NHL Game Summary - Vancouver at Washington
(Friday, October 26th)
Final Score: Vancouver 3, Washington 2
Washington, DC (Sports Network) - Taylor Pyatt scored twice as the Vancouver Canucks defeated the Washington Capitals, 3-2, at the Verizon Center.
Daniel Sedin scored the other goal while Roberto Luongo made 26 saves for the Canucks, who earned just their second win in the last six games and finished a four-game road trip with two wins and two losses.
Alexander Ovechkin had a goal and an assist while Michael Nylander scored the other goal for the Capitals, who have dropped five of their last six games.
Olaf Kolzig made 23 saves for Washington, which has dropped five straight against Vancouver.
The Canucks were awarded an early power play and they cashed in on the opportunity as Sedin banged in a bouncing puck from the slot just 2:11 into the contest.
Washington also capitalized on a power play. During a scrum in front of a rebound from a high slot shot, Nylander swiped the puck into the net for his first goal at home this season at the 8:45 mark of the first.
Pyatt, though, gave Vancouver a 2-1 lead with 8:44 left in the first as his shot from down low went through the pads of Kolzig.
Neither side lit the lamp in the second period with Kolzig making 12 saves and Luongo 10.
Luongo made the best stop of the frame with about six minutes left as he made a sliding pad save on a Nylander shot from the low right side.
The Canucks gave themselves some breathing room early in the third period with a power-play goal. Brendan Morrison snapped a shot on net from the low right side that hit Kolzig's shoulder and bounced off the crossbar, but the puck popped out front and Pyatt banged it in for a 3-1 lead at the 3:37 mark.
The Capitals made it a one-goal game with 96 seconds left with a power-play tally and Kolzig on the bench for the extra attacker. Chris Clark blasted a shot from the left circle that went wide, but it hit off the end boards and popped to the right side of the net where Ovechkin tapped it in to make it a 3-2 game.
Washington was awarded another power play when Sami Salo was called for slashing with 1:17 to play.
The team pulled Kolzig for a 6-on-4 opportunity, but was unable to tie the game as Vancouver escaped with the victory.
The Caps start a three-game road trip in St. Louis on Saturday...Vancouver returns home to face Detroit on Sunday...This was the first time Vancouver played in Washington since January 31, 2004, which was a 6-1 victory for the Canucks...Clark left the game with 50.9 seconds to play after he was hit in the head by a slap shot from Ovechkin. He laid on the ice before skating off with some assistance. He got stitches in his left ear after the game...Both teams went 2-for-5 on the power play.
10/26 22:31:03 ET