Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Alex Ovechkin Scores Fifth Goal in Five Games as Capitals Down Canucks

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Alex Ovechkin Scores Fifth Goal in Five Games as Capitals Down Canucks

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Ovechkin scores again, Capitals down Canucks

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VANCOUVER - For 55 minutes, it didn't look like it was going to be Alex Ovechkin's night.

The Washington Capitals sniper fired shot after shot at Vancouver Canucks goalie Ryan Miller -- odd-man rushes, one-timers -- but couldn't get anything through.

Then with the score tied 2-2 in the third, Evgeny Kuznetsov fed Ovechkin on a 2-on-1 for a final attempt that fluttered up and over Miller, off the crossbar and in with 4:55 left in regulation Thursday as the Capitals downed the Canucks 3-2.

Ovechkin smiled when asked about his fifth goal in as many games after having so many other chances saved.

"Muffin shot by me and it goes in," he said, adding later: "Lots of opportunities today to get more, but that's why they have goalies.

"Lucky one."

Jay Beagle, with a goal and an assist, and Jason Chimera also scored for Washington (5-1-0), which picked up its fourth straight victory and won in Vancouver for the first time since 2001. Braden Holtby made 23 stops.

Henrik Sedin and Radim Vrbata had a goal and an assist each for Vancouver (3-2-2), while Miller made 32 saves in the loss.

Down 2-1 through 40 minutes, the Capitals tied it at 5:42 of the third after Vrbata gave the puck away behind his own net, with Beagle eventually tipping John Carlson's point shot past Miller for his first of the season.

"It somehow tipped up and hit me and came out and I took a swing at it," said Beagle. "It was a melee, a nice grinder goal."

Holtby stopped Daniel Sedin on a 2-on-1 midway through the period before stoning Bo Horvat with under seven minutes to set the stage for Ovechkin's winner.

"That's my job," said Holtby. "A team like Vancouver, they are going to get chances. They are pretty skilled, creative, and that's one thing we knew coming into the game."

The Canucks are now 0-2-2 at home this season and have dropped the first three of a five-game homestand. …

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