Capitals defeat Golden Knights for sixth straight victory

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  • Nicklas Backstrom scored two goals in the third period for the Washington Capitals in their sixth consecutive win, 5-2 against the Vegas Golden Knights at Capital One Arena on Saturday.
  • Evgeny Kuznetsov had a goal and an assist, Jonas Siegenthaler scored his first NHL goal, and Jakub Vrana and John Carlson each had two assists for Washington (13-2-3), which is 10-0-1 in its past 11 games, outscoring opponents 50-31.
  • Braden Holtby made 30 saves in the win.

“I think we’re working together as a team,” Backstrom said. “We’re doing all the details right. We’re trying to follow the system that the coaches want us to play. I feel like when you have confidence like we have … we’re just trying to keep going and get better every day. So far, so good.”

  • Max Pacioretty and Reilly Smith scored for Vegas (9-6-3), which is 1-1-1 on its four-game road trip and 1-1-3 in its past five.
  • Marc-Andre Fleury made 29 saves.

“I don’t think we played as good as we had in the past lately, and we just didn’t look [like we were] getting ready to beat a good team,” Golden Knights coach Gerard Gallant said. “We had to play a lot better than that.”

NHL Highlights | Golden Knights vs. Capitals – Nov. 9, 2019

EXTRA NOTES

  • Wilson has three goals in the past two games and four in the past four. …
  • Pacioretty has three goals in the past four games, and Smith has three in the past three. …
  • The Capitals have scored at least one goal in the second period of every game this season. …
  • Carlson (333 assists, 431 points) passed Scott Stevens (331 assists, 429 points) for second in assists and points among defensemen in Washington history.
  • Calle Johansson is first in each, with 361 assists and 474 points.
Sources & Credits:Harvey Valentine / NHL.com, WAS Capitals, VGK

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