Garnet Hathaway scored twice late within the third interval and the Washington Capitals beat Los Angeles 2-0 Wednesday night time, snapping the Kings’ eight-game level streak.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Garnet Hathaway scored twice late within the third interval and the Washington Capitals beat Los Angeles 2-0 Wednesday night time, snapping the Kings’ eight-game level streak.
The Capitals prolonged their level streak to 6 (5-0-1) with the win. They’re tied with the Florida Panthers for essentially the most factors within the NHL with 25.
The sport was scoreless till there was 3:30 remaining, when John Carlson caught Jonathan Fast enjoying out of place and flipped a go to Hathaway, who was in a position to put it into the web.
“Tonight, what a play by Kuzy (Evgeny Kuznetsov) to John, and that’s one thing we’ve been speaking about, attempting to get layers of the web but additionally discovering a backdoor presence as nicely. And John is a ability participant, so I simply needed to stand there and put my stick on the ice,” Hathaway mentioned.
Hathaway then added an empty-net objective with 1:18 left. He has 5 targets on the season and 6 factors within the final 4 video games.
“I believed he was enjoying good hockey, however with the quantity of offense that’s out of the lineup proper now, to have him contributing the way in which he’s is basically, actually essential,” Capitals coach Peter Laviolette mentioned of Hathaway. “He skates nicely, he handles the puck nicely. Shoots it arduous. He goes to the web, he goes to the arduous areas. There’s no motive why he shouldn’t rating targets, so it’s good to see him get rewarded.”
Ilya Samsonov made 34 saves for his second shutout this season and fifth of his profession.
Los Angeles had a pair of scoring possibilities within the second however got here away empty. Samsanov made a sprawling save on a wrist shot by Trevor Moore seven minutes into the interval. He then made a pad save on Matt Roy’s shot from the purpose and two subsequent rebound possibilities by Moore late within the interval.
“It was a extremely good efficiency by him. He appeared like he was answerable for the sport, management of his crease. Targeted. He did a extremely good job,” Laviolette mentioned of Samsanov.
Fast, who stopped 36 pictures, had a four-game profitable streak snapped. It’s the second time the Kings, 7-0-1 throughout their streak, have been shut out this season.
“We’re not gonna go sit within the nook and suck our thumb over this one. You already know, we did some great things,” Kings ahead Anze Kopitar mentioned. “We’re definitely not happy with the result, however there’s components of the sport that I feel have been fairly good at the moment. So we’ll construct on that and take the subsequent step.”
Washington’s greatest alternatives earlier than Hathaway’s first objective got here on a pair of one-timers by Alexander Ovechkin from the faceoff circle on energy performs throughout the second and third intervals that Fast was in a position to cease.
“Oh, this was definitely a decent recreation. It felt playoffish just a little bit the place there simply wasn’t any area both means. Each groups actually needed to work arduous simply to even get a shot off,” Kings coach Todd McLellan mentioned. “On the finish of the night time, it felt prefer it was going to be that kind of recreation, the place it was going to be one objective and it was going to be the distinction.”
ONE STREAK AFTER ANOTHER
The Capitals have been the seventh staff in league historical past and the primary since Montreal in 2016 to face two completely different groups on consecutive days with level streaks of eight video games or extra. Anaheim gained in extra time 3-2 on Tuesday to increase its win streak to eight.
Samsonov has a 34-10-4 profession document within the NHL, together with 22-3-2 document on the street. Because the begin of the 2019-20 season, Samsonov’s 22 street wins are tied for sixth within the NHL and essentially the most amongst goaltenders with 30 or fewer street video games performed.
Capitals: At San Jose on Saturday.
Kings: Host Carolina on Saturday.
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