Alex Ovechkin and Connor Shearer each scored twice on Saturday night to give the Washington Capitals a 4-0 lead over the San Jose Sharks.
Ilya Samson returned 22 shots for his second consecutive shutout as the Capitals won the seven-game point streak for the sixth time. For the first time this season, Samsonov was playing in a drawn game.
“I hope (Samsonov) will play like that for the rest of the year,” Ovechkin said.
“I think he and Vitek (Venezia) play well. … It’s very important to us that we have two goalie who are going to stop it if we make a mistake.”
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San Jose forward Noah Gregor, who was called in from the team’s nearest AHL affiliate, led the Sharks with five shots on goal.
Shearer scored just over two minutes into the game and Ovechkin added a power-play goal with just six minutes left in the first half.
Ovechkin’s 13th goal was his first since November 12, when the 12-time All-Star scored the 742nd goal of his career, putting Brett Hull fourth on the all-time list.
Sherry added an insurance goal at 15:10 in the third minute and Ovechkin made an empty-netter with just one minute left.
“I thought the second time was bad for us,” said Capitals coach Peter Laviolet.
“It’s a good thing we went 2-0 up from the second period, and then I thought we played a really good third period. A much more detailed and easy and orderly game with Pak.”
San Jose lost four of five and six of eight.
The Sharks had a chance to get back into the game towards the end of the second period but failed to capitalize on Carl Hagelin’s four-minute double minor high-sticking. San Jose had 0 for 4 in the power play.
“We’re probably not shooting enough with the traffic. We have enough time with it. They put a lot of pressure,” said Sharks captain Logan Kutcher. “We had some good looks.”
Adin Hill had 19 saves for the Sharks.
Sharks coach Bob Bonner has addressed the situation of forward Evander Kane, who is issuing a 21-game suspension for submitting a fake COVID-19 vaccine card. Kane is eligible to return on November 30 ৷
“I hope I have more information. I do not and it is completely honest. (But) I know decisions need to be made,” Baghnar said.
Note: Capitals forward Nick Dowd and TJ Oshi both returned to the ice after missing time due to leg injuries. David has not played since November 8 and Oshi has not played since October 27. … Capitals hired Rocky F. Brett Lyson in their AHL affiliate Hershey, Pennsylvania. Samsonov was playing against San Jose for the first time in his career. … Shark forward Kevin Labank was given a one-game suspension for St Louis Center Tyler Bozak. Labank was called up for a two-minute tripping penalty when San Jose lost 4-1. He served suspension on Saturday. The Sharks have brought Gregor and forward Jeffrey Weill back from their AHL affiliates in San Jose. … F. Lane Pederson (lower body) was placed in the IR. … C. Jonathan Dahlen left the first period in less than seven minutes due to a shoulder injury and did not return. … De Eric Carlson’s next game will be his 800th.
Capital: See the Seattle Kraken on Sunday night.
Shark: Host the Carolina Hurricane on Monday night.