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The Washington Capitals fell to the Los Angeles Kings 5-2 Thursday night at Capital One Arena. The loss dropped the Capitals record to 14-11-1. The Capitals continue their season-long homestand Saturday night when they host the Metropolitan Division-leading Columbus Blue Jackets. Puck drop is 7:00 PM.
Braden Holtby (13-5-0, 2.59 GAA, .921 sv%) got the start in goal for the Caps. Jonathan Quick (11-8-1, 2.28 GAA, .929 sv%) was the starting netminder for the Kings. The starting lines for the Capitals:
Christian Djoos returned to the lineup after missing six games due to an upper body injury. Taylor Chorney and Brett Connolly were the healthy scratches. Andre Burakovsky missed his 19th game due to a broken hand. Nathan Walker was placed on waivers earlier in the day. Aaron Ness was placed on waivers on Wednesday, cleared waivers today and has reported to Hershey.
The Capitals would strike first with a goal by Evgeny Kuznetsov at 4:04 of the first period. The rush was setup by nice steal and feed from Dmitry Orlov. This was Orlov’s 100 point of his NHL career.
However the Kings would knot things up at one a piece on a breakaway and follow-up goal by Marian Gaborik at the 11:08 mark of the opening frame.
The period would end in a 1-1 tie. The Capitals outshot the Kings 13-10 for the opening frame. Washington won the faceoff battle 56-44%. There were no penalties called in the first period.
The Capitals would retake the lead at the 1:23 mark of the middle frame on Evgeny Kuznetsov’s second goal of the game.
The Capitals were whistled for too many men on the ice, giving the Kings the game’s first power play at 4:29, but the Capitals would squash the Kings opportunity. The Caps would get their first man-advantage immediately following the expiration of the Kings power play at the 7:00 mark, but Washington was unable to capitalize.
The Kings would tie the game on a long-range shot and deflection in front of the net by Jonny Brodkinski at 10:01.
nine seconds later the Kings would take their first lead on a breakaway from the ensuing faceoff by Jussi Jokinen at 10:10 of the middle frame.
The period would end with the Capitals trailing 3-2. The Kings led in shots on goal 7-6 for the middle frame. The Caps led 19-17 through two periods of play. Both teams were 0 for 1 on the power play.
The Capitals and Kings played a fairly even start to the third period. Both sides would squander power play opportunities by the midway point of the final frame.
The Kings would add two empty net goals with less than a minute to go, and that would be the final, as the Kings would hold on for the 5-2 win.
- In his 759th career Capitals game, Nicklas Backstrom will take the opening face off and has now passed Mike Gartner (758) for seventh in franchise history in games played. Michal Pivonka sits in sixth with 825 Capitals games played.
- Dmitry Orlov registered his 100th point of his NHL career.
- The scoreless third period would be the first scoreless period for the Caps in 11 straight periods.
- NHL box score here.
By Jon Sorensen
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