The Washington Capitals played the Tampa Bay Lightning in Florida tonight.
With just four games remaining in the regular season for the Washington Capitals, every point is imperative.
The Caps came out on top, Brooks Laich scoring first in the first period. It was answered by Tampa Bay just before the end of the period. The two teams then exchanged markers in the second period.
Michel Ouellet scored 6:51 into the third period for the Lightning, which gave Tampa Bay their first lead of the night.
Things were not looking good for the Caps when Sergei Fedorov assisted Alexander Semin's 24th goal of the season to tie up the game at three.
The game would need overtime to determine a winner. With 2:33 left in the extra period the Caps caught Lightning goalie Karri Ramo down, trying to freeze the loose puck. Laich passed it to Tomas Fleischmann who scored the game winner and gained two much-needed points for the Capitals.
Cristobal Huet made some huge stops tonight and kept his team in this hockey game. He has won his last five starts in goal for the Capitals.
Washington Capitals' head coach Bruce Boudreau stressed the importance of getting points from his second and third lines. The Caps' first line of offense which consists of Alexander Ovechkin, Alexander Semin, and Viktor Kozlov has produced over 50 percent of the Capitals' goals this month.
But the other Caps players definitely stepped up in tonight's game and did just as Boudreau had hoped. Laich got his 20th goal of the season in tonight's game, and Tomas Fleischmann added to his great numbers against the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Although the Caps picked up two points in Tampa Bay tonight, the Boston Bruins also gained two points in their match up against the Toronto Maple Leafs. Therefore, the Capitals remain in ninth place in the Eastern Conference with 86 points, trailing the Bruins and the Flyers, who both have 88 points.
The Washington Capitals must keep getting points in their last four remaining games to keep their hopes of making the playoffs for the first time in five years alive.