The Washington Capitals blew a four-goal lead and needed overtime to beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 6-5 on Saturday night at Verizon Center.
It was the Caps’ seventh straight victory, but it came with plenty of drama. Eric Fehr gave them a 5-1 lead 5:26 into the second period, but the Lightning tilted the ice from there.
Tampa Bay scored four times in the third period to force overtime. But the Caps still managed to pick up two valuable points to move four clear of the Winnipeg Jets in the Southeast Division.
It was the first time this season the Caps led by four goals only to see that slip away. Defenseman Mike Green scored in overtime to make Saturday night more of a lesson and less of a regrettable scenario about giving away a point.