NHL Game Summary - Nashville at Washington
(Wednesday, December 7th)
Final Score: Nashville 5, Washington 2
Washington, DC (Sports Network) - Marek Zidlicky and Steve Sullivan scored two goals apiece as the Nashville Predators defeated the Washington Capitals, 5-2, at MCI Center.
Paul Kariya and Kimmo Timonen tallied two assists each and Chris Mason made 30 saves for the Predators, who have won four straight and six of their last seven games. Three of Nashville's five goals came on the power play. Nashville finished 3-for-6 with the man advantage, while the Capitals were 1-of-10.
Alexander Ovechkin and Ben Clymer both notched goals and Olaf Kolzig stopped 29 of 33 shots for Washington, which has lost six of its last seven contests.
Nashville drew first blood with 5:44 left in the first period while on the power play after Zidlicky one-timed a shot from the left circle on a cross-ice pass from Kariya for a 1-0 lead.
Zidlicky made it 2-0 with 1:16 left in the first period while on a four-on- three advantage after he one-timed a shot from the slot past Kolzig. Zidlicky took a pass from Kariya, who was alone at the side of the net. Kolzig cut down the angle on Kariya, forcing the pass to Zidlicky in the slot.
Washington drew back within one just 2:30 into the second period after Ovechkin got behind the Predators' defense and beat Mason with a wrist shot from down low to make it 2-1.
The Predators regained their two-goal advantage with less than three minutes remaining in the second period after Sullivan threw a shot on goal from the left circle that deflected off of Washington defenseman Steve Eminger's right skate and past Kolzig to make it 3-1.
The Capitals made it 3-2 midway through the third period after Clymer dunked a rebound into an open net. Matt Bradley gained the offensive zone and tried to stuff one past Mason, but Mason stoned him with the right pad. Clymer raced in and poked the rebound home.
Nashville extended its lead to 4-2 with 7:54 remaining in the contest after Sullivan banked a shot off of Kolzig from behind the Capitals' net for an unassisted power-play tally.
Scott Hartnell added an empty net goal for the final 5-2 margin.
The Predators have scored at least one power-play goal in 11 straight games...Nashville snapped a three-game losing streak at MCI Center...Ovechkin leads all NHL rookies with 17 goals, and his 30 points moved him ahead of Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby for first among first-year skaters....Washington, which fell to 7-6-1 at home, will host Detroit on Friday...The Preds, who improved to 5-2-3 on the road, will host the Rangers on Thursday.
12/07 22:07:21 ET