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Lightning end 12-game losing run against Caps

TAMPA (Reuters) - The Tampa Bay Lightning ended a 12-game losing streak against the Washington Capitals with a 7-4 victory on Tuesday.

Earlier, Tampa had raced into a first period 4-1 lead after an opening effort from Vincent Lecavalier, two goals from Steven Stamkos and a Stephane Veilleux wrist shot but the Capitals clawed their way back.

Tampa's victory was their first over Washington since November 16 2007.

(Writing by Jahmal Corner in Los Angeles; Edited by Patrick Johnston)