Ovechkin, Capitals look to jolt Lightning

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Tampa Bay (5-4-4) at Washington (7-4-2), 7:00 pm EDT

WASHINGTON (Ticker) -- The Washington Capitals have found a way

to win despite Alex Ovechkin's scoring slump.

Ovechkin hopes to snap a nine-game goalless streak and lift the

the Capitals to their third straight win when they host the

Tampa Bay Lightning on Monday.

Coming off a 65-goal effort in 2007-08, the 23-year-old reigning

Hart Trophy winner has just two goals this season.

Winning four of their last six, the Capitals have yielded just

five goals in their last three games and goaltender Brent

Johnson's strong efforts have seemingly forced coach Bruce

Boudreau to handle a starting goalie controversy.

Johnson has started three straight games in place of Jose

Theodore and posted a 2-0-1 record with a 1.63 goals-against

average. Johnson is 3-1-2 with a 2.12 GAA in six games, while

Theodore is just 4-3-0 with a 3.44 mark this season.

Lifting the Capitals to their second straight win, Johnson

finished with 28 saves in the team's 3-1 drubbing of the New

York Rangers on Saturday.

Washington has been sparked by Alexander Semin, whose 11 goals

has him tied with New Jersey Devils left wing Zach Parise for

second in the NHL.

Tampa Bay snapped a two-game losing streak with a 2-1 win over

the Philadelphia Flyers Saturday. Goaltender Mike Smith has

started the past four games, but veteran Olaf Kolzig may get the

nod from coach Barry Melrose in this game to face his former


Kolzig spent the previous 16 seasons with Washington, going

301-293-23 with 63 ties. However, when the Capitals traded for

Cristobal Huet midway through the season, Kolzig was relegated

to the bench and opted to sign with the Lightning this past


The 38-year-old Kolzig is 1-1-1 with a 2.67 GAA in three games

this season.



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