- In the third period, the Washington Capitals defeated the Calgary Flames 5-4, with Alex Ovechkin scoring twice and Nic Dowd scoring the game-winning goal.
- Due to Jacob Markstrom’s absence, Dan Vladar started for the second time in three games and made 22 saves in the loss.
- With a sharp pad save, Vladar stopped McMichael, but Milan Lucic bobbled the rebound into the slot, where Sheary scored his fourth goal in as many games.
The Washington Capitals beat the Calgary Flames 5-4 in the third period, with Alex Ovechkin scoring twice as well as Nic Dowd scoring the game-winning goal.
Ovechkin’s second goal, which came into an empty net at 18:12 to make it 5-3, was 766th of his career, tying him for third all-time in the NHL with Jaromir Jagr.
After Elias Lindholm’s second goal brought Calgary back within one goal with 40 seconds left, Ovechkin had an opportunity to complete his hat trick in the dying seconds. Still, his shot at the empty net was diverted by Lindholm.
Washington (31-18-9) also got goals from Connor Sheary and Anthony Mantha to win its three-game Western Canada road trip.
Calgary’s (34-15-7) 13-game unbeaten streak on home ice was snapped. Adam Ruzicka and Oliver Kylington also scored for the Flames. The Flames, who lead the Pacific Division, have lost 14 of their last 17 games.
Washington won thanks to Vitek Vanecek’s 31 saves. He now has a record of 13-7-5.
Dan Vladar, who was starting for the second time in three games due to Jacob Markstrom’s absence, made 22 saves in the loss. He now has a record of 8-4-1.
At 3:45, with the score tied 2-2 after 40 minutes, Kylington’s slapshot deflected off Connor McMichael’s stick and past Vanecek to give Calgary its second lead of the night.
However, Mantha’s goal tied the game at 8:21, and the Capitals took the lead just over three minutes later.
After getting the puck near the sideboards, Dowd created a nice cut to sidestep Lindholm, then pulled a shot into the top corner from the face-off dot for his eighth goal and first in ten games.
In the second, the Capitals fell behind 2-0 but rallied to tie the game.
Vladar stopped McMichael with a sharp pad save, but Milan Lucic bobbled the rebound into the slot, where Sheary buried his 4th goal in as many games. Sheary has a four-game point streak under his belt (four goals, two assists).
At 13:23, the Capitals tied the game on a turnover. In front of his net, Sean Monahan lost the puck to Evgeny Kuznetsov, who passed it to Alex Ovechkin, who ripped a shot past Vladar.
On a two-on-one opportunity halfway through the first period, Lindholm took a pass across from Johnny Gaudreau and beat Vanecek for his 28th goal.
At 8:54 of the second, Ruzicka made it 2-0.
Source: Global News
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