April 2, 2012; Tampa FL, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Dwayne Roloson (30) and defenseman Victor Hedman (77) defend the puck during the first period against the Washington Capitals at Tampa Bay Times Forum. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE

Capitals Vs. Lightning: Dwayne Roloson And Steven Stamkos Lead Tampa Bay To 4-2 Home Finale Win

Dwayne Roloson had one of his best games of the season and Steve Stamkos scored two goals in the final three minutes to clinch a 4-2 win in the final home game of the 2012 season.

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Capitals Vs. Lightning: Steven Stamkos And Dwayne Roloson Lead Bolts To Home Finale Win

In their last game of the season at the Tampa Bay Times Forum, the Tampa Bay Lighting rode Steven Stamkos over the final three minutes to defeat the Washington Capitals 4-2. Veteran goaltender Dwayne Roloson, in perhaps his final game at the Forum, had one of his strongest performances in an otherwise struggle-filled season, pulling off his save of the year in the second period on a glove stop of a Mike Green shot.

The Bolts scored two goals in a span of 25 second in the second period to take a 2-1 lead over the Caps. Teddy Purcell snuck a wrist shot under the right pad of Washington goaltender Michal Neuvirth. He took a nice cross-ice pass from Stamkos and quickly got off the shot. Then, on the very next shift, Victor Hedman sent a rocket from the point that Neuvirth never saw with Tom Pyatt setting up a screen in front.

Jason Chimera tied it for Washington with 3:17 left in the game, scoring his 20th of the season. Alexander Semin fired a shot at Roloson from the right wing which ricocheted to the right and Chimera rushed to the far post to punch it in and tie it at 2-2.

Stamkos, however, would immediately put the Bolts back on top beating Michal Neuvirth off a rebound in front for his 57th goal of the season. It was the 12 game-winning goal this season for Stamkos and he would add another with a nice empty-netter lofted from the bad angle on one knee along the boards. Roloson did the dirty work to keep the Bolts in it and then Stamkos cleaned it up in the final period to send the Bolts out with a win at home.

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Lightning And Capitals Scoreless After First

The first period was a dismal one for Tampa Bay, who only registered five shots on goal. The Lightning had two power play chances in the first period but did not generate many quality scoring opportunities and spent too much time in its own zone.

Washington only had seven shots on Dwayne Roloson, so neither team had many offensive chances in the first frame.


Lightning Vs. Capitals: Bolts Play Final Home Game, Hope To End On High Note

The Tampa Bay Lightning have had a disappointing season, but it's almost over. They'll play their final home game tonight against the Washington Capitals.

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