WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Tampa Bay Lightning headed home happy.
"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
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
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."
"I've never seen that," Lecavalier said. "We'll take it. It's
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
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.
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