The Caps, fresh after four days off, got the strong start they were seeking thanks to a goal from Evgeny Kuznetsov just 4:04 into Thursday’s game. But Kuzy and Co. failed to close the deal. The Kings’ fourth line struck twice in the span of nine seconds midway through the second period, and Jonathan Quick took it from there, locking down a 5-2 victory for the visitors.
The defeat halted the Caps’ winning streak at three games and spoiled the start of a season-long five game homestand for Washington.
Tarik’s three stars of the night:
1-Jonathan Quick, Kings
The veteran Los Angeles netminder was the difference in this game, outdueling Braden Holtby, whose giveaway led to the Kings’ second goal. Quick made a highlight reel pad stop on Jakub Vrana in the first period, but he saved his best for the final frame. With about eight minutes remaining and the Kings clinging to a 3-2 lead, Quick, already down in the splits, dived back to thwart Christian Djoos with his arm.
2-Evgeny Kuznetsov, Capitals
Kuzy registered his second two-goal game of the season, tallying in the first and second periods. On his first goal, he controlled a pass from Dmitry Orlov and put a nice move on Quick. On the second, No. 92 made a crafty play. He raced into the zone with speed, slammed on the brakes at the top of the circle, waited for traffic to develop in front of Quick and sniped the puck past the netminder’s blocker.
Kuznetsov now has eight goals in 26 games. He didn’t get his eighth goal until Jan. 26th last season.
3-Dmitry Orlov, Capitals
Orlov set up Kuznetsov’s first goal by picking off an errant pass in the neutral zone and then making a decisive, accurate pass to Kuzy on the fly.
The assist was Orlov’s 100th of his career. No. 9 now has helpers in three of the last four games. He also skated 24:21.
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