Capitals Vs. Canucks: Washington Can't Complete Comeback, Falls 7-4 To Vancouver

The Caps erased two deficits, but could not complete the comeback in their second straight loss, a 7-4 setback to the Canucks Saturday.

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Capitals Vs. Canucks: Washington Can't Complete Comeback, Falls 7-4 To Vancouver

An old adage says that "he who laughs last, laughs best." Perhaps the same can be said about scoring.

A back-and-forth game between the Washington Capitals and Vancouver Canucks ended with the latter scoring three unanswered goals in the third period en route to a 7-4 victory.

Alex Ovechkin scored twice for the Caps, who also received goals from Mike Knuble and Marcus Johansson. For the Canucks, Alexander Edler, Maxim Lapierre and Chris Higgins each scored twice, while Henrik Sedin added one as well. Vancouver led 3-1 after the first period and chased Tomas Vokoun, who allowed three goals on 17 shots. Michal Neuvirth returned to action for the first time since October 8 in the second period and stopped 22 of 26 shots.

The Caps made a spirited comeback in the second period as they tied the game at 4-4 entering the third, but the Canucks scored thrice in a span of 4:07 to put the game out of reach. Roberto Luongo made 28 saves on 32 shots for the victory.

After a 0-2 road trip, the Caps return to Verizon Center - where they are 5-0-0 this season - to face the Anaheim Ducks Tuesday,


Capitals Vs. Canucks: Michal Neuvirth Returns, Caps Tie Game At 4-4

in what could have been a statement, head coach Bruce Boudreau replaced Tomas Vokoun with Michal Neuvirth to start the second period after the Vancouver Canucks jumped out to a 3-1 lead in the first period. Statement made.

Alex Ovechkin, Mike Knuble and Marcus Johansson returned the favor as the Caps scored three goals of their own in the second period to bring Washington to a 4-4 tie with Vancouver after 40 minutes.

Ovechkin scored his second goal of the game and fifth of the season at 1:25. After he drew a slashing penalty to put the Caps on the power play, Ovechkin put a one-timer from the right faceoff dot past Roberto Luongo to cut the Canucks lead in half. Knuble tied the game at 3-3 on a penalty shot after being dragged down on a breakaway. Luongo got his glove on Knuble's second career penalty shot attempt, but not enough as it rolled off the top and into the back of the net at 5:07.

Alexander Edler answered the rally with his second goal of the night and season when a great passing sequence with Henrik Sedin left him wide open in the slot for a one-timer that beat Neuvirth at 8:00.

Johansson tied the game once again at 17:54 when he beat Luongo short side with a wrist shot while on a 2-on-1 rush. Johansson had a similar shot earlier in the period, but Luongo made the save. The goal was Johansson's fifth of the season and first not to come in the first period.

Neuvirth made 13 saves in his first appearance since October 8 against the Carolina Hurricanes. Neuvirth had been suffering from a bruised right foot.


Capitals Vs. Canucks: Vancouver Jumps On Tomas Vokoun, Leads Washington 3-1

Halloween isn't for two days, but the first period was the Washington Capitals' worst nightmare.

The Vancouver Canucks fired 17 shots on Tomas Vokoun and put three past him as they lead the Caps 3-1 at the end of the first period.

Maxim Lapierre scored his second goal of the season at 3:31 off a miscue by Vokoun. Kevin Bieksa's dump-in attempt ricocheted off Dale Weise's stick and behind the Caps' net. Vokoun went behind the net to play the puck, but since it was close to the edge of the trapezoidal area where goalies are prohibited from playing the puck, he hesitated. Lapierre picked off Vokoun's weak poke check and his sharp-angle shot banked off Vokoun's skates and into the net to give Vancouver a 1-0 lead.

Not to be outdone, Alex Ovechkin's fourth goal of the season tied the game at 1-1 on another advantageous bounce. Ovechkin crashed the net to pick up a rebound attempt and got enough of his stick on it to send it over Roberto Luongo's head. The puck bounced off Luongo's back and rolled into the net at 8:55.

The Canucks regained the lead at 13:17 on the power play. With Joel Ward in the box for high-sticking Ryan Kesler, Christopher Higgins received the puck behind the net and attempted a wraparound shot. Vokoun made a sprawling leg save on Higgins' initial attempt, but the rebound came right back to Higgins, who had no one around him. He then beat a downed Vokoun for his fourth goal of the season.

Alexander Edler made it 3-1 with just four seconds left in the period five seconds into their third power play. Edler's slap shot from the point beat Vokoun top shelf. The Canucks are 2-of-3 on the power play.

Vancouver's 17 shots are just two less than the 19 total shots Washington allowed against the Edmonton Oilers Thursday


Capitals Vs. Canucks: Caps Look To Rebound From First Loss Against Canucks

The Caps will have their hands full Saturday as they attempt to get back on the winning track against the Canucks.

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