Getzlaf on Ovechkin: ‘I didn’t know he was going to dive the way he did tonight’
Alexander Ovechkin and Andre Burakovsky each scored twice Sunday night as the Washington Capitals defeated the Anaheim Ducks 5-3.
Marcus Johansson’s 14th of the season at 3:27 of the second period stood to be the game winner.
Ovechkin, who also assisted on Burakovsky’s two goals, now has a league-leading 36 on the season passing Rangers’ forward Rick Nash.
Not everyone was impressed with Ovechkin’s four-point night.
Ovechkin and Ryan Getzlaf had a run-in on the ice during the first period. Post-game Getzlaf had some choice words for the Washington captain.
“I didn’t know he was going to dive the way he did tonight,” said Getzlaf per the L.A. Times’ Helene Elliott. “All over the [expletive] ice. That part of it is a little embarrassing. Pardon my language. He’s a great player.
“He’s going to score goals and make plays. That other stuff’s embarrassing.”
Andrew Cogliano scored both goals for the Ducks. It was his first multi-goal game since Mar. 2, 2013.
Defenseman Hampus Lindholm had two assists in the loss.
Francois Beauchemin appeared in his 500th game with the Ducks Sunday night. He joins Ruslan Salei (594) as the only other Ducks defenseman to reach the milestone.
Justin Peters made 30 saves for the win while John Gibson stopped 23 shots in the loss.
Anaheim lost defenseman Sami Vatanen (lower body) and forward Matt Beleskey (upper body) in the first period. Neither player returned to the game and Bruce Boudreau had no update on either player post-game.