Alex Ovechkin had a goal and an assist and Evgeny Kuznetsov notched a pair of helpers to lift the Caps to a 4-2 victory over the Panthers in Sunrise, Fla. on Thursday night.
With the victory, Washington, which recorded a season-high 46 shots on goal, ended a three-game slide and entered the All-Star break with some momentum. But the team also headed into the three-day hiatus with some concern for Kuznetsov, who suffered an undisclosed injury midway through the third period and did not return. There was no further update provided by the team.
Tarik’s three stars of the game:
1-Alex Ovechkin, Capitals
How could you go with anyone else? Ovi scored goal No. 30 in the second period to tie the score 2-2.
With the goal, Ovechkin became the 10th player to record 13 different 30-goal seasons. Ovechkin also earned assist No. 500 on Nicklas Backstrom’s power play tally in the first period, making him the second player in franchise history to reach the plateau (Backstrom entered the game with 568 assists).
2-Evgeny Kuznetsov, Capitals
Kuznetsov had two assists, marking his first multi-point game in 13 contests. The performance came a day after Coach Barry Trotz said he needed more from No. 92. Points and consistency, however, aren’t the biggest issues for Kuznetsov at the moment.
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3-Brett Connolly, Capitals
Connolly’s 13th goal of the season, on the power play, put the Caps ahead 4-2 early in the third period.
No. 10 now has four goals in the last five games and is two goals away from matching the career-high he established last season.
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