NHL Game Summary - Washington at Minnesota
(Monday, November 24th)
Final Score: Minnesota 4, Washington 3
St. Paul, MN (Sports Network) - Cal Clutterbuck scored his first two NHL goals, as Minnesota escaped with a 4-3 win over Washington at the Xcel Energy Center.
Marek Zidlicky and James Sheppard also scored for the Wild, who snapped a two- game losing streak. Niklas Backstrom made 25 stops for the victory.
Matt Bradley, Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom scored late third-period goals for the Capitals, who nearly recovered from a 4-0 deficit but have dropped three in a row and four of five.
Jose Theodore allowed four goals on 33 shots but was strong down the stretch as his club mounted a comeback.
After showing little spark for most of the contest, Bradley finally answered for the Caps with 5:17 to play. Ovechkin made things interesting with a rocket shot 1:24 later.
Backstrom added a power-play goal with 1:44 to play for a one-goal contest and Theodore went to the bench with a little more than a minute remaining, but couldn't generate one good chance for the tying goal.
"The difference was that we finally started to play well in the neutral zone, controlled the puck and put together an attack," Ovechkin said of the late burst. "We have speed and went to the offensive zone and created some good moments."
Clutterbuck notched his first-ever goal as he wristed home the rebound of Marc-Andre Bergeron's initial chance with 6:06 to play in the first period.
His second goal of the game, while Minnesota had the extra man, gave the Wild a 2-0 lead at the 5:09 mark of the second, another rebound goal off a shot from Brent Burns.
"I'm very excited for the first one," Clutterbuck said. "The second one was lucky I guess. Sometimes you wonder if it's ever going to come. It was my 17th game and I was working hard the whole time. It motivates you to work even harder."
Zidlicky's 5-on-3 power-play blast made it 3-0 for the home team 3:07 into the third period, and Sheppard notched his first of the season for a four-goal Minnesota advantage at 7:17.
The Wild have won each of their last four home games against the Capitals and improved to 5-1 in the last six meetings dating back to the 2002-03 season...Ovechkin has seven goals and 20 points in 11 games since returning from Russia to be with his ailing grandfather.
11/24 23:17:34 ET