Caps ex­tend win streak to 6

Baltimore Sun Sunday - - SPORTS - By Stephen Whyno

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.

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