Boyle scores winner in shootout, Lightning beat Capitals 2-1

Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby (70) stops a shot by Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Nikita Kucherov (86) during the second period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Jason Behnken)

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Brian Boyle picked the perfect time for his first career shootout goal.

Boyle scored in the fourth round of the shootout and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Washington Capitals 2-1 Saturday night to snap a four-game losing streak.

“Simple game … he just goes down there and shoots at the net,” Lightning coach Jon Cooper said.

Tampa Bay won the shootout 2-1 when Boyle put a shot between Braden Holtby’s pads. The Lightning forward was 0 for 4 in his previous shootout attempts.

“Come down with some speed, and try and use my reach.” the 6-foot-6 Boyle said. “Open up a hole.”

Brayden Point also scored in the tiebreaker for the Lightning and Evgeny Kuznetsov scored for the Capitals.

Tampa Bay got a regulation goal from Nikita Kucherov. Ben Bishop stopped 34 shots.

Nicklas Backstrom scored for the Captials, who have lost three in a row (0-2-1). Holtby made 32 saves.

“They’re in the same situation as us,” Holtby said. “A game like that can go either way, really.”

Kucherov opened the scoring with 7:22 left in the second for his 13th goal, coming from the top of the right circle during a power play that came about due to Alex Ovechkin’s second penalty in the game.

Tampa Bay, which entered with the NHL’s second-best power-play, went 1 for 3.

It was just the sixth time this season that Washington allowed the first goal of a game.

Ovechkin had four shots but saw his goal-scoring drought reach four straight games.

Backstrom tied it at 1 on the power play at 6:24 of the third. Washington has three man-advantage goal on the road this season in 28 chances, including a 1-for-6 effort against the Lightning.

“It’s better than nothing,” Backstrom said about the Capitals getting a point. “We had the opportunity (to win) but didn’t do it.”

The Capitals got two shots but failed to score during a power play over the final 33.5 seconds of overtime.

A little bit of a bend but no break,” Bishop said. “Obviously they had a little momentum but the penalty kill came up big.”

Bishop had a nifty save on an in-close chance by Kuznetsov during the first of two unsuccessful Washington power plays late in the second.

Holtby made a glove save on Joel Vermin during a 2-on-1 and turned aside Kucherov’s breakaway shot over a minute span early in the second.

NOTES: Bishop is 2-6-1 in 10 games against Washington. … Holtby is 7-2-2 in 13 games against the Lightning. … Tampa Bay D Jason Garrison, who took a shot off the knee in Thursday’s game at St. Louis, didn’t play. … Washington swept the three-game series last season, outscoring the Lightning 11-6. The Capitals were 10-1-1 in their 12 games against Tampa Bay. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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