Caps extend win streak to 6
WASHINGTON — Evgeny Kuznetsov scored his sixth goal of the season, Jonas Siegenthaler added the first of his NHL career and the league-leading Washington Capitals beat the Vegas Golden Knights 5-2 Saturday night in a meeting of the 2018 Stanley Cup finalists.
Kuznetsov revived his famous bird celebration, flapping his arms after scoring 58 seconds in, and added an assist in the Capitals’ sixth consecutive victory. Washington has won 10 of 11 and hasn’t lost in regulation since Oct. 14.
Tom Wilson, who was concussed on a hit by Vegas forward Ryan Reaves last season in the teams’ most recent meeting, beat MarcAndre Fleury in the first period for his eighth of the season. Nicklas Backstrom sealed it with a power-play goal and an empty-netter.
Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby made nine of his 30 saves on the penalty kill when the Golden Knights had some of their best chances.
Max Pacioretty and Reilly Smith scored for Vegas, which was again plagued by turnover troubles that contributed to a slow start this season. Giveaways contributed directly to the goals by Wilson and Siegenthaler.
Fleury allowed four goals on 33 shots but made a spectacular save on T.J. Oshie on a 5-on-3 Capitals power play in the final minutes. The Golden Knights’ point streak ended at five games.
This was the third game between Vegas and Washington since the Capitals won the 2018 Final for their first title in franchise history. There were 24 players on the ice who participated in that series.
Notes: Capitals LW Carl Hagelin is day to day with an upper-body injury. He was replaced by C Nic Dowd, who returned from a three-game absence because of a lower-body injury.