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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.

Game Notes

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


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