|Date of game: 2/1/2015
Recap: Washington vs. St. Louis
Washington, DC (SportsNetwork.com) - Alex Steen had two goals and an assist to guide the St. Louis Blues in a 4-3 win over the Washington Capitals on Sunday.
Vladimir Tarasenko had a goal and an assist, Dmitrij Jaskin lit the lamp, and T.J. Oshie added three assists for the Blues, who have won 10 of their last 11 with the only loss during that run an overtime defeat to Detroit on Jan. 15. Brian Elliott had 33 saves in the win.
"We worked really hard for these points," said Oshie. "It's great that we came away with two here and hopefully we learned something about how to win on the road."
Alex Ovechkin scored twice and added a helper and Karl Alzner also scored for the Capitals, who have dropped six of their last seven. Justin Peters allowed all four goals on 40 shots.
"We have to play hard to pass the teams ahead us," said Washington head coach Barry Trotz. "We had a chance to make up some ground, but we let a chance to pick up some points slip away from us."
St. Louis drew first blood at 2:34 of the first period while on the power play. Oshie's slap shot from the left point was stopped and Jaden Schwartz put the rebound on net. That was stopped as well, but Steen was there to put home the third chance for a 1-0 lead.
Washington, though, answered near the midway mark of the first with a power- play goal of its own as sharp puck movement was finished off by a one-timer from Ovechkin from the left point.
It was his 30th goal of the season, the 10th time in his 10 seasons that he has reached that mark. He became the fifth player in NHL history to accomplish that feat, joining Mike Bossy, Wayne Gretzky, Jari Kurri and Mike Gartner.
Just over five minutes into the second, St. Louis' David Backes was thrown out and given a five-minute major for boarding Alzner, but the Capitals were unable to take advantage of the long power play.
A little after killing off the penalty, the Blues went on top when Steen scored his second of the game off his own rebound to finish off a rush play at 11:45.
It was Ovechkin again, though, three minutes later as a turnover in the St. Louis end saw him get the puck at the left circle and fired a shot that tipped off a St. Louis stick and went in to tie the game.
The Blues, though, took a 3-2 lead into the second intermission as Jaskin swept in a rebound during a scrum in front at 15:57.
St. Louis grabbed a 4-2 lead at 6:13 of the third as a 2-on-1 saw Steen fire a pass from the left wing to the right where Tarasenko finished it off for his 25th goal of the season.
The Caps made it a one-goal game with 7:32 to play as Alzner threw a shot on net from the left point that made its way past a maze of players for his fourth of the season.
St. Louis, though, did a good job keeping the puck away from the Caps during the final minute, as Washington was unable to pull its goalie until late and couldn't net the equalizer.Game Notes
St. Louis defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk left the game early with a lower-body
injury ... Both teams were 1-for-3 on the power play ... St. Louis hosts Tampa
Bay on Tuesday ... Washington hosts Los Angeles on Tuesday ... Nicklas
Backstrom and Mike Green each posted two assists for the Caps.