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Capitals clinch playoff spot by beating Lightning 5-3

Washington Capitals right wing T.J. Oshie, right, celebrates with left wing Marcus Johansson (90) after scoring against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the first period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, March 18, 2017, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

Washington Capitals right wing T.J. Oshie, right, celebrates with left wing Marcus Johansson (90) after scoring against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the first period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, March 18, 2017, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) T.J Oshie had three goals and an assist, Justin Williams and John Carlson had early third-period goals, and the Washington Capitals clinched a playoff spot by beating the Tampa Bay Lightning 5-3 on Saturday night.

Oshie scored twice, including an early power-play goal, as the Capitals took a 2-0 lead midway through the first. He completed the hat trick with an empty-netter during the final minute. Oshie has 10 goals and 19 points in 14 games against Tampa Bay.

Williams had a redirection goal 3:14 into the period before Carlson swatted a thigh-high puck home to make it 4-2 at 5:30.

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Washington also got four assists from Nicklas Backstrom, and Braden Holtby stopped 26 shots.

Nikita Kucherov had two goals, and Alex Killorn had the other goal for the Lightning. Andrei Vasilevskiy made 30 saves.