Alex Ovechkin Scores 40th Goal but Caps Fall to Ducks in Anaheim

The Washington Capitals were looking to build off a big win Thursday night in San Jose but they fell to the Anaheim Ducks 5-2 at the Honda Center in Anaheim on Sunday night. Alex Ovechkin achieved another milestone, John Carlson added a goal too but in the end, the Caps couldn’t stay out of the box and the Ducks made them pay with three unanswered goals. The Ducks have swept the Capitals this season after they stunned them in December at Capital One Arena, overcoming a four-goal deficit

Alex Ovechkin gave the Caps an early 1-0 lead at 4:58 in the first for his 40th goal of the season. This was the 10th time in Ovechkin’s career that he’s reached the 40-goal plateau. Only three other players in NHL history have achieved the mark of scoring 40 goals in 10 or more seasons, an elite trio with Wayne Gretzky (12), Marcel Dionne (10), and Mario Lemieux (10).

John Carlson and Jakub Vrana assisted on the Ovechkin goal. Carlson needs just one more assist for 300 in his career and he’d be the third defenseman in franchise history to achieve the feat. He would join Caps legends Callie Johansson (361 assists) and Scott Stevens (331). The goal came from the office. Where else?

The Caps would take that 1-0 lead into the first intermission but were outshot 16-9. The Ducks also had a dominant first period in the hit department 9-6 as well as the face-off dot 65%-35%.

The Ducks would take that energy from the first and start getting rewarded in the second. An Adam Henrique blast from the point knotted the score at one at 6:26.

Anaheim took the lead 2-1 at 14:07 with a goal from Jakob Silfverberg.

The Caps tied the game at two with a John Carlson shot that pinged off the goal post and went in. It was Carlson’s second point of the night and his ninth goal of the season. He is just one goal shy of his fourth season with 10 goals.

So the momentum was back on the side of the defending Stanley Cup champs but not for long. Penalties cost the Caps big time on Sunday night. T.J. Oshie also left the game with an upper-body injury. At 19:33, just 27 seconds left in the second period, Tom Wilson was pushed into Ducks goaltender Ryan Miller but was whistled for goalie interference. The Ducks got a power play for the end of the second and a carryover into the third. Shots in the second period were even at nine.

Henrique scored his second goal of the game 37 seconds into the third to give the Ducks a 3-2 lead.

The lack of discipline got worse. At 3:02 Dmitrij Jaskin was called for tripping Troy Terry. The Ducks cashed in on another power play goal, their second straight with a tally from Corey Perry at 3:40.

Silfverberg got his second goal of the game at 14:55 to give the Ducks a 5-2 lead that would go on to be the final score. The Ducks outshot the Caps 14-8 in the third and 39-25 overall. They had the edge in face-offs 70%-30%. The Caps went 0-for-3 on the power play while the PK stopped two of four penalties.

The Caps continue their road trip Monday night in LA with a rematch against the Kings one week later.

Top photo: @Capitals

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