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Kuznetsov nets Caps a point, but Kings win in shootout

Mar 25, 2014, 10:13 PM EDT

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The narrative flipped a few times between the Washington Capitals and Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday.

First it seemed like Alex Ovechkin would power Washington to a big win with his two goals. Then it seemed like the Kings would ride a three-goal third-period outburst to a rueful outcome for the Caps. Ultimately, the Kings overcame a late goal by Evgeny Kuznetsov for a 5-4 shootout win.

Caps climb … a bit

Washington finishes with 80 standings points, with the East’s wild card situation seeing all kinds of activity thanks to this loss, the Columbus Blue Jackets’ win against the Detroit Red Wings and the Toronto Maple Leafs dropping their sixth in a row against the St. Louis Blues. (More on that muddy playoff picture in a future PHT post.)

The Capitals appeared to lose Nicklas Backstrom during the game, which could be an especially big concern now that they’re in every-game-counts mode.

Streaky Kings

With this, the Kings now own a four-game losing streak.

Los Angeles has been interestingly streaky lately. Since Jan. 28, they lost four in a row, won eight straight, dropped three consecutive games and now find themselves on this four-game run. It’s doubtful that they’ll catch the San Jose Sharks or Anaheim Ducks for the first or second spot in the Pacific Division, yet they’re making a compelling case for the Sharks and Ducks to do what they can to avoid a first-round matchup with them.

More on the game

While Ovechkin’s three-point night (he added an assist after those early tallies) seemed like more of the same, the Kings received contributions from players both obvious (Dustin Brown with one goal and one assist) and less expected (Dwight King scores his 14th goal of the season, adds 15th assist).

Curiously, Caps fans took their hats off for Kuznetsov’s first career NHL goal, not his first career hat trick:

It was an odd scene late in that game, as the overtime included some tumultuous moments, including a big collision between Alex Ovechkin and Jack Hillen. Hillen was able to leave the ice under his own power, at least (eventually).

  1. capspats - Mar 25, 2014 at 10:28 PM

    It sucks, we just can’t hold on to leads. At least we were able to salvage a point, but we simply can’t keep letting these 2 goal leads slip by. I also wonder how bad backstrom’s hurt, hopefully he’s alright cause we’re gonna need him these last few games

  2. lowenni - Mar 25, 2014 at 10:37 PM

    It isn’t curious why Caps fans took their hats off for Kuzya’s goal, it was because Ovi had the shot from the slot that led to the goal and many Caps fans thought that Ovi’s shot had gone in itself, which would’ve given him 3 goals for the game. But Kuzya collected the rebound with Ovi getting the primary assist.

    Aside from that, some notes…I saw some promising signs from the Caps along with more of the same. The 3rd line of Fehr, Ward, and Chimera is simply awesome and brings so much energy every night. Our defense was pretty solid save for a few turnovers that ended up in the back of the net. Mike Green had a very, very good game. Can’t blame Halak for any of the goals. Hillen looks like he may have been concussed in the collision with Ovechkin. Kuzya’s awesome. Lets go Caps.

  3. blomfeld - Mar 25, 2014 at 10:46 PM

    WHAT CAN BROWN DO FOR YOU ?

    “the Kings received contributions from players both obvious (Dustin Brown with one goal & one assist)” …

    Hopefully this game will have the Brown haters finally ‘zip their traps’ for good eh ? Anyway, it sounded like quite the game featuring a very ‘impressive’ counter attack on our part after falling behind 2-0 in the first. I suppose ‘some’ praise is in order for Ovi with two more goals scored ? Nonetheless, he and the Caps are playing for their playoff lives in front of their own fans, therefore it was a given that this wouldn’t be easy. We on the other hand are already in, even though still have a ways to go before we chase down the Sharks and Ducks.

    GO KINGS GO !!! … TODAY, TOMORROW AND FOREVER !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :) :) :)

    • joey4id - Mar 26, 2014 at 8:52 AM

      And the winner goes to……. Jeff Carter. TC knew what they were doing when they added to the roster.

  4. ravenscaps48 - Mar 25, 2014 at 10:47 PM

    I hope Blomfeld chokes on Elvis’ rotting member

    • lowenni - Mar 25, 2014 at 10:48 PM

      Hey, at least he gave Ovi and the Caps some credit for a close game. There’s plenty of times for Caps fans to hate on Blomfeld, but this may not be one of them.

    • rocoop - Mar 25, 2014 at 10:54 PM

      Ease up..It’s all in fun

      • blomfeld - Mar 25, 2014 at 11:49 PM

        Rocoop … that’s the spirit friend ! :)

        “may it be that the excellent poster Rocoop soon comes to encounter ‘lakes’ of fine wine and ‘armies’ of highly attractive women … inshallah”

  5. aldog83 - Mar 25, 2014 at 11:09 PM

    When Brown and Richards score….

    The Kings don’t seem to lose.

    Carter and Kopitar have been consistent all year.

    With scoring support from Richards..Brown and newly acquired Gaborik.

    Kings can make a run again.

    They have a mobile defense that can score.

    Doughty…Voynov…Muzzin….and Martinez has 10 pts in six games.

    Quick had been a GAMER in postseason.

    West is harder then ever!

    But Kings are built for playoff grind.

    They just dont matchup well with speed of Chicago. ..

    But Game on!

    If tonight balance continues. ..

    Kings are ready.

    • aldog83 - Mar 25, 2014 at 11:11 PM

      Correction 10 pts in 12 for Martinez.

      sorry.

      P.s.
      The richards takedown the empty net breakaway tonight….

      Shouldn’t. That be at least a penalty shot?

      Vs 2 minute minor?

      • blomfeld - Mar 25, 2014 at 11:40 PM

        It’s okay friend … Martinez already entered the NHL’s ‘best defense men’ conversation two years ago … :)

      • patthehockeyfan - Mar 26, 2014 at 1:12 PM

        The ref said that Richards was taken down from the side, not from behind. The skaters were side-by-side. Hence, 2-minute minor and no penalty shot.

      • aldog83 - Mar 27, 2014 at 3:26 AM

        cool.

        thank you for taking the time to explain.

    • blomfeld - Mar 25, 2014 at 11:45 PM

      “They just dont matchup well with speed of Chicago” …

      I would beg to differ friend … perhaps you’re not familiar with Aesop’s fable about the tortoise and the hare ?

    • lowenni - Mar 25, 2014 at 11:59 PM

      Stop
      Commenting like
      This
      It’s
      Really annoying
      I will kill you
      Thanks

      • blomfeld - Mar 26, 2014 at 12:17 AM

        *** only minutes ago during a routine traffic stop in LA County ***

        LAPD Officer Blomfeld: your license and registration please …

        Lowenni: go to hell you asshole ! … I hate the Kings !

        LAPD Officer Martinez: watch it Blom, he’s packing !

        Lowenni: shut up ! … I hate everyone !

        LAPD Officer Blomfeld: put your hands on the wheel right now and don’t move !

        Lowenni: I said shut up ! … I hate you !

        LAPD Officer Martinez: yeah, we don’t like you … KAPOW !! .. KABOOM !! .. KAZAAM !!

        LAPD Officer Blomfeld: dispatch, we’ve taken down a crazy at the corner of 190th & La Cienega …

        Dispatch: Stand by Unit 27 … nut wagon is on the way …

      • lowenni - Mar 26, 2014 at 1:09 AM

        Haha, for once I chuckled at your post Blom. Well done. Respect for the Kings though.

  6. ravenscaps48 - Mar 26, 2014 at 12:21 AM

    “Why won’t you die?”

    -Austin Powers

    • blomfeld - Mar 26, 2014 at 12:44 AM

      Because I can’t friend, as ‘truth’ is eternal … join us won’t you ? … the welcome mat is forever there :)

  7. muckleflugga - Mar 26, 2014 at 1:38 AM

    ravenscaps48

    excellent insult … gotta love the imagination and the imagery … A++

    good crack there blommer … you’re in a rare form

    did i mention i’ve revised my opinion and now think brown is one of the cleanest and smartest players in the league … this after his timely goal

    the pukes who yakked-up the short-handed equalizer can chow-down on the king’s rotting member … lmao

    good one … i’ll be borrowing it for future use

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