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ST. PAUL Jeff Carter Jersey , Minn. (AP) For Tom Wilson, it didn’t seem as if anything was out of the ordinary. He’s seen Alex Ovechkin put on a show against plenty of teams.The Minnesota Wild are tired of being spectators to the show.Ovechkin scored his league-leading 34th goal and had three assists, and Wilson scored twice for the Washington Capitals in a 5-2 win against the Wild on Thursday night.Article continues below ...Ovechkin assisted on Wilson’s opening goal in the second period before adding his own in a building in which he’s had plenty of success for Washington. In eight career games in Minnesota, Ovechkin has 11 goals.”I’ve seen him put on clinics all the time,” Wilson said. ”Maybe it’s another one. I’ve had a front row seat for the last four years. A bunch of milestones, a bunch of great games. Like I said, Nicky (Backstrom) and him, the superstars of this team http://www.officialkings.com/authentic-a...ick-jersey , they carry the team every night and it’s great to see all four lines chipping in the last couple and it’s good to have that support.”Backstrom and Andre Burakovsky each had a goal and assist for the Capitals, who had lost four of their previous six games, including back-to-back overtime losses. Philip Grubauer made 32 saves.Nino Niederreiter scored his 100th NHL goal and Eric Staal added his 26th of the season in the third period for the Wild. Devan Dubnyk stopped 22 shots as Minnesota’s franchise-record home points streak was snapped at 13 games.”For a guy that’s played so great recently, it could be arguably said that those were four soft goals tonight,” Wild coach Bruce Boudreau said of Dubnyk.Eight goals away from 600 for his career, Ovechkin has particularly tormented the Wild. In 14 career games against Minnesota, he has 15 goals and 10 assists and the Capitals are 10-3-1 in those games.He had a hat trick in each of his last two visits to the Wild’s Xcel Energy Center and has a point in 12 straight games against Minnesota.”I don’t know,” Ovechkin said. ”Ice is good here Nate Thompson Jersey , atmosphere is good, and I have good luck here too.”Wilson scored his eighth goal of the season just 59 seconds into the second period when his wrist shot went through the legs of defenseman Jared Spurgeon and beat Dubnyk, who tried to swipe at the puck with his glove hand as it sailed under his arm.It was the first time in nine home games that the Wild had trailed during regulation. Calgary scored the first two goals on Jan. 9 on the way to an overtime win.”I thought we played well,” Dubnyk said. ”They got a couple breaks and that’s the game. We just have to keep playing well. I don’t think we expected to win the rest of the games at home. We played a pretty good game. That’s all that matters and we’ll play a better game next time and get back at it.”Oveckhin ended up alone in front of Dubnyk for his goal less than five minutes later.”I know when he’s dancing out there, he’s going to get some points,” Capitals coach Barry Trotz said. ”He’s got a lot of points left in him. He’s very productive still.”Minnesota scored twice in the third as it put up 18 shots on Grubauer, but Washington countered each time.”I think today you can say thanks to Grubby,” Ovechkin said. ”He was obviously outstanding Authentic Oscar Fantenberg Jersey , especially in the third when they make a push.”NOTES: Washington C Jay Beagle was in the lineup after being slashed in the ribs during Tuesday’s overtime loss in Winnipeg. . Minnesota scratched D Mike Reilly for the third time in five games along with F Chris Stewart. . Ovechkin has four goals and eight assists in his past seven games. . C Mikko Koivu played in his 900th NHL game, all with the Wild. He’s the franchise leader in games, points and assists.UP NEXTCapitals: At Chicago on Saturday night.Wild: Host Anaheim on Saturday.— WASHINGTON (AP) — After four days off — three without practice — the Washington Capitals shook off some expected rust Thursday night in one of their most balanced performances of the season.T.J. Oshie scored his 11th goal of the season on the power play, John Carlson had an empty-netter, and Chandler Stephenson scored at even strength in the Capitals’ 3-1 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes.“It’s a little bit of everything for sure,” Capitals coach Todd Reirden said of the Metropolitan Division leaders’ third straight victory, and 15th in 18 games. “It’s important to find different ways to score and not be one dimensional.”Braden Holtby stopped 28 shots in front of a penalty kill that shut down all four Hurricanes power plays, the last coming on a high-sticking minor on Michal Kempny with 3:46 remaining.Washington’s only sour spot came midway through the third period Tanner Pearson Jersey , when Matt Niskanen slammed face-first into the boards after tangling with Carolina’s Justin Williams and Clark Bishop.Niskanen exited under his own power but did not return, and no boarding penalty was awarded. Less than a minute later, Sebastian Aho scored his team-leading 15th goal in the third period for the Hurricanes to cut it to 2-1.Carolina was without a power-play goal for a fifth consecutive game (18 total chances) and took its third loss in four games.“We got going, that’s all,” Hurricanes coach Rod Brind’Amour said of the third period. “We started to play, and we got one and we got back in the game. And then nothing on the power play at the end. That’s definitely been the Achilles heel all year.”Petr Mrazek made 30 stops for Carolina, which was outshot 33-29 after entering Thursday averaging a league-best plus-9.6 shot differential.Washington went ahead on the first shot of the second. Pressure from Travis Boyd and Devante Smith-Pelly forced a turnover in Carolina’s defensive end about 3 1/2 minutes in, and Stephenson was first to the puck. He put a shot into the top-right corner to beat Mrazek’s glove for his second goal in three games.Oshie made it 2-0 with 1:44 left in the period on Washington’s fourth power play Jonny Brodzinski Jersey Womens , finding space in front of Mrazek to redirect Carlson’s shot from the top of the zone. It was the Capitals’ first goal on the man advantage in five games.“When you can’t find a way to score when you have that much level of talent on a unit, you sometimes have to simplify things,” Oshie said. “John made a great play. Shot to an area where I could tip. You just try to get a stick on it.”Aho scored when he pounced on a rebound following Holtby’s save of Micheal Ferland’s breakaway.Holtby and his defense absorbed Carolina’s late pressure in the final minutes before Carlson sealed it from his own end with 50 seconds remaining after Nicklas Backstrom’s faceoff win.“I think there was parts of the game where you just need to survive and get through,” Carlson said.NOTES: Rierden said after the game he had yet to speak with his athletic training staff about Niskanen and could not provide an update. … Carlson added his 31st assist. … Capitals D Brooks Orpik missed his 26th game (knee) despite participating in Thursday’s morning skate. … Hurricanes D Haydn Fleury (concussion) missed a sixth consecutive game despite also participating in the morning skate.UP NEXTHurricanes: Wrap a two-game trip Saturday at New Jersey.Capitals: Visit Ottawa on Saturday.
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