TAMPA, Fla., March 7 (UPI) -- Alex Ovechkin scored the only goal in a shootout Monday and the Washington Capitals posted a key 2-1 victory over division rival Tampa Bay.
Ovechkin, the second shooter in the tiebreaker, made a series of fakes before sliding a shot past Dwayne Roloson and back-up Washington netminder Braden Holtby stopped Dominic Moore, Adam Hall and Vincent Lecavalier to make the advantage hold up.
The victory allowed the Caps to extend their Southeast Division lead over the Lightning to two points.
Holtby turned aside all 21 shots he faced after replacing Michael Neuvirth at the start of the second period. Neuvirth left after being struck in the facemask by Nate Thompson shot.
Alexander Semin's tally from the left circle with less than 6 minutes remaining in the third forced extra time.
Sean Bergenheim scored for Tampa Bay and Roloson ended with 29 saves, including 10 in the 5-minute overtime.