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NHL Game Summary - Minnesota at Washington

(Friday, November 13th)

Final Score: Washington 3, Minnesota 1

Washington, DC (Sports Network) - Brian Pothier's third-period tally proved to be the game-winner, as the Washington Capitals defeated the Minnesota Wild, 3-1, at Verizon Center.

Mike Green and Brooks Laich also scored for the Capitals, who have won four straight. Semyon Varlamov made 29 saves to improve his record this season to 7-1-0.

Cal Clutterbuck potted the lone goal for the Wild, who have dropped three of five. Josh Harding, making his third start of the season, absorbed the loss despite a 38-save performance.

Washington broke a 1-1 tie when Pothier took a drop pass from Mathieu Perreault in the left circle and ripped a shot past Harding on the blocker side two minutes into the third period.

"They came out real quick, and we knew they played last night, so we knew if we could hang on...it would probably start to show. We did a good job of hemming them in, especially in the second period, and I think it wore them out a bit. Fortunately we got the goal when we needed it," said Pothier.

Laich's empty-net marker sealed the deal with 37 seconds remaining.

Clutterbuck opened the scoring at 1:31 of the second period, firing a wrister from the top of the right circle that found the far side of the net.

Green countered a little over four minutes later when he skated down the middle of the ice and one-timed a Tomas Fleischmann pass behind Harding while Antti Miettinen served a high-sticking penalty.

"For the most part, I think we weathered the storm pretty well. They had some good chances and [Harding] was unbelievable. It is what it is I guess," lamented Clutterbuck.

Game Notes

Washington right winger Mike Knuble suffered a broken finger in the game and will be sidelined 3-to-4 weeks...The home team has won nine out of 10 games in the all-time series...The Capitals played their fifth straight game without Alex Ovechkin (upper-body strain)...Washington visits the Devils on Saturday...Minnesota concludes a four-game road trip Sunday at Carolina.

11/14 01:12:14 ET

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