NHL Game Summary - Phoenix at Washington
(Saturday, January 23rd)
Final Score: Washington 4, Phoenix 2
Washington, DC (Sports Network) - Alexander Semin had a goal and three assists to lead the red-hot Capitals in a 4-2 win over the Coyotes at the Verizon Center.
Brooks Laich and Eric Fehr both registered power-play goals for Washington, which has amassed 28 goals over the course of a six-game winning streak. The Caps are 9-1-0 in their last 10 games.
Alex Ovechkin notched his 33rd goal of the season with an empty-netter, tying him with Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby for second in the league. Michal Neuvirth was solid with 28 saves.
Lauri Korpikoski had both goals for Phoenix, which was coming off a 3-2-1 homestand. Robert Lang assisted on both tallies and Ilya Bryzgalov finished with 30 saves.
Washington took an early lead by tallying on the power play, as Semin feathered a pass down into the crease from outside the left circle, and Laich scored on a deflection 8:23 in.
Phoenix countered when Korpikoski backhanded a loose puck into the net from the slot at 13:29 of the first.
The Capitals struck for a 2-1 lead on the power play with 6:38 left in the second period. Fehr had an initial wide-angle shot from outside the left post blocked off, but roofed a second attempt over Bryzgalov's near shoulder.
The hosts gained a two-goal lead with 2:54 remaining, as Semin whipped a low wrist shot inside the right post from the near circle.
"You don't want to just rely on your power play. It's really important that you get those five-on-five goals," Capitals head coach Bruce Boudreau said of Semin's key score.
Korpikoski was again rewarded for hovering around the net, banging back the rebound off a deflected point shot to get the Coyotes within 3-2 at 7:24 of the third.
"He plays at a good pace all the time. Tonight, he got fortunate with some pucks around the net. That's the type of compete we need," said Coyotes head coach Dave Tippett of Korpikoski.
Neuvirth, though, totaled 19 saves over the final 40 minutes and was strong in weathering three Phoenix power-plays in the third period to help preserve the win.
Ovechkin also had an assist and has been at the forefront of Washington's recent offensive outburst. The two-time Hart Trophy winner has amassed 20 points (7 goals, 13 assists) during a personal nine-game scoring binge...The Capitals have amassed an excellent 18-3-3 record at the Verizon Center this season, claiming a sixth straight home win on Saturday...Phoenix had taken four of the previous five matchups in this series, including two straight in Washington...Fehr also added an assist for Washington, which finished 2-for-7 on the power play. Phoenix was 0-for-5 on the man advantage.
01/24 01:51:51 ET