NHL Game Summary - Washington at Phoenix
(Monday, January 16th)
Final Score: Washington 6, Phoenix 1
Glendale, AZ (Sports Network) - Alexander Ovechkin scored two goals, including a remarkable tally midway through the third period, and added an assist as Washington trounced the Phoenix Coyotes, 6-1, at Glendale Arena.
Ben Clymer and Matt Bradley each donated a goal and an assist for the Capitals, who have won two in a row since dropping six straight. Goaltender Brent Johnson came up with 21 saves in a winning effort.
Shane Doan had the lone Coyote goal while Keith Ballard and Petr Nedved picked up the helpers for Phoenix, which had a two-game win streak snapped.
Brian Boucher allowed six goals on 34 shots.
Ovechkin got credited for the game's opening tally, which was actually knocked in by a Phoenix player, and Doan scored on a power-play deflection later in the first period to make it 1-1 after 20 minutes of play.
Washington would pull away from there, however, scoring four unanswered goals in the second stanza to take a commanding 5-1 lead.
Clymer got things started just 30 seconds in, one-timing home Brooks Laich's soft pass from behind the net to put the Capitals back in front.
Dainius Zubrus got his 11th goal of the season just 2:13 later. With his team on the power play, Ovechkin established control in the zone and then whipped a cross-ice feed to Zubrus, who blasted it into the open net.
Brian Sutherby made it 4-1 midway through the frame and Bradley lit the lamp with 6:19 remaining on a shot from the slot to cap the second-period surge.
Ovechkin then provided the highlight of the night, and one of the top goals of the year.
The left wing stormed into the zone on a 1-on-1, cut from right-to-left across the goal and was ridden to the ice before he could release a backhander. With his back on the surface, Ovechkin -- with arms outstretched and the puck well above his head -- took a whack and was able to knock the disc just inside the near post.
That tally, which came at the 11:54 mark of the third, capped the scoring.
Ovechkin extended his point streak to six games and now has 14 goals over his last 13 outings...The Coyotes, who are 11-10-1 at home, will host Florida on Thursday...The Capitals, who improved to 6-13-1 on the road, will begin a three-game homestand Thursday against St. Louis...Phoenix is 3-2-2 (two ties) in its last seven clashes versus the Caps.
01/16 18:56:48 ET