Lightning hang on, end Capitals season-opening point streak at eight

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TAMPA — The Washington Capitals had their season-opening eight-game point streak end in a 3-2 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning at Amalie Arena on Monday.

Washington forward Alex Ovechkin had his eight-game point streak end and remains two goals from tying Brett Hull for fourth on the NHL goals list, at 741.

Brett Leason scored his first NHL goal, and Vitek Vanecek made 23 saves for the Capitals (5-1-3).

Anthony Cirelli had a goal and two assists for the Lightning (5-3-1), who have won three in a row. Andrei Vasilevskiy made 31 saves.

Leason gave Washington a 1-0 lead at 1:13 of the first period when his shot went in off defenseman Victor Hedman‘s stick.

Alex Killorn tied it 1-1 at 3:18 of the second period with a chip in off a pass from Cirelli. It was Killorn’s fourth straight game with a goal.

Cirelli put the Lightning ahead 2-1 at 8:40 when he scored on a 5-on-3 power play. Alex Barre-Boulet sent the puck to the net, and Cirelli scored from close range.

Brayden Point extended the lead to 3-1 at 2:56 of the third period when he scored on a breakaway off a pass from Taylor Raddysh.

Conor Sheary make it 3-2 at 11:38 with his first goal of the season. With the Capitals on the power play, Sheary scored after Evgeny Kuznetsov sent the puck to the net.

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