Cap­i­tals win Stan­ley Cup fi­nals re­match

Ovechkin passes Hull on scor­ing list

Global Times - - Sports -

Alex Ovechkin scored twice to pass Bobby Hull on the all-time goal list and Ev­geni Kuznetsov had four points as the Wash­ing­ton Cap­i­tals beat the Ve­gas Golden Knights 5-2 in a Stan­ley Cup fi­nals re­match.

Ovechkin scored his 610th and 611th goals on Wed­nes­day to sur­pass the Hall of Famer and for­mer Chicago Black­hawk great Hull for 17th place on the list as the Cap­i­tals showed they are de­ter­mined to avoid a Stan­ley Cup hang­over.

The Cap­i­tals de­feated Las Ve­gas in five games in June to win their first NHL cham­pi­onship and halt the ex­pan­sion Knights’ Cin­derella sea­son.

“A lot of peo­ple made a big deal about us show­cas­ing our­selves over the sum­mer. But ev­ery­body came back in re­ally good shape,” said Cap­i­tals de­fense­man Brooks Or­pik.

Rus­sia’s Kuznetsov scored a goal and had three as­sists for Wash­ing­ton, who came into the game well rested with five days off since drop­ping a 7-6 over­time de­ci­sion to the Pitts­burgh Pen­guins after clob­ber­ing the Bos­ton Bru­ins 7-0 on open­ing ban­ner-rais­ing night.

Kuznetsov and Swede Nick­las Back­strom took turns set­ting each other up on a pair of sim­i­lar goals in the first and third pe­ri­ods.

The Golden Knights want to avert a sopho­more slump as they have stum­bled out of the start­ing blocks after los­ing their of­fen­sive leader from last year, James Neal.

Ve­gas lost 4-2 to Buf­falo on Mon­day de­spite out­shoot­ing the Sabres by a wide mar­gin 37-17.

Ovechkin needs 15 more goals to tie Joe Sa­kic and Jarome Iginla who both fin­ished with 625. For­mer Ed­mon­ton Oiler great Wayne Gret­zky is the all-time leader with 894 reg­u­lar-sea­son goals.

On Wed­nes­day, Kuznetsov opened the scor­ing with a power-play goal with just 35 sec­onds left in the first pe­riod. He scooted to the front of the net and tipped a per­fect pass from Back­strom past Ve­gas goalie Marc-An­dre Fleury.

The dy­namic duo com­bined again early in the third pe­riod and this time it was Kuznetsov with a pre­ci­sion pass from the side boards to Back­strom to give the Cap­i­tals a 3-1 lead.

Ovechkin’s passed Hull with a wrist shot that beat Fleury as he fin­ished off a rush with Kuznetsov to make it 4-2 halfway through the third.

TJ Oshie scored an empty-net goal at 18:55 of the third pe­riod to round out the scor­ing.

Reilly Smith and Cody Eakin scored the goals while Fleury fin­ished with 24 saves for Ve­gas.

Alex Ovechkin of the Wash­ing­ton Cap­i­tals cel­e­brates after scor­ing a goal against the Ve­gas Golden Knights on Wed­nes­day in Wash­ing­ton, DC.

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