Ovechkin shines as Caps snap Elliott’s streak, beat Flames

WASHINGTON — Alex Ovechkin had a goal and two assists, T.J. Oshie scored his 30th of the season and the NHL-leading Washington Capitals defeated the surging Calgary Flames 4-2 on Tuesday night.

The top line of Ovechkin, Oshie and Nicklas Backstrom dominated all game. Ovechkin led all players with a season-high 11 shots, finally beating Flames goaltender Brian Elliott late in the third period for his 29th goal.

Evgeny Kuznetsov and Kevin Shattenkirk also scored, and Backstrom had three assists as the Capitals snapped Elliott’s franchise-record winning streak at 11 games. Elliott kept his team in it by stopping 36 shots as Calgary lost for just the fifth time in 22 games.

Playing his 300th career game, counterpart Braden Holtby celebrated his bobblehead night by making 29 saves for Washington, which has 102 points.

Sean Monahan and former Capitals winger Troy Brouwer scored for the Flames.

Despite the Flames being the NHL’s best team since Jan. 26, coach Glen Gulutzan saw this game as a challenge because of the Capitals’ ability to adapt their game to any style. With Ovechkin flying around the ice, Washington showed off its speed and physicality to win its first game since clinching a playoff spot Saturday at Tampa Bay.

Kuznetsov’s goal 6:47 in marked the 51st time the Capitals scored first this season, and they improved to 39-7-5 in those games. They had some moments of weakness, such as Monahan’s 24th goal of the season on a 2-on-1 with Johnny Gaudreau in the first period and a breakdown that led to a short-handed rush by Calgary’s Mikael Backlund and Michael Frolik in the second that Holtby stopped with a highlight-reel sliding pad save.

But the top line of Ovechkin, Backstrom and Oshie was in peak form. Following up his hat trick on Saturday, Oshie finished off a perfect pass from Ovechkin for his career-high 30th goal, and the linemates contributed to Shattenkirk’s first with Washington since he arrived from St. Louis in a trade-deadline deal.

Ovechkin scored on a power play in the final minutes on his final shot of the game.

NOTES: Elliott’s 11-game streak tied Mike Vernon for the longest in franchise history. … Flames forward Matthew Tkachuk served the first half of his two-game suspension for elbowing Kings D Drew Doughty in the face Sunday. … Only Hall of Famer Ken Dryden has more victories in his first 300 games than Holtby, 193 to 186. … Oshie, Shattenkirk and Elliott played together with the St. Louis Blues for four seasons from 2010-11 through 2014-15. … Brouwer’s goal was his first point in six games against the Capitals.

UP NEXT

Flames: Visit the Nashville Predators on Thursday.

Capitals: Host the Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday in a matchup between two of the top teams in the Metropolitan Division, Eastern Conference and NHL.

___

Follow Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/SWhyno.

Stephen Whyno, The Associated Press

Just Posted

Accused murderer takes stand

Jason Klaus said he had no idea his family would be killed by Joshua Frank

St. Patrick’s school modernization could include asbestos removal

Red Deer Catholic Regional Schools have told staff, students and parents connected… Continue reading

Campaign renews push to make Bighorn Backcountry a wildland provincial park, ATV groups unhappy

A push to provide provincial protection for the Bighorn Backcountry area has… Continue reading

Providing more services while keeping taxes low is Blackfalds’ dilemma

Town has undergone years of above-average growth

Creationist will speak at home-schooling convention in Red Deer

Ken Ham has debated Bill Nye on the Earth’s origins

VIDEO: Replay Red Deer: Nov. 19

Watch news highlights from the week of Nov. 13

Creationist will speak at home-schooling convention in Red Deer

Ken Ham has debated Bill Nye on the Earth’s origins

Update: Innisfail girl found

A 15-year-old missing Innisfail girl has been located safe and sound. Police… Continue reading

Cost to fix Phoenix pay system to surpass $540 million, auditor general says

The federal government’s chronic salary struggles will take more time and more… Continue reading

Red Deer Christmas Bureau to help 1,300 children this year

Demand is high, but Red Deer always provides

CP Holiday train makes stops in Central Alberta

The popular train will feature entertainment from Colin James and Emma-Lee

Kittens rescued after allegedly being tossed from vehicle

Couple finds abandoned kittens new home through Facebook

VIDEO: ‘Party bus’ goes up in flames in Vancouver

Fire crews responded to the late night blaze

Chicken crosses B.C. road, stops traffic

Rooster makes early morning commuters wait in Maple Ridge

Most Read


Five-day delivery plus unlimited digital access for $185 for 260 issues (must live in delivery area to qualify) Unlimited Digital Access 99 cents for the first four weeks and then only $15 per month Five-day delivery plus unlimited digital access for $15 a month