Washigton Capitals clinch play-off spot

  • WRITER: AP

The Capitals' TJ Oshie (right) celebrates with Marcus Johansson. (AP photo)

TAMPA - TJ Oshie had three goals and an assist while Justin Williams and John Carlson had early third-period goals as the Washington Capitals clinched a play-off spot by beating the Tampa Bay Lightning 5-3 on Saturday night.

Oshie scored twice, including an early powerplay goal, as the Capitals took a 2-0 lead midway through the first. He completed the hat-trick with an empty-netter during the final minute. Oshie has 10 goals and 19 points in 14 games against Tampa Bay.

Williams had a redirection goal 3:14 into the period before Carlson swatted a thigh-high puck home to make it 4-2 at 5:30.

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