Caps Grab OT Win, Remain in Playoff Chase

Thrashers edge Panthers; Sabres outshoot Sens
By Jamie Buss,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 27, 2008 11:38 PM CDT
Washington Capitals' Alex Ovechkin, center, celebrates his goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning with teammates Jeff Schultz (55) and Alexander Semin, right, during their game tonight.   (AP Photo/Steve Nesius)
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(Newser) – The Capitals got the two points they needed tonight, but the Lightning didn’t give them up without a fight. Alexander Semin got Washington through regulation and Tomas Fleischmann won it for them in overtime, reports the AP. The victory puts the Caps just two points out of the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.  Elsewhere in the NHL:

  • Florida’s playoff hopes dimmed as the Panthers lost 3-2 to Atlanta. Mark Recchi scored the game-winner for the Thrashers, who ended a five-game losing streak
  • The Sabres edged the Senators in a shootout, 4-3. Buffalo is now five points out in the postseason chase with five games remaining, two of which are against the seventh-place Boston Bruins.