen’s power play goal 34 seconds later gave the Capitals the lead again.

Just 47 seconds into the second, Steven Stamkos tied the game with a wrister from the slot after taking a pass from Ryan Callahan. It was Stamkos’ 250th career goal, in his 440th game.

Brooks Laich would score the go-ahead goal at 4:36 before Troy Brouwer made it a 4-2 lead 10:52 into the third.

The Lightning (18-8-3) got a goal from Valtteri Filppula with 2.9 seconds left before Ovechkin managed to sneak a goal into the empty net before the buzzer went.

Victor Hedman had three assists for the Lightning while Ben Bishop made 30 saves. Braden Holtby made 33 saves in the Washington goal.

Jonathan Drouin and Mark Barberio were scratched for the Lightning. The Bolts host the Carolina Hurricanes Thursday evening. Puck drop is at 7:30 p.m.