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game recap

Capitals 5, Ducks 1

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 1:49 AM

Associated Press

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Capitals 5, Ducks 1
Anaheim Ducks 1, Washington Capitals 5

The Ducks stayed right with the NHL's hottest team for two periods, but they ran out of steam during the final 20 minutes at Verizon Center and were defeated by the Capitals 5-1.

Tied 1-1 going into the third, Anaheim surrendered four goals to the Eastern Conference-leading Capitals in its third loss in the first four games of a season-long six-game road trip.

Rookie Dan Sexton scored for the the lone goal for the Ducks, his ninth of the season. Jean-Sebastien Giguere, making his first start since Jan. 3, held steady until Shaone Morrisonn's shot deflected off Steve Eminger's left skate to start Washington's onslaught.

"It's a little frustrating, because after that first goal in the period, it seemed like we just went flat. It felt like everybody just kind of quit," Giguere said. "We were still in it. It was an unfortunate bounce off Steve's skate, but these things are going to happen. It would have been important for us to come back and re-establish ourselves after that goal. But for some reason we didn't seem to have the energy anymore to fight it off."

"The guys like what they're doing - and they like winning," Washington coach Bruce Boudreau said. "We talked about it in the dressing room in between periods - we're going to go after them. We've got a good thing going. Let's just take it right to them and see where it leads."

Morrisonn, Mike Knuble and Alexander Semin scored on consecutive shots to break open a tie game, helping the Capitals win their eighth straight - their best run since an eight-game streak in 1988-89. It also improved their home record to a league-best 19-3-3 on the season.

Alex Ovechkin scored his 34th goal in the first period and had two assists in the third, while Semin added another goal - his 25th of the season - on a 5-on-3 power play in the third. Semin has six goals and eight assists in seven games.

Since Ovechkin became captain on Jan. 5, Washington has won 11 of 12 games and scored at least four goals in all but one of them. The Capitals are averaging 3.83 goals per game - more than a half-goal better than any other team - and are on pace to become the league's highest scoring team since the Pittsburgh Penguins in 1995-96.

Ovechkin, held without a point against the Islanders, needed only 36 seconds to score against the Ducks, but it was the third-period spree that settled the game.

First came Morrisonn's goal, his first in nearly a year. Ovechkin did most of the work on Knuble's goal, making a stellar move down the right side before making the pass. Semin's first goal was a breakaway, set up by a three-line pass from Brooks Laich.

"You want to get the first one out of the way and keep going from there," said Morrisonn, who last scored on Feb. 22, 2009. "We want to get more offense from everybody."

That's a scary thought for future Capitals opponents.

"They're very comfortable playing the game the way they played it tonight," Anaheim coach Randy Carlyle said. "That's their game. And they played it to a T."

NOTES: The Capitals are two wins shy of the franchise record 10-game winning streak set in 1983-84. ... Washington took a season-high 49 shots. ... Ovechkin has scored the first goal of the game a league-high 11 times. ... The Ducks were playing in Washington for the first time since Dec. 8, 2006, when they won, 6-1. ... The Capitals have scored in 21 of 23 periods. They had a run of 12 scoring periods in a row before the Ducks shut them out in the second period.

scoring summary
1st Period
00:36
WSH
Alex Ovechkin (34) ASST: Mike Knuble (14), Mike Green (39)
1 - 0 WSH
2nd Period
11:23
ANA
Dan Sexton (9) ASST: Sheldon Brookbank (9)
1 - 1 Tie
3rd Period
01:45
WSH
Shaone Morrisonn (1) ASST: NONE
2 - 1 WSH
02:39
WSH
Mike Knuble (16) ASST: Alex Ovechkin (38), Shaone Morrisonn (8)
3 - 1 WSH
04:15
WSH
Alexander Semin (24) ASST: Brooks Laich (22), Jeff Schultz (13)
4 - 1 WSH
11:47
WSH
PPG - Alexander Semin (25) ASST: Nicklas Backstrom (37), Alex Ovechkin (39)
5 - 1 WSH
penalty summary
1st Period
04:10
ANA
Saku Koivu  Hi-sticking against  Alex Ovechkin
06:25
ANA
Ryan Getzlaf  Interference against  Eric Fehr
2nd Period
02:03
WSH
Alexander Semin  Tripping against  Steve Eminger
07:16
WSH
Brooks Laich  Interference on goalkeeper against  Jean-Sebastien Giguere
15:52
WSH
Mike Green  Roughing against  Bobby Ryan
15:52
ANA
Bobby Ryan  Roughing against  Mike Green
3rd Period
06:24
ANA
Mike Brown  Fighting (maj) against  Matt Bradley
06:24
WSH
Matt Bradley  Fighting (maj) against  Mike Brown
10:53
ANA
Corey Perry  Unsportsmanlike conduct against  Alex Ovechkin
10:53
ANA
Corey Perry  Slashing against  Alex Ovechkin
11:34
ANA
Matt Beleskey  Slashing against  Eric Fehr
16:47
WSH
Tom Poti  Roughing against  Ryan Getzlaf
16:47
ANA
Ryan Getzlaf  Roughing against  Tom Poti
16:47
ANA
Ryan Getzlaf  Roughing against  Tom Poti
16:47
WSH
Eric Fehr  Roughing against  Corey Perry
16:47
WSH
Eric Fehr  Roughing against  Corey Perry
16:47
ANA
Corey Perry  Roughing against  Eric Fehr
16:47
ANA
Corey Perry  Roughing against  Eric Fehr
16:47
WSH
Tom Poti  Roughing against  Ryan Getzlaf
goalie stats
Jean-Sebastien Giguere
SA: 49TOI: 60:00
Saves: 44EV: 31 - 35
PIM: 0PP: 12 - 13
SV%: .898SH: 1 - 1
Michal Neuvirth
Michal Neuvirth
7-4-0
SA: 31TOI: 60:00
Saves: 30EV: 26 - 27
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 4
SV%: .968SH: 0 - 0

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