Eric Fehr strikes twice, redirects game-winner as Capitals rally past Lightning

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TAMPA, Fla. — Eric Fehr had two goals, including a tiebreaking redirection with 51.5 seconds left in the third period, as the Washington Capitals beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-3 on Thursday night.

The winger was positioned in close when he tipped Mike Green’s shot past Anders Lindback, helping the Capitals improve to 2-3-3 over their last eight games.

Tampa Bay had pulled even at 3 on Ondrej Palat’s nifty tip-in of Matt Carle’s shot at 14:30 of the third. Martin St. Louis also assisted on the goal to move past Rick Tocchet into sole possession of 89th place on the NHL’s career list with 953 points.

Washington also got goals from Mikhail Grabovski and Marcus Johansson. Tyler Johnson and B.J. Crombeen had the other goals for the Lightning.

Washington took a 3-1 first-period lead, keyed by power-play goals from Grabovski and Johansson.

Fehr tied it at 1 by beating Anders Lindback from the left circle at 7:04 of the first.

LIGHTNING: Coach Jon Cooper believes star Steven Stamkos can return from a broken right shin in time for February’s Olympics.

Stamkos is on Canada’s Olympic team and has been out since he was injured Nov. 11 at Boston and needed surgery.

Cooper said Thursday that if Stamkos can play for Tampa Bay before the Olympics “naturally he’s going to be ready.”

The coach adds that he’s certain Stamkos would not hold out to play in the Olympics, saying “he won’t do that.”

Stamkos had 14 goals and 23 points in 17 games before the injury.

RESCHEDULED: The NHL’s Olympic break just got shorter for the Carolina Hurricanes and Buffalo Sabres.

The league announced on Thursday that the two teams will play at Buffalo on Feb. 25. That makes up for the game that was postponed on Tuesday as Buffalo was all but shut down.

Because of scheduling conflicts, the NHL had to squeeze in the game on the final day of its 17-day break spanning the Winter Games.


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