Ovechkin Leads Washington Over Wild
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) —Alex Ovechkin scored his league-leading 34th goal and had three assists,helping the Washington Capitals in a 5-2 win against the Wild on Thursday night.
In eight career games in Minnesota, Ovechkin has 11 goals.
Nino Niederreiter scored his 100th NHL goal and Eric Staal added his 26th of the season in the third period for the Wild. Devan Dubnyk stopped 22 shots as Minnesota's franchise-record home points streak was snapped at 13 games.
"For a guy that's played so great recently, it could be arguably said that those were four soft goals tonight," Wild coach Bruce Boudreau said of Dubnyk.
Eight goals away from 600 for his career, Ovechkin has particularly tormented the Wild. In 14 career games against Minnesota, he has 15 goals and 10 assists and the Capitals are 10-3-1 in those games.
He had a hat trick in each of his last two visits to the Wild's Xcel Energy Center and has a point in 12 straight games against Minnesota.
"I don't know," Ovechkin said. "Ice is good here, atmosphere is good, and I have good luck here too."
It was the first time in nine home games that the Wild had trailed during regulation. Calgary scored the first two goals on Jan. 9 on the way to an overtime win.
"I thought we played well," Dubnyk said. "They got a couple breaks and that's the game. We just have to keep playing well. I don't think we expected to win the rest of the games at home. We played a pretty good game. That's all that matters and we'll play a better game next time and get back at it."
Oveckhin ended up alone in front of Dubnyk for his goal less than five minutes later.
"I know when he's dancing out there, he's going to get some points," Capitals coach Barry Trotz said. "He's got a lot of points left in him. He's very productive still."
Minnesota scored twice in the third but Washington countered each time.