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Lightning’s winning streak ends at hands of Washington

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A three-game winning streak ended rudely for the Tampa Bay Lightning Friday.

The Washington Capitals took a 4-2 victory from the Bolts after building a 4-0 lead. It was Washington’s fifth win in the last six games.

Three of the Caps’ goals were on the power play. Alex Ovechkin scored the first of them, and Jason Chimera and T.J. Oshie followed.

For the Lightning, Brian Boyle and Victor Hedman scored to make it sound closer than it was. It was the 13th time in 24 games that the Bolts have been held to two goals or fewer.

Andrei Vasilevskiy faced 37 shots, including 18 in the first period alone.

The Lightning is home against the Islanders on Saturday night.

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

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