Capitals Climb Back To Defeat Kings, 4-3; Dmitry Orlov Records Three Points

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The Washington Capitals defeated the Los Angeles Kings by a score of 4-3 at Capital One Arena Saturday night. The win improves the Captials’ record to 3-3-0 and 6 points on the season. Goaltender Darcy Kuemper made 21 saves in the victory.

Lines & Pairs

Alex Ovechkin — Evgeny Kuznetsov — Conor Sheary
Marcus Johansson — Dylan Strome — T.J. Oshie
Aliaksei Protas — Lars Eller — Anthony Mantha
Joe Snively — Nic Dowd — Garnet Hathaway

Martin Fehervary — John Carlson
Dmitry Orlov — Nick Jensen
Erik Gustafsson — Trevor van Riemsdyk

Darcy Kuemper
Charlie Lindgren

Scratches: Center Connor McMichael, left-wing Beck Malenstyn, and defenseman Matt Irwin

Injuries: Center Nicklas Backstrom (hip), right-wing Tom Wilson (ACL), left-wing Carl Hagelin (hip), and right-wing Connor Brown (lower-body)


First Period

The opening frame went by without a score.

Quick Stats

SOG: 9-5 Capitals

Face-Off Win %: 64% (Kings); 36% (Capitals)

Hits: 9-7 Capitals


Second Period

The Kings would get on the board first with a goal from defenseman Sean Durzi to make it 1-0 at the 1:26 mark.

Kings’ center Phillip Danault would extend L.A.’s lead to 2-0 at the 15:23 mark.

Quick Stats

Total SOG: 16-13 Capitals

Face-Off Win %: 57% (Kings); 43% (Capitals)

Total Hits: 18-11 Capitals


Third Period

Center Nic Dowd (2) would cut the Kings’ lead in half and make it a 2-1 game 3:11 into the final period. Defenseman Nick Jensen (3) assisted.

Defenseman John Carlson (2) would tie the game up at 2-2 at the 4:10 mark off assists from center Evgeny Kuznetsov (5) and fellow blueliner Dmitry Orlov (2).

Center Lars Eller (2) would give the Capitals a 3-2 lead midway through the period. Orlov (3) and Carlson (3) had the helpers.

L.A. would tie it at 3-3 at the 10:31 mark from a goal by left-wing Viktor Arvidsson.

With 5:25 left, the Capitals would regain the lead, 4-3, thanks to left-wing Marcus Johansson (2). Orlov (4) and right-wing T.J. Oshie (3) assisted.

That would be the final score.

Quick Stats

Total SOG: 32-25 Capitals

Face-Off Win %: 64% (Kings), 36% (Capitals)

Total Hits: 32-16 Capitals

Notes Through the Game

  • Dowd’s goal marked his third point (2g, 1a) in six games this season.
  • Jensen recorded his third assist of the season. Jensen is six points shy (13g, 81a) of 100 career points.
  • With a goal tonight, Carlson extended his point streak to three games (2g, 2a).
  • Kuznetsov picked up his fifth assist in five games this season, which leads the Capitals.
  • Orlov’s assist on the Capitals’ third goal marked his second assist of the game and his third assist in his last two contests. It also marked Orlov’s 18th career multi-assist game.
  • Carlson registered the secondary assist on the Capitals’ third goal, his second point of the game, and his fifth point (2g, 3a) in his last three games.
  • Carlson is now four points shy of 600 career points and four points shy of passing Michal Pivonka (599) for the fifth-most points in franchise history.
  • Johansson picked up his fourth point (1g, 3a) in the last three games.
  • Orlov recorded his second career three-assist game.
  • Oshie now has five points (2g, 3a) in six games this season. Since his rookie season in 2008-09, Oshie’s 367 assists rank eighth in the NHL among right wings.
  • The Capitals overcame a two-goal deficit entering the third period to win in regulation for the second time this season (also Oct. 17 vs. Vancouver). Washington’s two wins after trailing at the end of two periods is tied with the Columbus Blue Jackets for the most in the NHL.
  • The Capitals scored four goals in the third period against Los Angeles, their second four-goal third period of the season (also Oct. 17 vs. Vancouver). The Capitals have scored eight goals in the third period this season, which ranks tied for second in the NHL.
The Capitals kick off a four-game road trip with a stop in Newark, New Jersey, clashing with the Devils at Prudential Center on Monday. NBC Sports Washington will have the coverage beginning at 7 PM ET.

By Della Young

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11 Responses to Capitals Climb Back To Defeat Kings, 4-3; Dmitry Orlov Records Three Points

  1. Jon Sorensen says:

    Never a doubt! 😬🤪

  2. Anonymous says:

    Just win baby!

  3. Della Young says:

    Cardiac Caps

  4. Anonymous says:

    Yawn

    • Anonymous says:

      If that game didn’t keep you on the edge of your seat, maybe you should take up needle point.

      • Anonymous says:

        Needle point would have been more interesting. They were slow and uninspired through two periods. Had a good third against a mediocre team playing a long road trip. Not a recipe for success against better teams. Old, slow and disinterested. Only hope is that they will play up to the level of competition when the schedule gets harder.

  5. novafyre says:

    Thursday Pits beat Kings 6-1. Caps should have won this game and I’m glad that they were able to come back and do it. But can’t keep digging that hole especially against a middle of the pack team on a long road trip.

    36% faceoff percentage. Jon, what is Beags doing? He’s not under contract with anyone yet I can’t find that he has officially retired. We need him coaching faceoffs.

  6. DWGie26 says:

    Was at the game tonight. Fun third period but really we were on them all game.

    great to see all the goats (Eller, Mojo, and JC74) get goals tonight.

    I also really liked the modified Dee pairings with Orlov-JC74 and Fever-Jensen. Needed a change there.

    Third line was great. Protas continue to impress but damn, put one in the net big guy!

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