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Capitals 6, Ducks 4

Tuesday, 08.16.2011 / 5:24 AM

Associated Press

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Capitals 6, Ducks 4
Washington Capitals 6, Anaheim Ducks 4

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -Alex Ovechkin is dangerous enough when the Washington Capitals are at even strength. Having him on the power play is tantamount to piling on.

The reigning NHL MVP scored with the man advantage to extend his goal streak to five games and added three assists, sending the Capitals to a 6-4 victory over the Anaheim Ducks on Wednesday night.

"A guy like Alex Ovechkin probably rubs off on everybody in the league," Anaheim's Bobby Ryan said. "You're certainly excited to see him play and compete against him. He brings out his best every game and brings out the best in everybody around him."

Last season, Ovechkin won the Rocket Richard Trophy with a league-high 65 goals, the most ever by a left wing. He captured the Art Ross Trophy as MVP with 112 points to lead Washington to a Southeast Division title. His goal total represented 27.2 percent of the team's total output.

The Capitals awarded him with a $124 million, 13-year contract extension, and he's only 23. Washington is 15-0-1 in the last 16 games in which Ovechkin has scored a goal, and 25-3-2 in the last 30 such games. In the Capitals' previous contest, he scored the tying goal with a second left in regulation before they lost to New Jersey in a shootout.

Tomas Fleischmann and Mike Green scored less than two minutes apart early in the first period with the man advantage. Nicklas Backstrom, Matt Bradley and David Steckel also scored and Michael Nylander had two assists for the Capitals, who were 3-for-8 on the power play while winning for the sixth time in seven games.

"We've been practicing it and practicing it," coach Bruce Boudreau said. "Just because we haven't scored multiple goals, it doesn't mean that we haven't had chances. I think we have scored one in four or five games in a row, and we are steadily moving the percentage up. Those things are difference-makers and we thought today with special teams were going to make the difference in the game."

Rob Niedermayer, back in the Anaheim lineup after a one-game benching, was sent off for slashing at 1:26 of the second period and Ovechkin scored on the ensuing power play for his eighth goal of the season and a 4-2 Washington lead.

"We beat a great team tonight," said Ovechkin, who has 14 points in his last five games. "We just tried to play it simple, and that is the key for us. We have a lot of skilled guys, and we just have to use our skills. Sometimes we just try to play too fancy. But tonight we just shot the puck, controlled the game and created some great chances to score goals. And you saw the results."

The only other time Ovechkin played in Anaheim was Jan. 13, 2006, when he scored in overtime to complete a hat trick and give the Capitals a 3-2 victory.

"It's fun to play against a team you don't see a lot because sometimes they don't know what you can do," Ovechkin said. "It's always important when you have a good start."

Washington played without Alexander Semin, who missed his second consecutive game because of an undisclosed upper-body injury. Sergei Fedorov missed his sixth straight with a sprained ankle, as did Shaone Morrisonn due to a groin injury.

Ryan scored his first two goals of the season and assisted on another for the Ducks, who were 2-3-1 on their longest homestand of the season. Teemu Selanne also scored, Ryan Getzlaf had a goal and an assist and Corey Perry had three assists.

Ducks backup goalie Jonas Hiller, who made 29 saves against the Los Angeles Kings on Sunday for his first NHL shutout, was rewarded by coach Randy Carlyle with another start - and promptly gave up three goals on six shots before he was pulled at 7:13 of the first period for Jean-Sebastien Giguere.

"Coming out and giving up three goals right away, it doesn't help our cause. We have to be ready to play for the full 60 minutes," Perry said. "It's an uphill climb when you get down 3-0 in the first five minutes. The rest of the game we had to battle back."

Notes: The Capitals scored the first two times they had the man advantage. Fleischmann extended his goal-scoring streak to three games. ... Ryan, playing his second game since being recalled from the minors, scored 24 seconds after the Ducks switched goalies. He then set up Getzlaf for a short wrist shot from the slot that beat Jose Theodore high to the glove side at 16:56.

scoring summary
1st Period
02:19
WSH
PPG - Tomas Fleischmann (7) Slapshot - ASST: Mike Green (9), Alex Ovechkin (12)
1 - 0 WSH
03:54
WSH
PPG - Mike Green (7) Slapshot - ASST: Michael Nylander (8), Alex Ovechkin (13)
2 - 0 WSH
07:13
WSH
Nicklas Backstrom (3) Backhand shot - ASST: Viktor Kozlov (5), Alex Ovechkin (14)
3 - 0 WSH
07:37
ANA
Bobby Ryan (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Corey Perry (15)
3 - 1 WSH
16:56
ANA
Ryan Getzlaf (8) Wrist shot - ASST: Bobby Ryan (1), Corey Perry (16)
3 - 2 WSH
2nd Period
02:43
WSH
PPG - Alex Ovechkin (8) Snap shot - ASST: Chris Clark (2), Michael Nylander (9)
4 - 2 WSH
17:48
WSH
Matt Bradley (2) Wrist shot - ASST: David Steckel (3), Boyd Gordon (5)
5 - 2 WSH
3rd Period
10:06
WSH
David Steckel (3) Slapshot - ASST: Milan Jurcina (1), Jeff Schultz (7)
6 - 2 WSH
10:33
ANA
Bobby Ryan (2) Tip-in - ASST: Todd Marchant (3), George Parros (2)
6 - 3 WSH
12:00
ANA
PPG - Teemu Selanne (10) Tip-in - ASST: Ryan Getzlaf (16), Corey Perry (17)
6 - 4 WSH
penalty summary
1st Period
01:44
ANA
Bret Hedican  Hooking against  Donald Brashear
02:59
ANA
Ryan Getzlaf  Interference against  Brooks Laich
10:06
ANA
Corey Perry  Roughing against  Boyd Gordon
11:27
WSH
Michael Nylander  Hooking against  Scott Niedermayer
11:59
ANA
Chris Kunitz  Cross checking against  Milan Jurcina
13:28
WSH
Alex Ovechkin  Charging against  Kent Huskins
18:53
WSH
John Erskine  Tripping against  Ryan Getzlaf
2nd Period
01:26
ANA
Rob Niedermayer  Slashing against  Alex Ovechkin
02:46
WSH
Donald Brashear  Fighting (maj) against  George Parros
02:46
ANA
George Parros  Fighting (maj) against  Donald Brashear
06:06
WSH
David Steckel  Hooking against  Brett Festerling
09:24
ANA
Brett Festerling  Slashing against  Viktor Kozlov
12:09
WSH
John Erskine  Hooking against  Brendan Morrison
3rd Period
04:22
ANA
Scott Niedermayer  Hooking against  Nicklas Backstrom
11:23
WSH
Alex Ovechkin  Interference against  Brett Festerling
14:31
ANA
George Parros  Too many men/ice - bench
14:31
ANA
Bobby Ryan  Roughing against  John Erskine
14:31
WSH
John Erskine  Roughing against  Bobby Ryan
18:49
ANA
Chris Pronger  Hooking against  David Steckel
18:49
WSH
David Steckel  Slashing against  Chris Pronger
goalie stats
Jose Theodore
SA: 32TOI: 60:00
Saves: 28EV: 22 - 25
PIM: 0PP: 6 - 7
SV%: .875SH: 0 - 0
Jonas Hiller
SA: 6TOI: 7:13
Saves: 3EV: 2 - 3
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 3
SV%: .500SH: 0 - 0
Jean-Sebastien Giguere
SA: 27TOI: 51:27
Saves: 24EV: 16 - 18
PIM: 0PP: 7 - 8
SV%: .889SH: 1 - 1