January 29, 2006

Late Zubrus strike fires Capitals to victory over Lightning

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Dainius Zubrus scored with 2:20
remaining in the third period to give the Washington Capitals a
2-1 home win over the Tampa Bay Lightning in National Hockey
League play on Sunday.

Zubrus snapped a shot from the slot past John Grahame after
taking a pass from Chris Clark as the Capitals registered a
third win in the last four games at the MCI Center against the
defending Stanley Cup champions.

Olaf Kolzig made 34 saves in goal for the Capitals, who
were out-shot 35-24 and survived seven Tampa Bay powerplays.

It was the first time the Capitals had won a game this
season when scoring less than three goals.

After a scoreless first period, Vincent Lecavalier opened
the scoring for the Lightning 9:24 into the second period, but
Jeff Halpern tied the game seven minutes later to set the stage
for Zubrus.

Halpern's goal snapped a Tampa Bay shutout streak of 158
minutes, 42 seconds that covered almost three games.

Despite ending a three-game losing streak, the Capitals
remain mired in 14th place in the Western Conference standings,
11 points off a playoff spot.

The Lightning had gone 5-0-1 in their previous six games,
with the defending champions still six points clear of the
final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, in sixth place.

"We had a chance to win," Tampa Bay coach John Tortorella
told reporters after the game.

"We doubled them in scoring chances and we didn't score."

In Chicago, Roman Hamrlik scored a goal and had two assists
as the Calgary Flames beat the Blackhawks 5-3.

Darren McCarty, Steve Reinprecht, Dion Phaneuf and Chuck
Kobasew scored for the other goals for the Flames.

Miikka Kiprusoff made 21 saves.

Radim Vrbata, Rene Bourgue and Mark Bell scored for the
Blackhawks, while Adam Munro made 24 saves.

In Phoenix, Radek Dvorak scored the game-winning goal in
the shootout that lifted the Edmonton Oilers past the Coyotes

Edmonton's Chris Pronger scored with one second remaining
in regulation to force overtime after Raffi Torres and Ryan
Smyth had netted the other goals for the Oilers.

Boyd Devereaux and Dave Scatchard scored 1:43 apart in the
second period after Zbynek Michalek had slotted home the opener
for the Coyotes.

(Writing by Roger Lajoie in Toronto)