Caps cap successful homestand with win over Kings

Caps cap successful homestand with win over Kings

Evgeny Kuznetsov finished with two goals and two assists while linemate Alex Ovechkin added one goal and two assists as the Washington Capitals defeated the visiting Los Angeles Kings 6-4 Monday night.Washington completed a 4-1-1 homestand while Los Angeles closed out a 3-2-1 road trip. The teams will meet again Feb. 18 in California.Ovechkin and Los Angeles’ Austin Wagner traded first-period goals before the Capitals’ Brett Connolly and the Kings’ Tyler Toffoli did the same later in the period, which ended in a 2-2 tie.An Oscar Fantenberg goal 3:42 into the second period gave Los Angeles its first lead of the night at 3-2. But that’s when the Capitals got going.Kuznetsov, who has seven goals and eight assists in his past eight games, scored from in front on a rebound at the 6:39 mark and tied the game.Washington then took the lead for good when defenseman Christian Djoos scored his first goal of the season on a clever play. The Kings could not clear the puck away from goalie Jonathan Quick, and it slid off to his left.That’s when Djoos reached out and poked it into the air past the goalie and everyone else into the net for a 4-3 Washington lead just past the midway point of the middle period.

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