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Capitals 5, Blues 4, SO

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 3:48 AM

Associated Press

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Capitals 5, Blues 4, SO
St. Louis Blues 4, Washington Capitals 5

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Washington Capitals blew three leads, survived a penalty shot in overtime and couldn't dispatch the lowly St. Louis Blues in three rounds of a shootout.

The Capitals never got discouraged, though, and their perseverance was finally rewarded.

Matt Pettinger scored in the fourth round of the shootout, giving Washington a 5-4 victory Thursday night and its first three-game winning streak in three years.

``I was just happy to get the win,'' said Capitals goaltender Olie Kolzig, who stuffed a penalty shot by Mike Sillinger in overtime. ``It was an ugly game. I wish we would have won in regulation, but we won, and that's the bottom line.''

Alexander Ovechkin had a goal and an assist, and scored in the shootout for Washington. His 33 goals are a team record for a rookie, breaking the mark set by Bobby Carpenter in 1981-82.

In his last six games, the 20-year-old Russian has eight goals and five assists.

``He always makes the right shot, the right move,'' Sillinger said. ``He's a talented young player.''

After the Capitals lost leads of 1-0, 2-1 and 4-3, the shootout went to a fourth round tied at 1. Kolzig kicked away a shot by Scott Young before Pettinger beat Curtis Sanford, providing Washington with its first three-game winning streak since January 2003.

``Stick side. I've gone there a few times, and it seems to be working for me,'' Pettinger said.

Dean McAmmond tied the game at 4 with 4:29 left in regulation, but it wasn't enough to prevent the Blues from losing their eighth straight. St. Louis, however, took consolation in getting a point on the road.

``It's been a struggle, but I think we're staying in games and giving ourselves a chance to win,'' Sanford said. ``If we can keep doing that, then hopefully we'll be able to capitalize and get some wins.''

Sillinger, Young and Dennis Wideman scored power-play goals for the Blues, who dropped seven straight on the road. It was the first time in 10 games since 1997 that St. Louis lost to Washington.

The Blues were poised to win with 4:09 left in overtime when Washington defenseman Ivan Majeski handled the puck in the crease, and Sillinger stepped up to take the penalty shot.

``I was going down the ice and the puck rolled up my stick and I had to settle it down,'' Sillinger said. ``Kolzig covers the bottom of the net really well and is quick up top. I thought I'd catch him backing up. He made a good save.''

The Blues had several more chances to score, but Kolzig had six saves during the five-minute session.

The Capitals trailed 3-2 before Chris Clark and Brian Willsie scored on successive shots. After Clark got his ninth goal with 18:53 left in regulation, Willsie scored on the power play with 16:07 to go after taking a pass from Ovechkin, who received his 27th assist.

The lead stood until McAmmond put in the rebound of a shot by Young. But Washington recovered to become the last NHL team to have a three-game winning streak since the start of the 2003-04 season.

``Everyone knows we're a young team. Three wins in a row right now is huge for our confidence,'' Pettinger said.

After falling behind twice, the Blues used goals by Young and Wideman to escape the first period with the score 2-all.

Ben Clymer put the Capitals up 1-0 with 4 minutes elapsed, deftly skating around Wideman before beating Sanford with a backhander.

After Young tied it at 9:27 with a blast from just inside the blue line, Ovechkin answered 25 seconds later. He used a forehand-to-backhand move to get around Eric Weinrich on the left side, then fired a wrist shot that soared over Sanford's left shoulder and into the back of the net.

Sillinger got the only goal of the second period.

Notes: The Blues finished 1-9 against Eastern Conference foes, including 0-5 against the Southeast Division. ... Washington went 5-5 against the West. ... St. Louis has won only twice this season when the opposition scores first.

scoring summary
1st Period
04:00
WSH
Ben Clymer (7) ASST: NONE
1 - 0 WSH
09:27
STL
PPG - Scott Young (9) ASST: Dean McAmmond (7), Petr Cajanek (21)
1 - 1 Tie
09:52
WSH
Alex Ovechkin (33) ASST: Chris Clark (10), Nolan Yonkman (1)
2 - 1 WSH
18:23
STL
PPG - Dennis Wideman (5) ASST: Mike Sillinger (18), Dallas Drake (11)
2 - 2 Tie
2nd Period
02:55
STL
PPG - Mike Sillinger (17) ASST: Doug Weight (30), Dallas Drake (12)
3 - 2 STL
3rd Period
01:07
WSH
Chris Clark (9) ASST: Nolan Yonkman (2)
3 - 3 Tie
03:53
WSH
PPG - Brian Willsie (7) ASST: Alex Ovechkin (27), Bryan Muir (11)
4 - 3 WSH
15:31
STL
Dean McAmmond (13) ASST: Scott Young (20), Barret Jackman (5)
4 - 4 Tie
OT Period
NONE
Shootout
RNDSTLWSH
1P. CajanekB. Laich
2D. WeightA. Ovechkin
3D. McAmmondD. Zubrus
4S. YoungM. Pettinger
penalty summary
1st Period
00:34
STL
Bryce Salvador  Hooking
04:53
STL
Scott Young  Hooking
07:56
WSH
Brendan Witt  Tripping against  Vladimir Orszagh
11:42
WSH
Dainius Zubrus  Interference
11:54
STL
Christian Backman  Hooking against  Brian Sutherby
17:27
WSH
Brooks Laich  Hooking against  Mark Rycroft
2nd Period
02:15
WSH
Nolan Yonkman  Hooking against  Vladimir Orszagh
04:34
WSH
Brooks Laich  Holding against  Dallas Drake
09:10
STL
Petr Cajanek  Holding against  Brooks Laich
12:54
WSH
Brendan Witt  Interference
3rd Period
03:03
STL
Dallas Drake  Tripping against  Shaone Morrisonn
05:20
WSH
Ivan Majesky  Boarding against  Ryan Johnson
12:10
WSH
Olie Kolzig  Delaying Game-Ill. play goalie
12:42
STL
Dallas Drake  Hooking against  Brendan Witt
OT Period
NONE
goalie stats
Curtis Sanford
SA: 30TOI: 64:58
Saves: 26EV: 21 - 24
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 5
SV%: .867SH: 1 - 1
Olie Kolzig
Olie Kolzig
SA: 34TOI: 64:35
Saves: 30EV: 23 - 24
PIM: 2PP: 7 - 10
SV%: .882SH: 0 - 0

 
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