Originally posted on Fox Sports Florida  |  Last updated 4/7/13
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Harking back to his MVP days, Alex Ovechkin scored twice on Sunday to make it five goals in two games and the Washington Capitals got a 4-2 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning. Ovechkin scored his 24th and 25th goal -- giving him 16 in 14 games -- to pull even with the Lightning's Steven Stamkos for the top spot in the NHL. John Carlson and Joel Ward also scored for the Capitals, who moved two points ahead of the second-place Winnipeg Jets in Southeast Division with a game in hand. Michal Neuvirth, making his first start since March 16, had 28 saves, including a pair of point-blank one-on-one stops against Vincent Lecavalier. Washington has won four straight and eight of 10. Lecavalier and Alex Killorn scored for the Lightning, whose playoff hopes are bleak following back-to-back weekend losses. Tampa Bay trails Washington by eight points with three weeks remaining in the regular season. Ovechkin's production had been declining sharply since his MVP seasons of 2007-08 and 2008-09, and he spent the first part of this lockout-truncated season adjusting to a different position and playing style under new coach Adam Oates. But Ovechkin has regained his stride in recent weeks, leading the Capitals back into playoff position while producing a pair of hat trick games, including his trio of goals in Saturday's win over the Florida Panthers. There wasn't anything flashy about his goals on Sunday. The first one was a redirect, and the second was an empty-netter with 4.4 seconds to play. One concern for the Capitals: Another forward went down. Ward limped off after blocking a shot in the third period and did not return. Washington was already playing without Brooks Laich and Martin Erat -- both injured in the past few days. Lecavalier scored on the Lightning's first shot, redirecting the puck from Martin St. Louis past Neuvirth on a power play less than 2 minutes into the game. Lecavalier could have reasonably had a hat trick in the first period, with two later chances to close in solo on Neuvirth, but the goalie stopped him both times. So, trailing by only one instead of three at the end of the first period, the Capitals went to work and scored three times in the second. Ovechkin redirected Jack Hillen's shot to tie the game, Carlson beat Ben Bishop (34 saves) high to the glove side with a slap shot, and Ward kept the puck on a three-on-two break and put it past Bishop on the stick side. Between the Ovechkin and Carlson goals, Killorn put the Lightning back in front temporarily by taking the puck at the blue line, maneuvering around Hillen and doing what Lecavalier couldn't: Beat Neuvirth one-on-one. NOTES: Laich, hurt again after missing the first 28 games of the season with a groin injury, will see a specialist on Tuesday. "They can't quite get a handle on what it is," Oates said. "He just doesn't feel good. It's a little sore everywhere, but not necessarily where he was in the groin, and that's why he's seeing the specialist." ... Erat, acquired from the Nashville Predators at last week's trade deadline, sat out with a lower body injury after taking a nasty hit from Erik Gudbranson in Saturday's win over the Florida Panthers. Oates said he doesn't think "it's going to be too long" before Erat returns. ... The Capitals are 12-3-0 against Southeast opponents. ... Washington's Nicklas Backstrom picked up his 300th career assist. ... The Capitals are 13-1-1 in their past 15 home games against the Lightning.
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

John Harbaugh: Ravens exploring signing Kaepernick

Bryce Harper blames ejection, meltdown on pregame playlist

Defining Darvish: Is a deadline deal looming?

Kyrie Irving reportedly ignoring phone calls from Cavs

Congress demands NFL pays $18 million bill

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Report: Pedroia cheered loudly when Price told Eckersley off

Giancarlo Stanton mocks Jason Grilli after blasting home run

Adrian Beltre ejected for bizarre on-deck circle incident

Some coaches expect Tom Brady to 'dramatically age’

Joe Flacco could miss 3-6 weeks with back injury

When will it be OK to worry about Clayton Kershaw?

Box Score 7/27: USMNT brings home the Gold Cup

The 'Cooperstown: The New Class' quiz

For the revitalized Pirates, trade deadline has newfound meaning

Every MLB team's best and worst deadline trade from the last 25 years

The 'Kyrie revolts against the King' quiz

Box Score 7/26: Nothing but grand slams

The most memorable moments from the class of 2017 Baseball Hall of Fame inductees

BIG3 Ref Hotline Bling: James White slams the phone down

The 'When George Brett went completely batty' quiz

Finding the possible Achilles' heel for baseball’s best teams

Box Score 7/25: The pressure of the trade deadline is here

Getaway Day: A pair of aces get lost in the shuffle

NHL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Yardbarker Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

For the revitalized Pirates, trade deadline has newfound meaning

The 'Cooperstown: The New Class' quiz

The 'Kyrie revolts against the King' quiz

BIG3 Ref Hotline Bling: James White slams the phone down

The 'When George Brett went completely batty' quiz

Finding the possible Achilles' heel for baseball’s best teams

Getaway Day: A pair of aces get lost in the shuffle

Sports & Politics Intersect: Trump casts shadow over U.S. Women's Open

The National League Wild Card is suddenly relevant again

The 'Pay that man his money' quiz

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker