With a win tonight the Caps would vault to the top of their division and from eighth in the East to third.
The Caps have not trailed their opponents in their last six games in Washington.
Dale Hunter is trying to get the most out of his players in the midst of a busy schedule.
It took Capitals defenseman Karl Alzner 175 games to get into his first NHL fight.
The Capitals jumped on the Lightning early and appeared to be cruising toward a one-sided, laugher of a win. Instead, the visitors found their legs in the second half of the game and only a first-time trick would send Caps fans home with a treat.