Carlson has 2 goals as Capitals shut out Lightning 4-0

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WASHINGTON – John Carlson scored two goals, Alex Ovechkin added another and Braden Holtby stopped 23 shots for his third shutout of the season as the Washington Capitals beat the short-handed Tampa Bay Lightning 4-0 on Friday night.

Carlson’s two goals came in the first period – his second two-goal game – and second two-goal period. The first one beat Tampa Bay goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy 55 seconds into the game. His second, and third of the season, came at 15:42.

Ovechkin scored his 15th goal midway through the second period.

Marcus Johansson, who had just emerged from the penalty box for interfering with Vasilevskiy, scored his 13th goal at 8:33 of the third period. That prompted Lightning coach Jon Cooper to take out Vasilevskiy and insert Kristers Gudlevskis. 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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