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Grubauer guides Capitals past Kings

Washington goalie makes 39 saves; Kuznetsov scores

by Katie Brown / NHL.com Correspondent

Kuznetsov's go-ahead goal

LAK@WSH: Kuznetsov buries go-ahead goal in 3rd

2/16/16: Evgeny Kuznetsov stuffs home the feed at the side of the net to give the Capitals a 2-1 lead late in the 3rd period

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WASHINGTON -- Philipp Grubauer rebounded from a poor start last week by making 39 saves for the Washington Capitals in a 3-1 win against the Los Angeles Kings at Verizon Center on Tuesday.

"It was a transition for me this year, getting back-to-back games and maybe not seeing as many pucks," Grubauer said. "I need to develop some consistency in my game and that was a good start."

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Situation Room

Coach's Challenge: LAK @ WSH - 17:58 of the Third Period

Original call stands - good goal Capitals; Kings forfeit timeout

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Situation Room: LAK vs. WSH

Situation Room: Kuznetsov's goal stands after review

2/16/16: The Kings challenge goaltender interference on Evgeny Kuznetsov's go-ahead goal and, after a review, the goal stands

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At 17:58 of the third period in the Kings/Capitals game, Los Angeles requested a Coach's Challenge to review whether a Washington player interfered with goaltender Jonathan Quick before the puck entered the net. 

After reviewing all available replays and consulting with NHL Hockey Operations staff, the Referee confirmed no goaltender interference infractions occurred before the puck crossed the goal line.

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game preview

Capitals' Orpik returns; Quick starts for Kings

Los Angeles goalie has missed past three games

by Katie Brown / NHL.com Correspondent

KINGS (33-19-3) at CAPITALS (40-10-4)

TV: 7 p.m. ET; SNE, SNO, SNP, FS-W, CSN-DC, NHL.TV

WASHINGTON -- Washington Capitals defenseman Brooks Orpik will return to the lineup against the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday after missing 40 games with a lower-body injury. 

"You can practice as hard as you want but there's nothing like the speed of actual games," Orpik said. "You've just got to prepare yourself as much as you possibly can. Eventually you start to get your feet wet with games." 

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NHL Insider

Capitals' Richards not nervous to face Kings

Center to face L.A. for first time since contract was terminated

by Katie Brown / NHL.com Correspondent

ARLINGTON, Va. -- Mike Richards isn't sure what to expect during his first shift against the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday, but there is one thing he hopes will happen.

"Hopefully [I'll] score a goal," Richards said. "I don't think I'll be nervous or anything, but I think it'll be more excitement than nervousness. It would be nice to win."

Richards hasn't scored a goal in 11 games since signing with the Capitals on Jan. 6. In fact, he doesn't have a point.

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