04/03/2012 01:42 EDT | Updated 06/02/2012 05:12 EDT

NHL Capsules: Stamkos scores pair, Lightning hurt Capitals' playoff chances

TAMPA, Fla. - Steven Stamkos scored two late goals, giving him a NHL-best 58 this season, and the Tampa Bay Lightning handed the playoff-hopeful Washington Capitals a damaging 4-2 loss on Monday night.

Stamkos gave the Lightning a 3-2 lead with 1:03 left, just 2:14 after Jason Chimera tied it for Washington, when he put in a rebound. Stamkos then scored into an empty net at 19:58.

Washington, which also got a goal from Alexander Semin, is in eighth place in the Eastern Conference. The Capitals have a two-point lead over the Buffalo Sabres with two games remaining. The Sabres have three games left.

The Capitals are three points behind Southeast Division-leading Florida.

Teddy Purcell and Victor Hedman also scored for the Lightning, who have already been eliminated from playoff contention.


LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jonathan Quick made 19 saves in his NHL-leading 10th shutout, Slava Voynov scored in the opening minute of the third period, and Los Angeles moved closer to its second division title in franchise history by beating Edmonton.

Dwight King also scored with 2:32 to play for the Kings, who began a frantic final week in the Pacific Division by earning their 93rd point and opening a two-point lead over Phoenix (91), which sits seventh in the Western Conference. San Jose (90) and Dallas (89) also are in the tight race for the division crown and three playoff spots.

The Kings began the day in first place on a tiebreaker with Phoenix.

Los Angeles, which has won eight of 11, could clinch its first division title in 21 years with two regulation wins over San Jose in a home-and-home series starting Thursday — or the Kings could miss the playoffs.

Devan Dubnyk stopped 35 shots for the Oilers, who will miss the post-season for the sixth straight year. Edmonton lost to Los Angeles for the second time in four days.