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Lightning blows three-goal lead, collapses in loss to Caps

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It was going along so smoothly.

The Tampa Bay Lightning had just taken a 3-0 lead, and they had run Washington goaltender Brian Holtby from the game, and captain Steven Stamkos had finally broken a 10-game streak without a goal. You could imagine the Bolts climbing the standings and getting back into playoff contention.

And then the bottom fell out.

Washington scored four third-period goals on six shots to come from behind and beat the Lightning, 5-3. Three of the four were power play goals, two of them by Alex Ovechkin. J.T. Oshie also scored two goals for the Caps.

The Lightning got goals from Andrej Sustr (the second regular-season goal of his career) and Alex Killorn. The Lightning had a chance to go ahead 4-1 in the second period, but Philipp Grubauer stopped Nikita Namestnikov, and Oshie broke free to score the Caps first goal.

The Lightning returns home to play Ottawa Sunday afternoon.

Gary Shelton is one of the most recognized and honored sportswriters in the history of the state. He has won the APSE's national columnist of the year twice and finished in the top 10 eight times. He was named the Florida Sportswriter of the Year six times. Gary joined SaintPetersBlog in the spring, helping to bring a sports presence to the website. Over his time in sports writing, Gary has covered 29 Super Bowls, 10 Olympics, Final Fours, Masters, Wimbledons and college national championships. He was there when the Bucs won a Super Bowl, when the Lightning won a Stanley Cup and when the Rays went to a World Series. He has seen Florida, FSU and Miami all win national championships, and he covered Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden and Don Shula along the way. He and his wife Janet have four children: Eric, Kevin, K.C. and Tori. To contact, visit garysheltonsports@gmail.com.

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