The Capitals earned another hard-fought two points Sunday night. Their rally to victory over Tampa Bay pushed them into the top spot in the Southeast Division. There were several times in the game when it looked like it wasn’t going to go their way, but a 4-2 victory satisfied the faithful inside Verizon Center.

Head Coach Adam Oates elected to rest Braden Holtby on this night, the tail-end of a back-to-back set of games against the Florida-based teams. Michal Neuvirth would go to work in goal for the first time since March 16 and he was very effective with 28 stops.

New Tampa Bay coach Jon Cooper chose Ben Bishop to guard his goal and the towering (6’7”) netminder was valiant in defeat with 34 saves.

The Lightning would quiet the home crow quickly in this contest. Only seven seconds after Steve Oleksy was whistled for interference, Vincent LeCavalier brushed home his eight goal of the year on a smooth feed from Martin St. Louis to post the 1-0 lead.

Bishop made 13 saves in the opening period to keep his team on top. LeCavalier had two other outstanding chances to score but was thwarted by Neuvirth.

The Caps pulled into a tie when Alex Ovechkin deflected a long wrist shot from Jack Hillen over the glove of Bishop at 3:14 of the second period. Hillen, a proud new papa to baby boy Knox, would celebrate a couple of assists tonight.

Lightning winger Alex Killorn scored one of the nicest goals on the night to take the lead back for the Bolts. He used his speed to fly past a defender, then deked Neuvirth on his backhand before sliding the puck between the goalie’s leg pads.

The Caps got stronger as the game progressed. The sluggish first period start was no factor in the latter half of period two.