Carlson wins Caps 4-3 shootout win over Ducks


WASHINGTON (AP) – John Carlson tied the game late in the second period, then scored Washington’s third and final shootout goal to give the Capitals a 4-3 win over the Anaheim Ducks on Monday night.

Tom Wilson scored his 100th career goal and Carl Hagelin added his first of the season for Washington, which improved 2-0-1 in a four-game home game.

“We haven’t made any excuses as to why we can’t be successful,” Washington coach Peter Laviolette said. “And that’s to the credit of the players and the guys in the room. It doesn’t matter who put on a jersey for a particular game, they responded, and they played really hard and they played really well.

Alex Ovechkin added his 20th and 21st assists for the Capitals, then joined with Daniel Sprong to score in the shootout. Ilya Samsonov made 31 saves, the only one required by either goaltender in overtime.

“The teams don’t want to be beaten,” Carlson said of the tight 3-on-3 session after an otherwise open game. “Which is, depending on how you look at it, a shame or a relief, I think.”

Sonny Milano netted a goal and an assist for Anaheim, which a day earlier saw all-time leading scorer Ryan Getzlaf go on the injured list with a lower-body injury. Vinni Lettieri and Joshn Manson also scored for the Ducks, and Trevor Zegras contributed his 14th and 15th assists on the first of a seven-day trip to the five-game East Coast.

Rickard Rakell and Troy Terry contributed shootout goals for the Ducks, and John Gibson stopped 26 shots.

“There were a lot of games going on, and at a high pace,” Ducks coach Dallas Eakins said. “A well-defended point. We would like both, however.

The Ducks and Capitals combined five goals in the second period. Manson guided the rebound of Milan’s shot off the post just nine seconds after the opening face-off of the period.

After Hagelin scored for Washington, Milano added his own rebound goal when he hit a loose puck in the air past Samsonov to tie him at 2 later in the period.

Lettieri’s single shot at Cam Fowler’s wire easily beat Samsonov at close range. But Carlson pulled off his own rebound in the last minute after Ovechkin’s robbery and refueling.

“Offensive play, lots of chances both ways,” Zegras said. “I thought it was pretty fun.”


Ducks: Manson’s goal was the 20th scored by an Anaheim defender this season. … C Benoit-Oliver Groulx was struck out after being recalled from AHL San Diego.

Capitals: Ovechkin has reached or exceeded 20 assists for the first time since the 2018-19 season. … Hagelin was playing with the second line, a sign that the Capitals are still struggling with injuries and absences from COVID-19. … RW Garnet Hathaway joined C Nic Dowd and D Trevor van Riemsdyk in the league’s COVID-19 protocols ahead of Monday’s game.


Wilson fought with rookie Simon Benoit in the second period in what was Washington’s first fight of the season.

“I didn’t really understand where we needed to go, but I think Tom did a great job,” said Laviolette.

However, the game went in Anaheim’s direction immediately afterwards with two goals.

“I think Benny had the courage to go up against him definitely gave us an injection of excitement and a little bit of momentum,” Eakins said.


Ducks: Continue their trip to Buffalo on Tuesday.

Capitals: Host Pittsburgh on Friday.


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