Washington 4, Columbus 2

Saturday, December 31, 2011 7:00 PM

Final Scoring Summary

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Washington 20-15-0-2 13-5-0-1 7-10-0-1 W3
Columbus 10-23-1-4 6-11-1-2 4-12-0-2 L1


Alex Ovechkin scored twice and defenseman Dennis Wideman added a goal and an assist as the Washington Capitals erupted for four goals in the third period en route to a 4-2 road triumph over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday.

Alexander Semin also scored and Tomas Vokoun made 35 saves for Washington, which extended its overall winning streak to three games while halting a three-game road skid.

With the Capitals trailing 2-0 after two periods, Ovechkin began the late outburst at 4:23 of the third when he beat Steve Mason from the left faceoff circle for his 15th goal of the season. Semin and Wideman tallied 28 seconds apart to complete a three-goal burst in a 2:53 span and put Washington ahead.

Ovechkin converted a power-play chance with just under eight minutes remaining, ripping a one-timer from the right circle past Mason. The superstar has registered six goals and three assists during his six-game points streak.

Rookie defenseman John Moore and Samuel Pahlsson scored for Columbus, which has lost four straight at Nationwide Arena and seven of eight both overall and at home.

Top Game Performances

Washington   Columbus
Dennis Wideman 3 Points John Moore 1
Alex Ovechkin 2 Goals John Moore 1
Dennis Wideman 2 Assists Jeff Carter 1
Alex Ovechkin 1 Power Play Goals N/A
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Tomas Vokoun .946 Save Percentage Steve Mason .846
Tomas Vokoun 35 Saves Steve Mason 22

Team Stats Summary

Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Washington 26 4 1-1 1-1 6 32
Columbus 37 2 0-1 0-1 6 31

Upcoming Games

  • Columbus will play its next game on the road against San Jose. The Blue Jackets have a W/L % of .091 after a win and .333 after a loss.
  • Washington will play its next game at home against Calgary. The Capitals have a W/L % of .600 after a win and .471 after a loss.
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