Capitals use shorthanded goal to end Predators win streak at seven


WASHINGTON — The Nashville Predators had their seven-game winning streak end with a 5-3 loss to the Washington Capitals at Capital One Arena on Wednesday.

Evgeny Kuznetsov scored a shorthanded goal at 14:24 of the third period to make it 4-3.

John Carlson had a goal and three assists for the Capitals (17-6-7), who took a 3-0 second-period lead in their first game since Dec. 19. Ilya Samsonov made 17 saves.

Juuse Saros made 32 saves for the Predators (19-11-1), who had not played since Dec. 17.

The Capitals were 0-for-6 on the power play and Alex Ovechkin remained tied with Dave Andreychuk for the most power-play goals in NHL history (274).

Yakov Trenin jammed the rebound of Tanner Jeannot‘s shot through the five-hole to get Nashville within 3-1 at 1:23 of the second period.

Nashville then scored twice shorthanded to tie it.

Eeli Tolvanen passed over sliding Capitals defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk to Luke Kunin, who tapped it in to make it 3-2 at 7:03. Filip Forsberg tied it 3-3 at 7:38 when he deflected Dante Fabbro‘s wrist shot from the point.

Lars Eller completed a passing sequence when he tipped in a pass across the crease from Carlson to give the Capitals a 1-0 lead at 3:15 of the first period.

Carlson made it 2-0 at 13:11 when he scored from the right circle on a wrist shot, and Nic Dowd tipped in a pass from Carl Hagelin on the rush to make it 3-0 at 18:52.

Hagelin scored into an empty net at 18:57 of the third period for the 5-3 final.

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