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Flames fall to Capitals on Tuesday

by Staff Writer / Calgary Flames

CALGARY, AB -- Alex Ovechkin reached the 900-point mark with a second-period goal and also had an assist to lead the Washington Capitals to a 6-2 victory against the Calgary Flames at Scotiabank Saddledome on Tuesday.

Nicklas Backstrom scored twice, and Andre Burakovsky, T.J. Oshie and Jason Chimera also had goals for Washington (4-1-0). Braden Holtby made 17 saves to help the Capitals win their first road game of the season. They won three of four games on their season-opening homestand.

Sean Monahan and Mark Giordano scored for Calgary (1-5-0), which has lost four straight home games to start the season for the first time in franchise history.

Ovechkin is the first player in Capitals' history to reach 900 points. With 479 goals, he is four shy of passing Sergei Fedorov (483) for the most among Russian-born NHL players. He leads all players in goals since 2001-02 though his NHL career didn't begin until 2005.

His goal 30 seconds into the second period broke a 1-1 tie and gave him 900 points in 764 games.

Barreling down the wing, Ovechkin sent a shot from the top of the left circle that trickled away from goaltender Karri Ramo, who couldn't locate the puck before Ovechkin slid it into the net. Ovechkin has goals in each of the four games he's played this season.

Backstrom and Oshie scored on one-timers 41 seconds apart midway through the second period to break the game open for Washington.

Justin Williams set up behind the net, spotted Backstrom creeping into the high slot and set him up for a one-timer that beat Ramo over the glove at 10:56. At 11:37, Oshie made it 4-1 off a pass from Evgeny Kuznetsov, sending the puck through Ramo from six feet out to put Washington ahead by three.

Oshie's goal ended Ramo's night after 14 saves on 18 shots. Jonas Hiller made 10 saves on 12 shots in relief.

The Flames have been outscored 11-2 and outshot 68-31 in second periods this season.

Giordano got the Flames within two at 3:09 of the third, but Chimera ended any hopes of a comeback at 6:53 when he fired a shot past Hiller's blocker on a 2-on-1 with Jay Beagle to put Washington up 5-2.

Backstrom added his second of the game with 3:46 remaining, backhanding a shot over Hiller's glove to complete the rout.

Monahan opened the scoring nine minutes into the first period. After pressure from Michael Frolik on the forecheck, Johnny Gaudreau corralled a turnover by Capitals defenceman John Carlson and dropped for Monahan, who quickly fired a shot over Holtby's glove to put Calgary up 1-0.

Burakovsky responded at 16:02. Kuznetsov stripped Flames defenceman Dennis Wideman, cut behind the net and from his backhand sent a no-look pass out the short side to Burakovsky, who scored his first of the season before Ramo could track the puck.

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