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@ TB 
L 3-6
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W 4-1
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Vasilevskiy makes 54 saves, Lightning beat Capitals in OT

WASHINGTON (AP) Andrei Vasilevskiy piled up the saves, and the Tampa Bay Lightning and Washington Capitals traded blows in a thrilling potential playoff preview.

Vasilevskiy made a franchise-record 54 saves, Nikita Kucherov scored twice and the NHL-leading Lightning won their sixth consecutive game, beating the defending Stanley Cup champion Capitals 5-4 in overtime Wednesday. The frenetic pace, high energy and hatred between the teams that met in last year's Eastern Conference final made a rematch this spring all the more of a tantalizing possibility.

"I'm sure both of us would be very happy to see each other again if it's the Eastern Conference final," Tampa Bay captain Steven Stamkos said. "There's a long way to get to that point. We'll hopefully see them."

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Leaders
Points: A. Ovechkin83
Plus/Minus: M. Kempny24
Shots on Goal: A. Ovechkin301
PIM: T. Wilson115
Win: B. Holtby27
Shutouts: B. Holtby3
Offense (Rank)
Goals: 252 (5)
Shots: 2267 (20)
PP%: 21.6% (9)
Penalty Minutes: 692 (7)
Assists: 439 (5)
SH Goals: 5 (23)
Standings
Metropolitan Division
  W L OTL Pts
Washington 43 23 8 94
NY Islanders 42 24 7 91
Pittsburgh 39 24 11 89
Carolina 40 25 7 87
Columbus 40 29 4 84
Philadelphia 35 30 8 78
NY Rangers 28 32 13 69
New Jersey 27 38 9 63
Full Standings
 
Defense (Rank)
Goals Against: 230 (10)
Shots Against: 2347 (12)
PK%: 79.0% (23)
Penalty Minutes: 658 (8)
Shutouts: 4 (18)
Sv%: 0.902 (20)
Injuries
Date Player Status
3/20 M. Kempny Lower-body injury (day-to-day)
Transactions
Date Player Transactions
3/18 J. Snively Signed as Free Agent Two-year, entry-level contract
2/25 P. Milner Signed as Free Agent One-year contract
2/22 N. Jensen Contract extended Four-year contract extension
2/22 N. Jensen Traded w/ '19 pick for Bowey, '20 pick
2/21 D. Smith-Pelly Sent to minors Hershey-AHL
2/21 C. Hagelin Traded for 2019 3rd-rd, cond. 2020 6th-rd picks
2/20 D. Smith-Pelly Waived
2/8 C. Djoos Called up from minors from Hershey-AHL
2/8 J. Siegenthaler Sent to minors Hershey-AHL
2/4 P. Copley Contract extended Three-year contract extension
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