WASHINGTON, Jan. 31 (UPI) -- Alexander Ovechkin sent Washington ahead with 6:26 remaining and the Capitals held on Sunday for their 10th straight win, a 3-2 decision over Tampa Bay.
The first period was scoreless and Backstrom and Brooks Laich scored in the second to give the Caps a 2-0 lead.
Martin St. Louis and Steven Stamkos scored for Tampa Bay within a span of less than 3 minutes in the third. Six minutes after Stamkos tied it, Ovechkin fired in his winner.
Jose Theodore made 25 saves for Washington and the Lightning's Mike Smith had 28.