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He finished with 37 saves against the Lightning.

“Both goalies played really good,” Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau said. “If there was average goaltending, it would’ve been a 4-3 game.”

Before the game, there was a celebration of Washington’s 3-1 victory at Pittsburgh in the Winter Classic outdoors on New Year’s Day — and even a plug from the public-address announcer for Wednesday’s finale of the four-part HBO behind-the-scenes series tied to that game. Saturday’s prime-time showcase was the most-watched regular-season NHL game since 1975.

So for the Capitals, Tuesday’s game represented a return to normalcy: indoors, at home — and no more cameras following their every move.

Then again, this matchup was nothing like two previous games this season between Washington and Tampa Bay. The Capitals outscored the Lightning by a combined 12-3 in those meetings, both in November at Washington.

“That’s what I told the players: We wanted a 0-0 game. I didn’t necessarily expect a 0-0 game, but we wanted a 0-0 mentality game, and that’s what we got,” Boucher said. “It’s rewarding, because we didn’t create 100 turnovers like the last two times.”

And, of course, Roloson wasn’t around to help the Lightning back then.

“We made that trade because we believed that he’s going to improve our team,” Boucher said, “and certainly tonight he did everything he could do to make that happen.”

NOTES: Capitals C Matt Hendricks kept swinging away after winding up with his red jersey pulled over his helmet — making him look as if he was wearing a Headless Horseman costume — while trading punches with Lightning RW Steve Downie in the second period. Both got 5-minute penalties for fighting, then yelled at each other from the boxes. … Capitals D Tom Poti returned after missing three games with an undisclosed injury.