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What was so jarring about Saturday night was how easy the Caps made it look in building a 5-1 lead. They just about toyed with Tampa Bay, which couldn’t do anything right until it showed life beginning with Marty St. Louis’ goal late in the second period.

“Terrible third period. Myself and just that,” said Green, who was on the ice for three of the Lightning’s goals. “We’ve been talking about how we’ve been finding ways to win and how we’re playing with leads and we sat back on our heels and we let them come at us and score goals. And we can’t let that happen, starting with myself.”

Green found redemption with the game-winner, set up by Mike Ribeiro and Fehr. But forward Marcus Johansson deserves credit for drawing Vinny Lecavalier’s penalty that led to the power play.

Johansson’s effort driving to the net was perhaps the Caps’ strongest play since Fehr’s goal made it 5-1.

“It’s almost like we put ourselves in bad position before OT,” Ovechkin said. “In overtime JoJo make a good play, go to the net, take a penalty. It’s good we use it.”

Had the Caps not taken advantage of the power play, there’s no telling how this game would have ended. Judging by Tampa Bay’s relentless pressure, it didn’t look good.

Oates, however, said he and his team deserved a victory. They got it.

“We’re gonna wake up and we’ll have our two points and that’s all that matters in this scheme,” Green said. “But we have to learn from this. We can’t let situations like that happen. They used to call us Cardiac Kids for a reason and we showed that tonight.”