The Capitals beat the Lightning 3.5-2.5 to win the Stanley Cup on Sunday night, advancing to the Eastern Conference Finals for the second straight year.
The win snapped a four-game losing streak for the Lightning, who are now on the verge of a second straight conference finals appearance.
The Capitals took the first of their four points on a goal by defenseman Matt Niskanen in the second period.
He scored his first career NHL goal with 6:16 left in regulation.
In overtime, Alexander Ovechkin tied it with his first goal with 3:13 remaining in regulation, and then Ryan Johansen scored on a one-timer with 10:39 remaining to give the Capitals a 3-1 lead.
Jaroslav Halak scored his third goal of the series on a power play with 2:48 remaining.
Alex Ovechuk scored his sixth goal of his career on a 2-on-1 in the third period.
Alex Steen made 33 saves.
The Lightning won for the first time since February 2, 2011, when they defeated the Capitals 3-0.
“We had to take a step back in the fourth period and find some room to breathe and to regroup,” Lightning coach Jon Cooper said.
It’s one of those moments where you have to have the confidence to put in that extra effort.” “
That’s the goal in a Stanley Cup Final, you want to be able to put it behind you.
It’s one of those moments where you have to have the confidence to put in that extra effort.”
With the win, the Capitals have clinched home ice advantage in the conference finals.
Pittsburgh has home ice in the first round against the Bruins.
The Penguins will host the Islanders on Monday night.
The Islanders beat the Bruins 4-1 on Friday night.
“I thought we played well,” Cooper said of the third and fourth periods.
“Defensively, we played good.
We just had a little bit of a lapse in concentration in the defensive zone and in the offensive zone.
They scored early, and they scored a goal in the end to get it out of the game and put the pressure on us.”
Forward Taylor Hall made 32 saves.
Forward Kyle Okposo had 16.
The Bolts have not won at Tampa Bay since Feb. 9, 2011.
Forward Kevin Shattenkirk had 15 points.
Center Matt Carle had seven points.
Forward Mark Barberio had five points.
Defenseman Tyler Johnson had four points.
Goalie Jaroslav Vasilevskiy had one goal and two assists.
Tampa Bay defenseman Anton Stralman had one assist.
Forward Brendan Leipsic had two assists and a plus-5 rating.
Forward Ben Bishop had one plus-1 rating and defenseman Kevin Connauton had one penalty.
The Panthers have won five straight, including the past three series.
The Stars are 10-7-3 and the Lightning are 10 and 1.