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NHL Game Summary - St. Louis at Washington



(Thursday, January 19th)

Final Score: Washington 5, St. Louis 4 (SO)

Washington, DC (Sports Network) - Alexander Ovechkin and Matt Pettinger each scored during the shootout period as Washington edged St. Louis 5-4 at the MCI Center.

Ovechkin added a goal and an assist in regulation, while Chris Clark also tallied once and helped out an another for the Capitals, who also received a splendid performance in goal by Olaf Kolzig to record their first three-game win streak of the season.

Kolzig made 30 saves, none bigger than a stoning of Mike Sillinger on a penalty shot in overtime, and thwarted three more shots in the shootout.

Sillinger, Dean McAmmond and Scott Young each finished with a goal and an assist in the loss, the Blues' eighth in a row. McAmmond also scored in the shootout.

McAmmond sent the contest into extra time when he knocked in a carom of Young's slap shot with 4:29 remaining in regulation. St. Louis then had a golden opportunity less than a minute into OT.

Capitals defenseman Ivan Majesky attempted to clear a rebound while standing in the crease, giving the Blues a penalty shot. However, Kolzig made a big save on Sillinger to keep things even.

After Kolzig stopped St. Louis' first two chances in the shootout, Ovechkin flipped the puck over Curtis Sanford's glove to put Washington up 1-0. McAmmond tied it up by beating Kolzig stick-side before Sanford blocked Dainius Zubrus with his right pad.

Young then failed to get a good shot off and was rejected by Kolzig, and Pettinger decided the game with a well-placed attempt through Sanford's legs.

Sanford finished with 26 saves.

The Capitals trailed 3-2 heading into the third period before tallying twice in the first four minutes to move in front.

Sanford saved Clark's redirection of a Nolan Yonkman shot, but couldn't handle his follow-up chance that knotted the score just 1:07 into the frame.

Less than three minutes afterward and with Washington up a man, Ovechkin found Brian Willsie camped out to the left of the goal. Willsie quickly spun around and slid the puck past Sanford's right pad to give the hosts a 4-3 advantage.

Ben Clymer's unassisted tally with four minutes elapsed after the initial whistle gave Washington an early 1-0 edge. The right wing rushed up ice and blew past Dennis Wideman before sending a backhander by an out-of-position Sanford in a 1-on-1 situation.

St. Louis drew even near the midway point of the first period when Young ripped home a one-timer off a feed from McAmmond with the Blues on a power play.

However, Ovechkin sent the Capitals back in front just 25 seconds later. The rookie sensation faked out defenseman Barrett Jackman in transition before firing the puck over Sanford's glove.

The Blues shook off the score and forged back ahead by converting their next two power-play chances.

St. Louis tied things late in the first period with the Caps' Brooks Laich in the box for holding. Kolzig stopped Sillinger's blast from the right point, but the rebound went directly to Wideman, who quickly fired the puck into the net with 1:37 remaining in the opening session.

The Blues took their first lead of the night less than three minutes into the second when Doug Weight found Sillinger all alone in front of Kolzig and the veteran wristed a shot past the defenseless netminder.

St. Louis ended 3-of-8 with the extra skater.

Game Notes

Ovechkin's goal was his 33rd of the season, which broke Bobby Carpenter's rookie record set in 1981-82. He leads the NHL with six shootout goals...Ovechkin has now scored in five consecutive games (eight goals) and owns a seven-game point streak (nine goals, five assists)...Washington improved to 6-3 in shootouts while the Blues fell to 1-3...The Capitals end the season 5-4-1 against the Western Conference. St. Louis is 1-7-2 versus the East...Washington's win streak is the club's longest since a four-game run from December 19-27, 2002...Clark's goal was his first since December 27.

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