NHL Game Summary - Los Angeles at Washington
(Thursday, February 8th)
Final Score: Washington 4, Los Angeles 3 (OT)
Washington, DC (Sports Network) - Dainius Zubrus tallied the game-winner with 2:32 left in overtime to lift Washington over Los Angeles, 4-3, at the Verizon Center.
In the extra session, Shaone Morrisonn grabbed the puck after a faceoff and sent a pass to Milan Jurcina at the right point. Jurcina then fired a slap shot which trickled through Mathieu Garon's pads, allowing Zubrus to tap in the disc for the win.
Zubrus also notched two assists while Boyd Gordon, Ben Clymer and Chris Clark rounded out the scoring for the Capitals, who have won two of their last three games. Alex Ovechkin's second-period assist ended a three-game drought without a point -- the longest of the 21-year-old's career.
Netminder Olaf Kolzig stopped 26 of the 29 shots he faced en route to his 19th win of the season.
Anze Kopitar, Alexander Frolov and Lubomir Visnovsky each had goals for the Kings, who have dropped two straight and 12 of 14 overall. Garon made 22 saves in defeat.
Los Angeles went up 1-0 when Kopitar lifted a wrister over Kolzig's glove 8:23 into the first period. Brent Sopel and Rob Blake assisted the power-play goal.
The second period featured a plethora of action as Washington lit the lamp three times to make it a 3-3 contest at the intermission.
Gordon got things started with a short-handed tally just 1:43 into the period to even things for the Capitals. After taking a pass from Matt Pettinger, Gordon skated down the right side and fired a slap shot from the blue line to beat Garon.
Washington then took a 2-1 lead on Clymer's wrap-around score at the 6:17 mark. Zubrus setup the score with a short chip pass in front of the net to Clymer, who went around and snuck the puck just inside the left post.
The Kings, though, netted the equalizer one minute, five seconds later when Frolov lit the lamp with a tip-in through Kolzig's five-hole.
Following a scuffle behind Los Angeles' net, Clark came out with the disc and put the Capitals ahead 3-2 with an 11-foot wrist shot 11:35 into the frame.
However, the Kings got the last laugh on Visnovsky's 48-foot slapper which knotted the contest with 1:15 remaining in the second.
In the third period, Washington registered 10 shots on goal compared to five from Los Angeles, but both teams failed to net the puck.
Derek Armstrong had two assists for the Kings...Los Angeles converted 1-of-6 on the power play while Washington finished 0-for-4 on the man advantage...Attendance was 15,527.
02/08 22:16:39 ET