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Vasilevskiy stops 54, Lightning top Caps

(AP Photo/Nick Wass)

WASHINGTON (AP) Andrei Vasilevskiy piled up the saves, and the Tampa Bay Lightning and Washington Capitals traded blows in a thrilling potential playoff preview.

Vasilevskiy made a franchise-record 54 saves, Nikita Kucherov scored twice and the NHL-leading Lightning won their sixth consecutive game, beating the defending Stanley Cup champion Capitals 5-4 in overtime Wednesday. The frenetic pace, high energy and hatred between the teams that met in last year's Eastern Conference final made a rematch this spring all the more of a tantalizing possibility.

"I'm sure both of us would be very happy to see each other again if it's the Eastern Conference final," Tampa Bay captain Steven Stamkos said. "There's a long way to get to that point. We'll hopefully see them."

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2 M. Backlund, Cgy35
3 M. Giordano, Cgy31
4 R. Hainsey, Tor30
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