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game recap

Fehr, Grabovski help Capitals down Predators

Thursday, 09.26.2013 / 12:27 AM

NHL.com

Three Stars of the Game
Eric Fehr
1st
G: 2Shots: 2
A: 0Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 14:06
Mikhail Grabovski
2nd
G: 0Shots: 0
A: 3Hits: 0
PTS: 3PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 15:10
Michal Neuvirth
3rd
SA: 34TOI: 60:00
GA: 1
PIM: 0
SV%: .971

Mikhail Grabovski showed he might be just what the Washington Capitals need as a No. 2 center, setting up three goals to lead the Caps to a 4-1 victory against the Nashville Predators at Verizon Center.

Grabovski, a late signing after he was bought out by the Toronto Maple Leafs, set up both of Eric Fehr's goals and assisted on Alex Ovechkin's power-play goal late in the second period. Nicklas Backstrom scored the Capitals' other goal.

"He's in good shape, he's a good guy in the locker room, and of course it's easier for me to talk to him because he speaks Russian," a smiling Ovechkin said.

Michal Neuvirth made 33 saves, but lost his shutout bid when Gabriel Bourque scored a power-play goal with 14 seconds remaining in regulation. Carter Hutton made 26 saves for Nashville.

scoring summary
1st Period
04:37
WSH
Eric Fehr (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Mikhail Grabovski (1)
1 - 0 WSH
2nd Period
04:58
WSH
Nicklas Backstrom (1) Slapshot - ASST: Marcus Johansson (1), Alex Ovechkin (1)
2 - 0 WSH
06:01
WSH
Eric Fehr (2) Wrist shot - ASST: Dane Byers (1), Mikhail Grabovski (2)
3 - 0 WSH
19:18
WSH
PPG - Alex Ovechkin (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Mikhail Grabovski (3), Nicklas Backstrom (1)
4 - 0 WSH
3rd Period
19:46
NSH
PPG - Gabriel Bourque (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Victor Bartley (1), Craig Smith (1)
4 - 1 WSH
penalty summary
1st Period
00:25
NSH
Rich Clune  Fighting (maj)  - 5 min against  Michael Latta
00:25
WSH
Michael Latta  Fighting (maj)  - 5 min against  Rich Clune
06:12
NSH
Kevin Klein  Holding  - 2 min against  Martin Erat
07:16
NSH
Paul Gaustad  Hooking  - 2 min against  Mikhail Grabovski
13:16
WSH
Mike Green  Boarding  - 2 min against  Gabriel Bourque
2nd Period
06:34
WSH
Jay Beagle  Fighting (maj)  - 5 min against  Eric Nystrom
06:34
NSH
Eric Nystrom  Fighting (maj)  - 5 min against  Jay Beagle
06:34
WSH
Jay Beagle  Roughing  - 2 min against  Eric Nystrom
06:34
NSH
Eric Nystrom  Roughing  - 2 min against  Jay Beagle
07:45
WSH
Martin Erat  Interference  - 2 min against  Rich Clune
09:12
NSH
Victor Bartley  Holding  - 2 min against  Jack Hillen
12:39
NSH
Mike Fisher  Fighting (maj)  - 5 min against  Steve Oleksy
12:39
WSH
Steve Oleksy  Fighting (maj)  - 5 min against  Mike Fisher
19:01
NSH
Joe Piskula  Hooking  - 2 min against  Jay Beagle
19:41
NSH
Craig Smith  Hooking  - 2 min against  Aaron Volpatti
3rd Period
18:23
WSH
Martin Erat  Interference  - 2 min against  Kevin Klein
goalie stats
Carter Hutton
SA: 30TOI: 60:00
GA: 4SV%: .867
Michal Neuvirth
SA: 34TOI: 60:00
GA: 1SV%: .971