WASHINGTON — Evgeny Kuznetsov's tiebreaking goal with 2:02 left off an assist from ex-Kings player Justin Williams, a score that withstood a coach's challenge for goalie interference, lifted the NHL-leading Capitals to a 3-1 comeback victory Tuesday night over Los Angeles.
Kuznetsov's 16th goal, but first in a month, gave him 20 points in his past 14 games. Andre Burakovsky got a secondary assist on that score, after tying the score with 48.1 seconds left in the second period. Jason Chimera added an empty-netter with 8.6 seconds left.
Anze Kopitar put Los Angeles ahead in the first period on a shorthanded goal.
Washington goalie Philipp Grubauer, getting a rare start in place of Braden Holtby, made 39 saves.
Kings goalie Jonathan Quick, back after missing three games with a lower-body injury, finished with 29 stops.
Washington won despite a quiet night for Alex Ovechkin, whose four-game goal streak ended, and the team's league-best power play, which went 0-for-5, totaled only five shots in those 10 minutes with the man-advantage and was the unit responsible for allowing the Kings' goal.
That was because Kopitar scored his 17th goal while Los Angeles was killing a penalty 16:43 into the first period.
Game highlights: Wayne Simmonds and Nick Cousins scored 50 seconds apart in a four-goal third as the visiting Flyers beat the Devils 6-3, snapping New Jersey's three-game winning streak.
Around the league: After missing four games with a concussion, Rangers captain Ryan McDonagh is all but certain to return tonight against the Blackhawks. "I'm good enough to go, as long as the coaching staff feels they want me," McDonagh said after a full practice, with contact. "I'm not even thinking about it anymore."
First Period—1, New Jersey, Kennedy 1 (Moore, Boucher), 12:01 (pp). 2, Philadelphia, Gostisbehere 11 (Schenn, Giroux), 17:23. Penalties—Schultz, Phi (interference), 2:18; Kennedy, NJ (delay of game), 5:37; Gudas, Phi match penalty (match), 8:10; MacDonald, Phi (slashing), 12:25; Blandisi, NJ (embellishment), 12:25; Gostisbehere, Phi (slashing), 17:50.
Second Period—3, Philadelphia, Schenn 17 (Simmonds, Giroux), 7:55 (pp). Penalties—Schenn, Phi (roughing), :30; Larsson, NJ (roughing), :30; Bellemare, Phi (tripping), 4:22; R.White, Phi (cross-checking), 5:18; Palmieri, NJ (holding), 6:42.
Third Period—4, New Jersey, Tootoo 4 (Helgeson), 9:24. 5, Philadelphia, Simmonds 21 (Schenn, Giroux), 12:22 (pp). 6, Philadelphia, Cousins 2 (Umberger, R.White), 13:12. 7, Philadelphia, Voracek 9 (Umberger), 17:12. 8, New Jersey, Palmieri 21 (Schlemko), 17:44. 9, Philadelphia, R.White 7 (Bellemare, VandeVelde), 18:08 (en). Penalties—Cousins, Phi (holding), 7:09; Zajac, NJ (interference), 11:33; Farnham, NJ, minor-misconduct (roughing), 18:55. Shots on Goal—Philadelphia 8-10-8—26. New Jersey 8-6-10—24. Power-play opportunities—Philadelphia 2 of 4; New Jersey 1 of 7. Goalies—Philadelphia, Neuvirth 12-6-3 (24 shots-21 saves). New Jersey, Schneider 25-17-6 (25-20). A—15,482 (17,625). T—2:39. Referees—Garrett Rank, Greg Kimmerly. Linesmen—Derek Amell, Devin Berg.
First Period—1, Los Angeles, Kopitar 17 (D.Brown, Doughty), 16:43 (sh). Penalties—Lewis, LA (holding), 1:53; Oshie, Was (holding), 8:54; Martinez, LA (tripping), 11:01; Burakovsky, Was (holding), 13:22; Nolan, LA (boarding), 16:01.
Second Period—2, Washington, Burakovsky 12 (Orlov, Orpik), 19:11. Penalties—Schenn, LA, major (fighting), 6:00; T.Wilson, Was, minor-major (interference, fighting), 6:00; McNabb, LA (hooking), 11:53.
Third Period—3, Washington, Kuznetsov 16 (Williams, Burakovsky), 17:58. 4, Washington, Chimera 16 (Johansson, Alzner), 19:51 (en). Penalties—Toffoli, LA (hooking), 1:24. Shots on Goal—Los Angeles 12-19-9—40. Washington 9-11-12—32. Power-play opportunities—Los Angeles 0 of 3; Washington 0 of 5. Goalies—Los Angeles, Quick 28-15-2 (31 shots-29 saves). Washington, Grubauer 6-4-1 (40-39). A—18,506 (18,506). T—2:32. Referees—Francis Charron, Brian Pochmara. Linesmen—Jonny Murray, Tim Nowak.
First Period—1, Carolina, J.Staal 13 (Lindholm, Nash), 10:33 (pp). Penalties—Carolina bench, served by Skinner (too many men), 6:57; Stafford, Wpg (interference), 8:37; Rask, Car (hooking), 12:37; Versteeg, Car (high-sticking), 18:21.
Second Period—2, Carolina, Nash 6 (Hanifin, Lindholm), 10:20 (pp). Penalties—Lowry, Wpg (roughing), 2:25; Perreault, Wpg (high-sticking), 8:29.
Third Period—3, Winnipeg, Wheeler 16 (Trouba, Myers), 6:52. Penalties—Di Giuseppe, Car (hooking), 9:59; Myers, Wpg (roughing), 10:34; Ladd, Wpg (cross-checking), 14:54. Shots on Goal—Winnipeg 4-4-13—21. Carolina 9-13-7—29. Power-play opportunities—Winnipeg 0 of 4; Carolina 2 of 5. Goalies—Winnipeg, Pavelec 6-7-1 (29 shots-27 saves). Carolina, Lack 10-10-3 (21-20). A—10,489 (18,680). T—2:18. Referees—Frederick L'Ecuyer, Francois St. Laurent. Linesmen—Tony Sericolo, Pierre Racicot.
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First Period—1, Columbus, Wennberg 6 (penalty shot), 9:54. 2, Boston, Bergeron 22, 14:28. Penalties—Murray, Clm (holding), 3:29; Jones, Clm (holding), 11:07.
Second Period—None. Penalties—Dubinsky, Clm (holding), 6:51; Randell, Bos (high-sticking), 9:31; McQuaid, Bos (tripping), 11:56; Hartnell, Clm (high-sticking), 12:06.
Third Period—None. Penalties—K.Miller, Bos (tripping), 8:00.
Overtime—3, Boston, Eriksson 20 (Krug, Krejci), :33. Penalties—None. Shots on Goal—Boston 14-8-7-1—30. Columbus 9-10-9-1—29. Power-play opportunities—Boston 0 of 4; Columbus 0 of 3. Goalies—Boston, Rask 21-16-5 (29 shots-28 saves). Columbus, Korpisalo 9-6-4 (30-28). A—13,140 (18,144). T—2:35. Referees—Trevor Hanson, Dave Jackson. Linesmen—Mark Shewchyk, Derek Nansen.