NHL Game Summary - Washington at Los Angeles |
(Wednesday, December 14th)
Final Score: Washington 3, Los Angeles 2
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Jamie Heward scored his second power-play
goal of the game with 1:03 remaining to break a tie and lift the Washington
Capitals over the Los Angeles Kings, 3-2, at the Staples Center.
Brian Sutherby scored short-handed and Alexander Ovechkin added two assists
for the Capitals, who broke a two-game losing streak. Olaf Kolzig made 24
saves in the victory.
"Tonight we took a step in the right direction," said Capitals coach Glen
Hanlon. "We have a young group that's learning and we are proud of them every
night. They work hard and it's nice to be rewarded on the road."
Eric Belanger and Sean Avery scored for the Kings, who have lost two of their
last three and six of their last eight games. Jason LaBarbera made 26 saves in
Washington was down 2-1 entering the third period. However, they knotted the
game up with the tally by Sutherby at the 8:58 mark. Sutherby brought the puck
deep into the Los Angeles zone. From the right boards, he skated out front and
from the left side of the net flicked a shot past an outstretched LaBarbera.
Tim Gleason was called for high-sticking with 1:10 to play and the Capitals
Ovechkin had the puck at the left circle and fed a pass to Heward at the right
point. He hesitated for a moment looking for someone to pass to. However,
Heward found no one and fired a slap shot that beat LaBarbera, with the puck
going into the left corner of the net.
"I saw the initial shot but lost it," said LaBarbera. "I have to look at it
again. It hit the top of my pad and went in I think."
The Capitals opened the scoring with a power-play goal. Ovechkin snapped a
wrist shot from the left circle that LaBarbera made a left pad save on.
However, the rebound went right to Heward and he shot it in just 7:58 into the
However, the Kings answered with a power play goal of their own to tie the
game. On a give-and-go play with Pavol Demitra, Belanger tipped in
Demitra's pass for his 11th goal of the season with 5:28 to play in the
Los Angeles took a 2-1 lead in the second period. Aaron Miller let fly with a
wrist shot from the right point and Avery tried to deflect the puck, but
stopped it right on the doorstep. However, he gathered the disc and flicked it
past Kolzig with 7:50 left until the second intermission.
Washington concludes its two-game road trip at San Jose on Friday...The Kings
will play the Mighty Ducks at the Pond on Friday...The Capitals finished the
game 2-for-11 on the power play...Los Angeles scored twice in its nine power
play attempts...The Capitals are 3-10-1 on the road this season...This was the
first win in four attempts for Washington against Los Angeles.
12/15 02:42:07 ET