In tonight’s game between the Los Angeles Kings and the Washington Capitals, in which the Kings defeated the Caps 5-4 in a shootout, both a major milestone in a young player’s career and a validation of how to earn a “C” on your sweater occurred. The game tying goal was on a very athletic play by Caps winger and captain Alex Ovechkin when he leaped over a defenceman to shoot the puck between the legs of Kings goalie Jonathan Quick which set up Evgeni Kuznetsov to finish it off in the final minute of regulation. While flying over the defenceman Ovie dove head first into the goal, quickly grabbed the puck that Kuznetsov scored with and skated over to the Caps bench to give to him as a momento.
With this loss tonight Washington has now lost seven straight games to the Kings, the last time they beat the Kings was seven years ago on February 8, 2007. On the plus side, since the Caps did go into a shootout tonight, they extend their streak of games with at least one point to six. The Kings have extended their hot streak now winning 12 of their last 15 games despite giving up more goals tonight then what they average per game.
Alex Ovechkin, along with his assist to Kuznetsov, scored the first two goals of the game on power plays making it his 85th career multi-goal game. Forward Dustin Penner scored his first goal as a member of the Caps and Troy Brouwer added two assists. Caps goalie Jaroslav Halak despite the 36 saves tonight, moves to 19-19 in shootouts overall in his career and 6-6-2 in his career when playing the Kings. Kings forwards Dustin Brown and Dwight King each recorded a goal and an assist each.
The Caps will have three days off and then will square off with the Boston Bruins for a little Saturday afternoon game in hopes of bouncing back from this loss. Game time will be 12:30pm/ET at the Verzion Center.
About the Author
Written by Brendan Keelan
Former High School and College athlete (football, Wesley College)