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SportRed-hot Kuznetsov has 4 points, Capitals beat Kings 6-4

05:41  12 february  2019
05:41  12 february  2019 Source:   ap.org

Capitals beat Flames 4-3 without Ovechkin to end 7-game skid

Capitals beat Flames 4-3 without Ovechkin to end 7-game skid The Washington Capitals shook off the absence of suspended star Alex Ovechkin to end a seven-game losing streak with a 4-3 victory over the Calgary Flames. 

Evgeny Kutznetsov recorded three points , including the overtime winner, lifting the Capitals to a 4 -3 win against the Avalanche.

Starts have gone from a weakness to a strength recently as Washington has now scored three goals in the first period of each of their last two games and three times Kuznetsov 's late goal helps Capitals burn the Flames and finally snap their losing streak. LOSS 4 : 6 . Sun | 04 Nov 18. Capitals vs. Stars.

Red-hot Kuznetsov has 4 points, Capitals beat Kings 6-4© The Associated Press Washington Capitals center Evgeny Kuznetsov (92), of Russia, celebrates after scoring with right wing Tom Wilson (43) and left wing Alex Ovechkin (8), of Russia, during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Los Angeles Kings, Monday, Feb. 11, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Al Drago)

WASHINGTON — Evgeny Kuznetsov continued his hot streak with two goals and two assists, leading the Washington Capitals to a 6-4 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Monday night.

BOX SCORE: CAPITALS 6, KINGS 4

Kuznetsov has six goals and six assists in six games since the All-Star break to help the defending Stanley Cup champions go 4-1-1 on their longest homestand of the season. Washington's leading scorer in last year's playoffs had 10 points in his previous 18 games before getting on this roll.

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The Capitals are having plenty of fun right now with the franchise's Stanley Cup banner in the rafters and almost the same team back. Perhaps most importantly, they still have Kuznetsov and Ovechkin, whose sublime chemistry from the playoffs was again on display against the Golden Knights.

The Capitals are having plenty of fun right now with the franchise’s Stanley Cup banner in the rafters and almost the same team back. Perhaps most importantly, they still have Kuznetsov and Ovechkin, whose sublime chemistry from the playoffs was again on display against the Golden Knights.

Alex Ovechkin scored his NHL-leading 38th goal and had two assists and Brett Connolly, Christian Djoos and Jakub Vrana scored for the Capitals, who overcame another handful of penalties. They were whistled for hooking three times in an eight-minute span in the first period to tie for first in the NHL in minor penalties with 201.

Washington won for the third time in four games because of its offensive outburst and 29 saves from backup goaltender Pheonix Copley, who was making his second start in three games.

It was a rougher night for Kings goalie Jonathan Quick, who allowed six goals on 31 shots behind some uneven defense. Austin Wagner scored twice and Tyler Toffoli and Oscar Fantenberg each had a goal for Los Angeles, which went 3-2-1 on its six-game trip and remains eight points out of the final playoff spot in an unusually tight Western Conference race.

Bruins shut out Capitals to end 14-game skid vs. Washington

Bruins shut out Capitals to end 14-game skid vs. Washington David Krejci scored, Tuukka Rask made 24 saves and the Boston Bruins beat the Washington Capitals 1-0 to snap a 14-game losing streak against the defending Stanley Cup champions. Rask picked up his 253rd career victory to take over first place on the Bruins' all-time list. Boston defenseman Brandon Carlo didn't believe there was necessarily a theme or specific problem that led to such a lopsided stretch against Washington and thought his team was getting closer to breaking through. The Bruins scored first in only three of the previous 14 meetings, and getting the first goal Sunday allowed them to finally beat the Capitals.

Washington Capitals center Evgeny Kuznetsov (92), of Russia, celebrates Kuznetsov continued his wizardry against the Vegas Golden Knights on Wednesday night, scoring a goal and assisting on three more as part of a 5-2 Washington Capitals victory in a rematch of last season's Stanley Cup Final.

Evgeny Kuznetsov and the Washington Capitals eliminated the Pittsburgh Penguins thanks to his overtime score in Game 6 . Kuznetsov beats Murray in overtime to win Game 6 .

NOTES: Djoos' goal was his first in 62 games dating to Dec. 30, 2017. He missed 24 games with compartment syndrome in his left leg before returning Saturday. ... Connolly has scored four goals in four games. ... The Capitals have scored three-plus goals in eight of their past nine games. ... The Kings traded C Nate Thompson and a 2019 fifth-round pick to the Montreal Canadiens for a 2019 fourth-round pick. ... Wagner was put in the lineup only after the Thompson trade and registered his first career multi-goal game. ... Kings C Jeff Carter missed his third consecutive game with a lower-body injury. ... Kings F Trevor Lewis played for the first time since Nov. 13 after returning from a lower-body injury.

UP NEXT

Kings: Return home to face the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday.

Capitals: Begin a season-high six-game trip Tuesday at the Columbus Blue Jackets.

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Caps beat Avs in OT, Colorado loses 5th consecutive game

Caps beat Avs in OT, Colorado loses 5th consecutive game Evgeny Kuznetsov scored the winning goal, backup Pheonix Copley made 34 saves and the Washington Capitals beat the Avalanche 4-3 in overtime to hand struggling Colorado its fifth consecutive loss. The Avalanche have lost 10 of their past 12 games and are the NHL's worst team since Dec. 7. Colorado is 5-15-4 in that time, going from tied for the most points in the Western Conference to out of a playoff position. Semyon Varlamov stopped 38 of the 42 shots he faced, but gave up rebounds and loose pucks all night.

Washington Capitals forward Evgeny Kuznetsov stays patient with the puck until the perfect moment to fire it past Islanders goalie Jaroslav Halak.

Kuznetsov had one of the biggest goals in Capitals history when he scored in overtime of Game 6 in the Eastern Conference Second Round to eliminate the two-time defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins and advance the Capitals to the conference final for the first time since 1998.

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Kuznetsov's overtime winner lifts Caps over Rangers, 6-5.
Evgeny Kuznetsov scored at 4:20 of overtime, just beating teammate Alex Ovechkin's stick to the puck, and the Washington Capitals defeated the New York Rangers 6-5.

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