NHL Game Summary - Los Angeles at Washington
(Thursday, February 5th)
Final Score: Los Angeles 5, Washington 4
Washington, DC (Sports Network) - Anze Kopitar registered two goals and an assist as the Los Angeles Kings escaped with a 5-4 win over the Washington Capitals at the Verizon Center.
Patrick O'Sullivan, Michal Handzus and Kyle Calder also tallied for the Kings, who have won five of their last six games. Alexander Frolov, Dustin Brown and Jarret Stoll each collected two assists, while Jonathan Quick made 41 saves.
"My defense did a great job in front of me," said Quick. "The penalty kill was great the entire game. Definitely a team effort."
Mike Green had a goal and an assist, and Alex Ovechkin notched his league- leading 37th goal of the season for Washington, which suffered just its fourth regulation loss at home this season (21-4-1). The goal-scoring leader among defenseman, Green has lit the lamp in five straight games and raised his season total to 17. Green led all rearguards last season with 18 goals.
Jose Theodore yielded five goals on 35 shots in defeat.
"The game plan was to get the puck deep and play the game in their corners," said Capitals head coach Bruce Boudreau. "How many times did we lose the puck by trying to be too cute at the blueline. That part is unacceptable."
The Capitals cut their deficit to 4-3 courtesy of Ovechkin's 200th career goal. The No. 1 overall pick in 2004, Ovechkin spun around in the right circle and snapped a wrister into the far side of the net with 9:28 remaining in the third period.
The "Great 8" became just the fourth player in NHL history to score 200 goals in his first four years in the league, joining Wayne Gretzky, Mike Bossy and Mario Lemieux.
Calder crashed the crease and jammed the puck home to seemingly cement the win with 1:33 left in the game, but Green's long wrister from the right point was redirected by Brooks Laich with 1:06 remaining and Theodore on the bench.
Quick made several excellent saves in the game's dying seconds to preserve the win.
Washington's Alexander Semin opened the scoring just 15 seconds into the game with his 20th goal of the season. Laich came out from behind the enemy cage and spotted the former first-round pick all alone in the slot for a one- timer.
Kopitar pumped in the equalizer at the 8:55 mark of the first period. While on a two-man advantage, the third-year center drifted into the middle of the right circle and unleashed a laser of a wrist shot past the glove of a screened Theodore.
Los Angeles stormed out of the gate in the middle stanza. Kopitar lifted the puck over the catching glove of Theodore 13 seconds into the frame for a 2-1 Kings lead.
Moments later, Handzus netted a short-handed goal to widen the gap. With O'Sullivan off for holding, Frolov snapped a shot that squeezed through the left arm and torso of Theodore and laid in the crease. Handzus followed up the play and banged in the loose puck at the 1:02 mark.
Still on the power play, Green went upstairs on Quick at 1:43.
O'Sullivan restored a two-goal lead at 7:26 of the second. A turnover just inside the Kings' blue line led to an outlet pass from Kopitar to O'Sullivan, who broke in alone and beat Theodore over the glove with a wrister.
Nicklas Backstrom recorded two assists for Washington...Semin has scored at least 20 goals in each of his last three campaigns...Los Angeles has won five of the last seven meetings with the Caps.
02/06 00:21:43 ET