NHL Game Summary - Washington at Calgary
(Saturday, October 30th)
Final Score: Washington 7, Calgary 2
Calgary, AB (Sports Network) - Alex Ovechkin scored a pair of goals and dished out an assist, as the Washington Capitals used a six-goal second period to dominate the Calgary Flames, 7-2, at the Saddledome.
Nicklas Backstrom had a goal and three assists for the Capitals, who have won three of four. Mike Green and Alexander Semin each recorded a goal and two helpers.
Michal Neuvirth made 27 saves in the victory.
"The power play started going and the guys were feeding off of that," Capitals head coach Bruce Boudreau said. "It was a rocky beginning but I thought it was a great end. We got every bounce known to man."
Curtis Glencross and Olli Jokinen lit the lamp for the Flames, who have lost two in a row since a three-game winning streak.
Miikka Kiprusoff turned aside 21-of-27 shots. Henrik Karlsson allowed one goal on one shot in the second period before Kiprusoff came back in the game.
The Flames actually got off to a good start, scoring a pair of goals within the first 11:05. Just 44 seconds into the first period, Calgary won a faceoff in the Washington zone. A shot from the right point deflected off Jokinen in front and past Neuvirth.
Glencross' slapper beat Neuvirth glove side at the 11:05 mark to make it 2-0.
The rest of the game was all Capitals. Backstrom's wrister at the 15:22 mark cut the gap to 2-1.
"We actually played a real good first period, as good of a period as we've played all year," Flames head coach Brent Sutter said. "When you put a team like that on a 5 on 3 you're in dangerous territory and they certainly capitalized on it. We took some bad penalties and they nailed us for it."
Ovechkin recorded consecutive power-play goals early in the second frame to jump start a six-goal stanza. With a two-man advantage, Green controlled the puck at the right circle. He slid a cross-ice pass to Ovechkin, whose one- timer found the back of the net at the 3:43 mark.
Just 12 seconds later, Ovechkin found the back of the net again with a wrister from the left circle to give the Capitals a 3-2 edge.
After the Flames turned the puck over in their own zone, Green lit the lamp to make it a 4-2 game at the 10:28 mark. Matt Bradley scored just 13 seconds later to give Washington a 5-2 margin.
Semin's snap shot with 6:05 left in the middle stanza made it 6-2. David Steckel added a goal on a penalty shot with 1:37 remaining to account for the final margin.
Only once have the Caps scored more than six goals in a period on the road (seven, 1993 at LA)...The Flames fell to 2-2 on a five-game homestand... Calgary had won two in a row against Washington...The Capitals went 3-for-4 on the power play, while the Flames went 0-for-6 with the man advantage.
10/31 01:45:38 ET