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Washington 4, Calgary 3
When: 7:00 PM ET, Friday, February 1, 2019
Where: Capital One Arena, Washington, District of Columbia
Referees: Dan O'Rourke, Corey Syvret
Linesmen: Kiel Murchison, Kory Nagy
Attendance: 18506

Evgeny Kuznetsov scored the game-winner with 56.2 seconds remaining in regulation as the host Washington Capitals snapped their seven-game losing skid with a 4-3 victory over the Calgary Flames on Friday night.

While on a power play, Kuznetsov gained the puck at the blue line, worked his way to the net and threaded the needle with a top-corner shot for his 10th goal of the season. Capitals goalie Braden Holtby made 27 saves.

Capitals star Alex Ovechkin was suspended for the contest as a result of his skipping the All-Star Game.

Washington's Nic Dowd opened the scoring exactly three minutes into the affair. Moments after Flames goalie Mike Smith failed to clear the puck out of the zone, Dowd deflected John Carlson's point shot for his first goal since Dec. 2.

Mikael Backlund drew the visitors even with a highlight-reel tally at 17:37 of the opening frame, his third goal in as many games. Backlund gained the puck in his own zone, chipped it to himself as a trio of Capitals players converged at the center line and then held off a check as he tucked home the puck with one hand on his stick.

The Caps then scored in both the final minute of the period and the first minute of the second frame to take a 3-1 lead. First, Dmitrij Jaskin netted a rebound goal with 35.7 seconds on the clock before the intermission, and Tom Wilson wired a shot from just inside the top of the right circle 54 seconds into the second period.

But the Flames responded. Garnet Hathaway made it a 3-2 game when TJ Brodie's point shot ricocheted off both Derek Ryan and him before going into the net at the 2:17 mark of the second.

Elias Lindholm then tied the game with about eight minutes remaining, deflecting Johnny Gaudreau's long shot to push his points streak to nine games, in which he's scored twice and netted 11 points.

Each team lost a player due to injury in the clash. Calgary defenseman Travis Hamonic left with an apparent leg injury, and Washington's Lars Eller suffered a lower-body injury.

Smith stopped 36 shots in the loss that snapped Calgary's three-game winning streak.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
 
Calgary   Washington
TJ Brodie 2 Points Evgeny Kuznetsov 2
Mikael Backlund 1 Goals Evgeny Kuznetsov 1
TJ Brodie 2 Assists Evgeny Kuznetsov 1
N/A Power Play Goals Evgeny Kuznetsov 1
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Mike Smith .900 Save Percentage Braden Holtby .900
Mike Smith 36 Saves Braden Holtby 27
Team Stats Summary
 
Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Calgary 30 3 0-2 3-4 13 41
Washington 40 4 1-4 2-2 11 33
Upcoming Games
  • Washington will play their next game at home against Boston. The Capitals have a W/L % of .607 after a win and .478 after a loss.
  • Calgary will play their next game on the road against Carolina. The Flames have a W/L % of .606 after a win and .684 after a loss.