Ovechkin, Mantha lead Capitals to 4-1 win over Kraken

Anthony Mantha and Alex Ovechkin each had a goal and an assist, and the Washington Capitals beat the Seattle Kraken 4-1 on Friday night.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Anthony Mantha and Alex Ovechkin each had a goal and an assist, and the Washington Capitals beat the Seattle Kraken 4-1 on Friday night.

Marcus Johansson and Lars Eller also scored and Charlie Lindgren stopped 25 shots as the Capitals won three straight games for the first time this season. Eller and Ovechkin sealed the final with empty nets in 1:06, with Ovechkin marking his 796th career goal.

“We just played fantastic hockey,” said Lindgren. “Honestly, I think it’s been fun scoring for this team all year, but especially in the last couple of games we’ve played incredibly. (We) can’t get complacent, we just have to keep fighting, keep working.”

Adam Larsson scored and Philipp Grubauer finished the game with 34 saves as Seattle lost its third straight loss.

The Kraken were knocked 12-6 wide in the first half but came on the scoreboard first when Larsson scored his first goal in 20 games from a point shot through traffic, taking 2:09 at half time for the only goal of the octopuses remained. It was the 18th time in 29 games this season that the Capitals have conceded the game’s opening goal.

“Just get back to work. Tough tracks, they’re part of it,” said Kraken trainer Dave Hakstol. “You have periods where you’re playing well and things are going your way. You have tough periods on the schedule where you just have to get up and play good hockey. Our group is strong in the dressing room. Stay confident, do it better than we did tonight.”

After numerous high-risk chances, Washington finally equalized at 5:20 of the second when Mantha buttoned the rebound from Matt Irwin’s shot and shoved it off Jamie Oleksiak’s skate and into the net. It was Mantha’s seventh goal of the season and first in four games.

“Everyone was on fire…it’s just a big win and big points for our team right now,” said Mantha.

Shortly after recording his first NHL assist on Mantha’s goal, Alexeyev left the game after elbowing Oleksiak in the head, who received a match penalty. The Capitals played a 5-minute power play and Johansson scored his sixth goal to give Washington a 6-45 lead at the center.

REMARKS

F Tom Wilson took to the ice for the first time of the season at morning skating with the Capitals on Friday. … Seattle’s Shane Wright signed up for Team Canada for the Junior World Championships. … The Capitals’ Darcy Kuemper and Martin Fehervary missed their third straight game with upper body injuries, while Dmitry Orlov has now missed 15 straight games. … Kraken C Karson Kulhman got an assist for his first point since October 23 (seven games). … Ovechkin now has 15 points in his last 11 games.

NEXT

Kraken: Sunday in Florida as they continue a four-game journey.

Capitals: Sunday in Winnipeg for the first of two meetings this season.

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Emma Bowman

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