Ovechkin's four points lead Capitals past Ducks

Curtis Zupke  - Correspondent | Monday, 02.16.2015 / 12:05 AM

ANAHEIM -- Alex Ovechkin sat in his locker in the Washington Capitals' dressing room Sunday packed with media, teammates and smiling fathers. It wasn't quite like a Stanley Cup Playoff atmosphere, but it was significant for Ovechkin and his teammates.

Ovechkin scored his NHL-leading 35th and 36th goals and assisted on two others to lead the Capitals to a 5-3 win against the shorthanded Anaheim Ducks in front of a sellout crowd of 17,252 at Honda Center.

The Capitals (30-17-10) split their weekend back-to-back set in Southern California behind Ovechkin, who scored twice in the first period and assisted on Washington's fourth and fifth goals. Andre Burakovsky recorded his first multi-goal game, including a conversion of a 2-on-1 with Ovechkin at 9:42 of the third period for a 5-3 lead.

Goalie Justin Peters made 30 saves for his first win since Nov.8.

"It was a very important game for us mentally, because [Peters] was in net," Ovechkin said. "We want to get his confidence back. Everybody played hard, especially because of the way we played yesterday. We didn't get any success, but right now we did what we had to do."

The win followed a 3-1 loss to the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday, with all their fathers in attendance.

"This was a dad's treat," Ovechkin said. "We didn't get success yesterday, but tonight I think we made them happy, and right now it's a great atmosphere in the locker room."

Ovechkin turned in his latest amazing performance at Honda Center, where he has eight goals and six assists in five career games; he has and nine goals and nine assists in 11 games against Anaheim.

"He likes California," Washington coach Barry Trotz said. "Sometimes I found with my first year with Ovi, either the bigger the stage or the bigger the importance of the game, the bigger he plays, and that's rare … that's what being a star player in this League is. You're not afraid of the spotlight. You're not afraid of criticism. You're not afraid of what the game presents. You just go out there and get the job done."

The Ducks (35-15-7) got two goals from Andrew Cogliano but lost second-leading goal scorer Matt Beleskey and defenseman Sami Vatanen to upper- and lower-body injuries, respectively, in the first period. Anaheim coach Bruce Boudreau did not have an update on either after the game.

Boudreau and his players did not use that as an excuse, although it would have been easy because they are a part of the power play and the Ducks went 0-for-4. They could not give goalie John Gibson help; Anaheim has allowed five or more goals in three of four games.

"We're just at that point in the year where we have to be mentally stronger," Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf said. "We need to get that mojo back that we had throughout the start of the season."

Ovechkin's first assist was as impressive as his two goals. He sped past Ducks defenseman Clayton Stoner at the blue line and backhanded a pass to Burakovsky, who beat Gibson at 9:04 of the second period.

"I try to use my backhand," Ovechkin said with a laugh. "But again, it was just the situation. He was open a couple of times and he's a skilled guy, and I'm pretty sure if you have a 1-on-1, he will score. Those are huge goals by him and for us as well."

Ovechkin tied it 2-2 with a one-timer from the left circle on the power play at 10:26. He made it 1-1 with a quick snap shot off Nicklas Backstrom's faceoff win at 1:22. Backstrom recorded his NHL-leading 43rd assist on the play.

The Ducks got first-period goals by Cogliano and Corey Perry, whose team-leading 24th came on a wrist shot at 5:33. Getzlaf put a big hit on Brooks Orpik moments before the sequence.

Anaheim did not want to trade chances with Washington, but the Capitals got into their game and scored goals in transition.

"With the style they play, we gave them too many easy goals," Cogliano said. "A lot of them were off the rush and a couple of them were 2-on-1s. When you give opportunities like that to a skilled team, they beat you. That happened tonight."

Francois Beauchemin became the second Ducks defenseman to play 500 games, behind Ruslan Salei (594).

A moment of silence was observed before the game for former Ducks defenseman Steve Montador, who died Sunday.

Washington has won five straight in Anaheim. The Ducks haven't defeated the Capitals at home since Dec.11, 2002.

Scoring Summary
1st Period
01:06ANA Andrew Cogliano (7) ASST: Francois Beauchemin (9), Hampus Lindholm (19) 1 - 0 ANA
01:22WSH Alex Ovechkin (35) ASST: Nicklas Backstrom (42) 1 - 1 Tie
05:33ANA Corey Perry (24) ASST: Devante Smith-Pelly (12), Hampus Lindholm (20) 2 - 1 ANA
10:26WSH PPG - Alex Ovechkin (36) ASST: Mike Green (29), Nicklas Backstrom (43) 2 - 2 Tie
2nd Period
03:27WSH Marcus Johansson (14) ASST: Matt Niskanen (16), Brooks Orpik (14) 3 - 2 WSH
09:04WSH Andre Burakovsky (8) ASST: Alex Ovechkin (20), Jack Hillen (5) 4 - 2 WSH
12:13ANA Andrew Cogliano (8) ASST: Jakob Silfverberg (16), Ben Lovejoy (10) 4 - 3 WSH
3rd Period
09:42WSH Andre Burakovsky (9) ASST: Alex Ovechkin (21) 5 - 3 WSH
Three Stars of the Game
Alex Ovechkin
G: 2Shots: 7
A: 2Hits: 3
PTS: 4PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 16:10
Andrew Cogliano
G: 2Shots: 3
A: 0Hits: 1
PTS: 2PIM: 2
+/-: -1TOI: 14:20
Andre Burakovsky
G: 2Shots: 4
A: 0Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 2
+/-: 2TOI: 12:51
Penalty Summary
1st Period
07:54WSH Matt Niskanen  Cross checking against  Andrew Cogliano
09:39ANA Kyle Palmieri  Hi-sticking against  Eric Fehr
13:09ANA Ryan Getzlaf  Slashing against  Alex Ovechkin
15:58WSH Brooks Laich  Hooking against  Nate Thompson
2nd Period
16:30ANA Ryan Getzlaf  Tripping against  Eric Fehr
17:57WSH Andre Burakovsky  Hooking against  Andrew Cogliano
3rd Period
00:46WSH Brooks Orpik  Holding against  Ryan Getzlaf
03:37ANA Andrew Cogliano  Slashing against  Alex Ovechkin
19:29ANA Cam Fowler  Holding against  Eric Fehr
shots by period
Team Stats
Power Plays1/50/4
Faceoff Wins3125
Blocked Shots1811
Penalty Minutes810
2M. NiskanenD0121220:24
8A. OvechkinL2227016:10
16E. FehrC0011016:41
19N. BackstromC0221017:46
20T. BrouwerR00-20015:45
21B. LaichC0001211:08
25J. ChimeraL00-22012:52
27K. AlznerD0011018:55
38J. HillenD0101010:17
42J. WardR0012018:12
44B. OrpikD0101222:35
46M. LattaC0000010:31
52M. GreenD0100019:15
65A. BurakovskyL2024212:51
74J. CarlsonD00-11023:45
83J. BeagleR0002014:02
90M. JohanssonL1011018:52
92E. KuznetsovC00-22011:59
35J. Peters3033.90960:00
3C. StonerD00-20017:58
4C. FowlerD00-14224:25
6B. LovejoyD0100019:31
7A. CoglianoL20-13214:20
10C. PerryR10010019:55
12D. Smith-PellyR01-10015:09
15R. GetzlafC0000422:42
17R. KeslerC0005023:19
18T. JackmanR00-1006:19
19P. MaroonL0003018:08
21K. PalmieriR0003215:58
23F. BeaucheminD0112026:30
33J. SilfverbergR0111015:44
39M. BeleskeyL000103:23
44N. ThompsonC00-10012:40
45S. VatanenD000005:22
47H. LindholmD0200019:40
67R. RakellC0001013:36
36J. Gibson2328.82158:03