Final Score: Washington 4, St. Louis 1
Washington, DC (SportsNetwork.com) - Alex Ovechkin scored twice while Braden
Holtby made 46 stops as the Washington Capitals took a 4-1 win over the St.
Louis Blues on Sunday.
John Carlson and Mikhail Grabovski each scored a goal while Nicklas Backstrom
posted three assists for the Capitals, who have won three straight and seven
"I think we've been playing decent hockey and hopefully we'll continue to
grow," said Washington head coach Adam Oates.
Vladimir Sobotka scored the only goal of the game for the Blues, who had won
five of six coming into the game.
Jaroslav Halak was pulled less than 16 minutes into the game after allowing
three goals on six shots. Brian Elliott stopped 13 shots the rest of the way.
The Capitals got on the board at 7:17 of the first period as Backstrom left
the puck for Ovechkin in the neutral zone and he flew into the St. Louis end.
From the right circle, Ovechkin blasted a shot past Halak.
Just over five minutes later, Ovechkin scored his second of the game and 17th
of the season when he put home a rebound in front of the net for a 2-0 lead.
Washington took a 3-0 lead with 4:19 left in the opening frame as Jason
Chimera fired a shot on net from the slot that was stopped, with Grabovski
potting the rebound for his seventh of the season.
The Blues got on the board at 5:29 of the second on the power play as Sobotka
found the back of the net on a wrister from the top of the slot.
Washington, though, got it back four minutes later with a power-play goal of
its own as Carlson's one-timer in the high slot off a feed from Backstrom made
it a 4-1 game.
"We got great effort from Sobotka's line. That line was outstanding," said
Blues head coach Ken Hitchcock. "I really thought when it was 3-1 we were
going to win the hockey game. I thought we had them on their heels. We were
really coming on the forecheck, and we were really creating a lot of
turnovers. They got that fourth goal and it kind of took the wind out of our
sails a little bit."
Holtby turned away 19 shots in the final frame to hold on for the win.
Washington hosts Pittsburgh on Wednesday ... St. Louis plays in Buffalo on
Tuesday ... Washington has won three of the last four over St. Louis ... Both
teams scored once on the power play, with Washington having four chances and
St. Louis five.
11/17 22:25:46 ET
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