Washington at Anaheim

Ovechkin scores in fifth consecutive game as Caps outlast Ducks


ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Alexander Ovechkin is dangerous enough when the Washington Capitals are at even strength. Having him on the power play is tantamount to piling on.

The reigning NHL MVP scored with the man advantage to extend his goal streak to five games and added three assists, sending the Capitals to a 6-4 victory against the Anaheim Ducks on Wednesday.

"A guy like Alex Ovechkin probably rubs off on everybody in the league," Anaheim's Bobby Ryan said. "You're certainly excited to see him play and compete against him. He brings out his best every game and brings out the best in everybody around him."

Last season, Ovechkin won the Rocket Richard Trophy with a league-high 65 goals, the most ever by a left wing. He captured the Art Ross Trophy as MVP with 112 points to lead Washington to a Southeast Division title. His goal total represented 27.2 percent of the team's total output.

The Capitals awarded him with a $124 million, 13-year contract extension, and he's only 23. Washington is 15-0-1 in the past 16 games in which Ovechkin has scored a goal, and 25-3-2 in the past 30 such games. In the Capitals' previous contest, he scored the tying goal with a second left in regulation before they lost to New Jersey in a shootout.

Tomas Fleischmann and Mike Green scored less than two minutes apart early in the first period with the man advantage. Nicklas Backstrom, Matt Bradley and David Steckel also scored and Michael Nylander had two assists for the Capitals, who were 3-for-8 on the power play while winning for the sixth time in seven games.

"We've been practicing it and practicing it," coach Bruce Boudreau said. "Just because we haven't scored multiple goals, it doesn't mean that we haven't had chances. I think we have scored one in four or five games in a row, and we are steadily moving the percentage up. Those things are difference-makers and we thought today with special teams were going to make the difference in the game."

Rob Niedermayer, back in the Anaheim lineup after a one-game benching, was sent off for slashing at 1:26 of the second period and Ovechkin scored on the ensuing power play for his eighth goal of the season and a 4-2 Washington lead.

"We beat a great team tonight," said Ovechkin, who has 14 points in his past five games. "We just tried to play it simple, and that is the key for us. We have a lot of skilled guys, and we just have to use our skills. Sometimes we just try to play too fancy. But tonight we just shot the puck, controlled the game and created some great chances to score goals. And you saw the results."

The only other time Ovechkin played in Anaheim was Jan. 13, 2006, when he scored in overtime to complete a hat trick and give the Capitals a 3-2 victory.

"It's fun to play against a team you don't see a lot because sometimes they don't know what you can do," Ovechkin said. "It's always important when you have a good start."

Washington played without Alexander Semin, who missed his second successive game because of an undisclosed upper-body injury. Sergei Fedorov missed his sixth straight with a sprained ankle, as did Shaone Morrisonn due to a groin injury.

Ryan scored his first two goals of the season and assisted on another for the Ducks, who were 2-3-1 on their longest homestand of the season. Teemu Selanne also scored, Ryan Getzlaf had a goal and an assist and Corey Perry had three assists.

Ducks backup goalie Jonas Hiller, who made 29 saves against the Los Angeles Kings on Sunday for his first NHL shutout, was rewarded by coach Randy Carlyle with another start -- and promptly gave up three goals on six shots before he was pulled at 7:13 of the first period for Jean-Sebastien Giguere.

"Coming out and giving up three goals right away, it doesn't help our cause. We have to be ready to play for the full 60 minutes," Perry said. "It's an uphill climb when you get down 3-0 in the first five minutes. The rest of the game we had to battle back."


  • The Capitals scored the first two times they had the man advantage. Fleischmann extended his goal-scoring streak to three games.
  • Ryan, playing his second game since being recalled from the minors, scored 24 seconds after the Ducks switched goalies. He then set up Getzlaf for a short wrist shot from the slot that beat Jose Theodore high to the glove side at 16:56.
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Alex Ovechkin's four-point night gives him six goals and eight assists since Nov. 10.  (Getty Images)
Alex Ovechkin's four-point night gives him six goals and eight assists since Nov. 10. (Getty Images)
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Anaheim (10-8-2)2024
Three Stars
A. Ovechkin

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 3
B. Ryan

Goals: 2
Assist(s): 1
V. Kozlov

Goals: 0
Assist(s): 1

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Scoring Summary
02:19Power Play - Tomas Fleischmann (7), Wrist Shot. Assist: Green, Ovechkin
03:54Power Play - Mike Green (7), Slap Shot. Assist: Nylander, Ovechkin
07:13Nicklas Backstrom (3), Backhand Shot. Assist: Kozlov, Ovechkin
07:37Bobby Ryan (1), Wrist Shot. Assist: Perry
16:56Ryan Getzlaf (8), Wrist Shot. Assist: Ryan, Perry
02:43Power Play - Alex Ovechkin (8), Snap Shot. Assist: Clark, Nylander
17:48Matt Bradley (2), Wrist Shot. Assist: Steckel, Gordon
10:06Dave Steckel (3), Snap Shot. Assist: Jurcina, Schultz
10:33Bobby Ryan (2), Snap Shot. Assist: Marchant, Parros
12:00Power Play - Teemu Selanne (10), Snap Shot. Assist: Getzlaf, Perry
Penalty Summary
01:44Hedican, 2 min, Hooking
02:59Getzlaf, 2 min, Interference
10:06Perry, 2 min, Roughing
11:27Nylander, 2 min, Hooking
11:59Kunitz, 2 min, Cross-Checking
13:28Ovechkin, 2 min, Charging
18:53Erskine, 2 min, Tripping
01:26Niedermayer, 2 min, Slashing
02:46Brashear, 5 min, Fighting
02:46Parros, 5 min, Fighting
06:06Steckel, 2 min, Hooking
09:24Festerling, 2 min, Slashing
12:09Erskine, 2 min, Hooking
04:22Niedermayer, 2 min, Hooking
11:23Ovechkin, 2 min, Interference
14:31Ryan, 2 min, Roughing
14:31Parros, 2 min, Bench - Too Many Men on the Ice
14:31Erskine, 2 min, Roughing
18:49Pronger, 2 min, Hooking
18:49Steckel, 2 min, Slashing
Shots On Goal
Jose Theodore60:00284
Jean-Sebastien Giguere51:27243
Jonas Hiller 7:1333
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