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
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,"
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
11/14 01:12:14 ET