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Washington Capitals defenceman Mike Green (52) fires the puck past the Lightning's Matt Smaby and goaltender Karri Ramo.
Washington Capitals defenceman Mike Green (52) fires the puck past the Lightning's Matt Smaby and goaltender Karri Ramo.
Washington Capitals defenceman Mike Green (52) fires the puck past the Lightning's Matt Smaby and goaltender Karri Ramo.

Eight straight is great for Green

Mike Green set an NHL record for defencemen with a goal in his eighth successive game to power the Washington Capitals to a 5-1 rout of the Tampa Bay Lightning.

MIAMI // Mike Green set an NHL record for defencemen with a goal in his eighth successive game to power the Washington Capitals to a 5-1 rout of the Tampa Bay Lightning in Florida on Saturday. Green staked the Southeast Division leaders to a 4-0 lead with his power-play goal 5 mins 33 secs into the second period. The score beat the previous mark of goals in seven consecutive games by Boston's Mike O'Connell during the 1983-84 season.

Alexander Semin, Alex Ovechkin and Shaone Morrisonn had first-period goals for the Capitals and Eric Fehr capped off the scoring in the third. Semin notched his 21st goal of the season 5 mins 2 secs into the opening period with Ovechkin following about eight minutes later off an assist by his Russian teammate. The goal was Ovechkin's league-leading 38th of the season. Morrisonn scored his goal with 40 secs left in the first.

Semin assisted on Green's second-period goal before Ryan Malone put Tampa Bay on the scoreboard. Michal Neuvirth recorded his first NHL victory in goal for Washington. He had 31 saves. Tampa Bay's Mike McKenna lasted only one period, giving up three goals on 12 shots. Karri Ramo finished in net, making 18 saves on 20 shots. *Reuters

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