Series (Game 2 of 6)

Tampa Bay leads 4-2

Game 1: Tuesday, November 4th
Game 2: Friday, November 14th
Game 3: Tuesday, February 3rd
Game 4: Monday, February 23rd
Game 5: Saturday, February 28th
Game 6: Saturday, March 27th

Lightning 5

(9-2-1, 21 pts)

Capitals 2

(4-12-0, 9 pts)

7:00 PM ET, November 14, 2003

Verizon Center, Washington, District of Columbia

1 2 3 T
TB 2 3 05
WSH 0 2 02

F. Modin (Lightning - LW): Goals: 2, Assists: 0

B. Richards (Lightning - C): Goals: 0, Assists: 1

K. Miller (Capitals - LW): Goals: 0, Assists: 2

Sweet end to tough road trip

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Tampa Bay Lightning headed home happy.

Fredrik Modin scored twice to help the Lightning beat the Washington Capitals 5-2 on Friday night, snapping an 11-game regular-season losing streak in Washington.

Vincent Lecavalier, Martin St. Louis and Cory Stillman added goals for Tampa Bay in the finale of a three-game road trip.

"We felt this was an important game for us -- just to see the type of response we have in what we felt was a lackluster couple of games," Tampa Bay coach John Tortorella said. "We lost our identity in our first two games of our trip. We grabbed it back tonight."

The Lightning tied Carolina and lost to Florida while scoring just one goal in the first two games of the trip.

"The main reason for us feeling good is we haven't been playing well in the past couple of games we have played," Modin said. "We had time to practice and talk about how to change that. We felt we did tonight."

Changing lines also helped as Tortorella shook up the first two lines to spark the Tampa Bay offense.

"Sometimes it takes a little change," Lecavalier said. "It doesn't mean it wasn't going well, but when you lose, you don't score. It doesn't mean you don't go well with that guy, it means you need a change to get things going, and it did."

Lecavalier was credited with a goal at 3:22 of the first period when Washington defenseman Sergei Gonchar's clearing attempt struck goalie Olaf Kolzig's right skate and bounced into the net.

"I've never seen that," Lecavalier said. "We'll take it. It's pretty funny."

Washington coach Bruce Cassidy was upset about his team's effort, especially after the first goal.

"We didn't bounce back very well," Cassidy said. "We've seen that a lot."

Modin made it 2-0 at 8:05 of the opening period, and Tampa Bay broke the game open in the second.

Modin added his second goal and Stillman scored on a power play to make it 4-0. Jaromir Jagr scored on a breakaway for Washington, but St. Louis countered with a short-handed goal. He also added two assists.

Jason Doig also scored for the Capitals.

Washington goalie Rastislav Stana made his NHL debut in the third period, stopping all seven shots. He replaced Kolzig, who allowed five goals on 14 shots.

Game notes

The Lightning won three games in Washington in the playoffs last season. ... Washington's Peter Bondra needs two points to reach 800 for his career. ... Tampa Bay is 8-0-1-0 when it scores first.

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