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Capitals Down Tampa Bay 5-2 - Match Report

Washington earned a 5-2 victory over Tampa Bay behind a 2-goal performance from Nicklas Backstrom on Friday at St. Pete Times Forum.

Washington was an underdog by +100 and came through for bettors backing them. The game went OVER the consensus closing total of 5.5.

Washington got goals from Nicklas Backstrom (2), Jason Chimera, Brooks Laich, and Alex Ovechkin in the victory. Backstrom opened the scoring at 9:09 of the first period.

Semyon Varlamov turned in a 23-save effort for the Capitals.

Tampa Bay got goals from Brett Clark and Teddy Purcell in the loss, but it wasn't enough.

Tampa Bay got a 31-stop effort from Dwayne Roloson in the loss.

On the power play, Washington went 1-for-4, while the Lightning were 1-for-4 with the man advantage.

Washington outshot Tampa Bay 36-25 in the game.

Washington heads into a battle against the Penguins. Tampa Bay, meanwhile, will have their next action against St. Louis.