Game Recap – 2/4/2020 – Los Angeles Kings v. Washington Capitals

Los Angeles Kings (19-29-5 43pts) v. Washington Capitals (35-13-5 75pts)

 

Game Recap:

The Washington Capitals would continue their home stretch as they would host the Los Angeles Kings. In the first period both teams would trade powerplays, but neither team would be able to capitalize on their opportunities with the extra man. However, with a little less than five minutes left in the period Jeff Carter would rip a beautiful wrister past Braden Holtby to take the 1-0 lead.

 

In the second period the Kings would continue to control the pace of the game, but the Capitals would strike to tie the game at one with John Carlson’s 14th goal of the season.

 

Then in the third period the game would be a bit more even as both the Kings and the Capitals would generate chances, but both Holtby and Jonathan Quick would be up to the task. However, both teams would strike as Jeff Carter would net his second of the gamer to take the 2-1 lead for the Kings, but Alex Ovechkin would respond with his 696th and 697th career NHL goals (and 38th and 39th of the season) to give the Capitals their first lead of the game. Then with the goalie pulled Ovechkin would complete the natural hat trick as he would hit the empty net for his 11th 40 goal NHL season and 698th career NHL goal to give the Capitals the 4-2 victory over the Kings.

 

Lineups:

Los Angeles Kings:

Alex Iafallo — Anze Kopitar — Dustin Brown

Adrian Kempe — Blake Lizotte — Austin Wagner

Carl Grundstrom — Jeff Carter — Tyler Toffoli

Kyle Clifford — Michael Amadio — Trevor Lewis

Alec Martinez — Drew Doughty

Ben Hutton — Matt Roy

Kurtis MacDermid — Sean Walker

Jonathan Quick

Jack Campbell

Scratched: Joakim Ryan, Nikolai Prokhorkin, Derek Forbort

Injured: None

 

Washington Capitals:

Alex Ovechkin — Nicklas Backstrom — Tom Wilson

Jakub Vrana — Evgeny Kuznetsov — T.J. Oshie

Carl Hagelin — Lars Eller — Richard Panik

Brendan Leipsic — Nic Dowd — Garnet Hathaway

Michal Kempny — John Carlson

Dmitry Orlov — Nick Jensen

Martin Fehervary — Radko Gudas

Braden Holtby

Vitek Vanecek

Scratched: Travis Boyd, Jonas Siegenthaler

Injured: Ilya Samsonov (upper body)

 

First Period:

WAS Penalty – 3:33 – Carl Hagelin 2 minutes for Hooking

LA Penalty – 9:36 – Kurtis MacDermid 2 minutes for Slashing

LA Goal – 15:03 – Jeff Carter (15) from Tyler Toffoli (16) and Matt Roy (11)

 

End of 1st

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Second Period:

WAS Goal – 7:25 – John Carlson (14) from Nicklas Backstrom (31) Carl Hagelin (12)

WAS Penalty – 19:39 – Martin Fehravary 2 minutes for Holding

 

End of 2nd

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Third Period:

LA Goal – 11:33 – Jeff Carter (16) from Drew Doughty (22) and Alec Martinez (8)

WAS Goal –  – Alex Oveckin (38) from TJ Oshie (19)

WAS Goal – Alex Ovechkin (39) from John Carlson (50)

WAS ENG – 18:14 – Alex Ovechkin (40) from John Carlson (51)

 

End of 3rd

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Next Up:

Washington (36-13-5 77pts) v. Philadelphia Flyers (29-17-7 65pts)

Los Angeles Kings (19-30-5 43pts) @ NY Islanders (30-15-6 66pts)

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