Jason Garrison scored early in the third period and Ben Bishop made several key saves as the Lightning defeated the Capitals 4-3 on Saturday night.
Alex Ovechkin and the rest of Russia are still struggling to find out what went wrong.
Ovechkin's father underwent surgery, causing the all-star to stay in Russia longer than expected.
The slumping Capitals may miss their best player Friday to begin a five-game road trip.
Alex Ovechkin’s fourth goal of the night tied the game with 32.4 seconds remaining in regulation, and the Washington Capitals ultimately prevailed in a shootout to post a thrilling 6-5 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning at Verizon Center.
For years the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Washington Capitals battled for the top spot in the Southeast Division of the National Hockey League. But now the two rivals are in different conferences and while tonight’s game will be