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.