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.