Ducks rally past Capitals 3-2

Associated Press  |  Last updated December 23, 2013
Hampus Lindholm scored the game-winner at 14:24 of the third period and the Anaheim Ducks rallied past the Washington Capitals 3-2 Monday night in coach Bruce Boudreau's return to the Verizon Center. Andrew Cogliano had a goal and an assist, and Saku Koivu added a goal for Anaheim. The Ducks (27-7-5) extended their franchise-best winning streak to nine games and lead the NHL with 59 points. Lindholm, who added an assist, grabbed a rebound and fired through traffic from the slot for his third goal of the season. A potential tying goal on a shot by Alex Ovechkin hit the crossbar and landed just outside the line with about three minutes left was reviewed and ruled no goal. Anaheim's Jonas Hilller had 16 saves. Mikhail Grabovski and Nicklas Backstrom scored for Washington. Troy Brouwer added two assists and Philipp Grubauer made 26 saves. The Ducks rallied to win from a two-goal deficit for the second game in row, while Washington wasted a two-goal lead for the second game in row. The Capitals managed just eight shots on goal in the final two periods. Boudreau replaced Glen Hanlon as Washington's coach 21 games into the 2007-08 season and guided the Capitals to four straight Southeast Division titles, including a Presidents' Trophy in 2009-10 when they compiled 121 points. He was fired after a 12-9-1 start on Nov. 28, 2011, and was hired by Anaheim two days later, replacing Randy Carlyle. Trailing 2-1 to start the second period, the Ducks failed on three power plays, but got the equalizer with 27 seconds left. Ben Lovejoy carried into the zone and, as he was circling behind the net, shoveled the puck in front to Koivu, who banged it past Grubauer. The Capitals broke on top at 7:21 of the first period. Grabovski fed Brouwer on a two-on-one, and Brouwer sent the puck back to Grabovski, who deflected it past Hiller for his 11th goal. Just over four minutes later, Backstrom picked up his ninth goal when his shot bounced off the right post and fell in behind Hiller 11 seconds into a Washington power play. Backstrom has 15 points in his last seven games. Anaheim was unable to generate much offense in the period, but they pulled to 2-1 at 17:15 when, during a scramble in front of the net, Cogliano picked up his 10th goal when he backhanded a shot in off Grubauer. NOTES: Capitals F Brooks Laich returned to the lineup after missing 11 games with a lower body injury. .Grabovski has 10 points in his last 10 games. . The Ducks are off until Saturday, when they host Phoenix. The Capitals resume play Friday when they host the Rangers.
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