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Washington
Capitals
23-46-10-3
Los Angeles
Kings
28-29-16-9

33 SOG
37 SOG
1st2nd3rdT
WSH
LAK
game recap

Washington Capitals 3, Los Angeles Kings 7 FINAL

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 5:15 AM

Associated Press

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Washington Capitals 3, Los Angeles Kings 7 FINAL
Washington Capitals 3, Los Angeles Kings 7

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The Los Angeles Kings beat Washington by playing the Capitals' wide-open style.

Ziggy Palffy and Michael Cammalleri each scored two goals, and Alexander Frolov had a goal and two assists to lead the Kings to a 7-3 victory on Saturday night.

"It was that circle-the-wagon concept on defense," Kings coach Andy Murray said. "We certainly weren't as disciplined, but you have to give the Capitals credit. They make it difficult for you to stay in your defensive structure and they pulled us out of it. But the bottom line is, we got the two points."

Martin Straka and Trent Klatt also scored for the Pacific Division-leading Kings, who won for the fourth time in five games and chased Washington goaltender Olaf Kolzig with almost eight minutes remaining after building a 6-3 lead.

"We knew he's been struggling with his game a little bit lately, so we wanted to get some shots on him and get him rattled," said Eric Belanger, who assisted on the tying and go-ahead goals. "He's a goalie who used to play a lot more at the top of his crease, but right now he's back in his net a little bit and he gives up a lot of rebounds."

Sergei Gonchar and Robert Lang scored less than 11/2 minutes apart early in the first period and Joel Kwiatkowski also scored for the Capitals, who were outshot 37-33. Peter Bondra and Jaromir Jagr each had two assists for Washington.

The Capitals, held to only nine shots on net in Thursday's 3-0 loss at New Jersey, had 11 in the first period alone against Roman Cechmanek and built a 2-0 lead by the 4:21 mark with Gonchar's third goal of the season and Lang's 15th. But the Kings responded with four straight goals in just under seven minutes.

"We had a 2-0 lead on the road, and I think we should protect it better," Bondra said. "We made some mistakes. When you don't have the confidence in the way you're playing, you don't believe in yourself."

Straka ignited the Kings' rally with less than two minutes left in the first with his sixth goal -- and second in three games since the Kings obtained him in a trade with Pittsburgh last Sunday.

"They were on top of us at the start of the game and played us extremely strong at the start, but we found a way to get back into it," Murray said. "The first goal near the end of the first period was very important for us, and there were some key saves by Roman when the game was on the line. I mean, if they go up 3-0, it looks pretty bleak."

Frolov tied it 21 seconds into the second period, backhanding his eighth goal past Kolzig during a goalmouth scramble. Klatt converted Frolov's centering pass to put the Kings ahead to stay, and Cammalleri made it 4-2 at 4:03 of the second when he carried the puck around the net and beat Kolzig with a short backhander.

That should have been enough for the Kings, because the Capitals haven't overcome a two-goal deficit all season.

Kwiatkowski narrowed the gap to 4-3 about eight minutes later, but Los Angeles put it away with a three-goal third period, including a short-handed goal by Palffy and a power-play goal by Cammalleri.

"We got Stumpy back, we got Ziggy back, and now we've got Straka. So we've got a lot of talent on three lines, and every line had been producing," Belanger said. "Our line has been great the last five or six games, and the line with Stumpy, Ziggy and Straka has been clicking also. So there are a lot of combinations we can throw out there."

scoring summary
1st Period
02:56
WSH
Sergei Gonchar (3) ASST: Peter Bondra (5), Jaromir Jagr (18)
1 - 0 WSH
04:21
WSH
PPG - Robert Lang (15) ASST: Peter Bondra (6), Jaromir Jagr (19)
2 - 0 WSH
18:05
LAK
Martin Straka (6) ASST: Mattias Norstrom (4), Lubomir Visnovsky (11)
2 - 1 WSH
2nd Period
00:20
LAK
Alex Frolov (8) ASST: Trent Klatt (8), Eric Belanger (4)
2 - 2 Tie
02:46
LAK
Trent Klatt (7) ASST: Alex Frolov (10), Eric Belanger (5)
3 - 2 LAK
04:03
LAK
Mike Cammalleri (6) ASST: Sean Avery (9), Jon Sim (4)
4 - 2 LAK
11:18
WSH
Joel Kwiatkowski (3) ASST: Boyd Gordon (4), Michael Grier (4)
4 - 3 LAK
3rd Period
06:41
LAK
SHG - Ziggy Palffy (7) ASST: Jozef Stumpel (7)
5 - 3 LAK
07:53
LAK
PPG - Mike Cammalleri (7) ASST: Alex Frolov (11), Lubomir Visnovsky (12)
6 - 3 LAK
12:41
LAK
Ziggy Palffy (8) ASST: Martin Straka (9)
7 - 3 LAK
penalty summary
1st Period
01:56
LAK
John Tripp  Fighting (maj) against  Rick Berry
01:56
WSH
Rick Berry  Fighting (maj) against  John Tripp
03:12
LAK
Maxim Kuznetsov  Interference against  Brian Sutherby
06:09
WSH
Brian Sutherby  Unsportsmanlike conduct
06:09
WSH
Joel Kwiatkowski  Hi-sticking against  Jon Sim
06:09
LAK
Jon Sim  Diving against  Joel Kwiatkowski
07:44
WSH
Steve Eminger  Tripping against  Ziggy Palffy
10:58
LAK
Eric Belanger  Holding against  Peter Bondra
16:35
LAK
Aaron Miller  Hooking against  Peter Bondra
16:35
WSH
Peter Bondra  Diving against  Aaron Miller
2nd Period
04:03
WSH
Olie Kolzig  Roughing against  Sean Avery
04:03
WSH
Olie Kolzig  Goalie leave crease
04:03
LAK
Sean Avery  Roughing against  Olie Kolzig
08:02
LAK
Aaron Miller  Hooking against  Alexander Semin
12:10
LAK
Sean Avery  Slashing against  Rick Berry
12:10
WSH
Rick Berry  Roughing against  Sean Avery
15:16
WSH
Dainius Zubrus  Tripping against  Mike Cammalleri
16:00
LAK
Mike Cammalleri  Hi-sticking against  Steve Eminger
3rd Period
05:16
LAK
Mattias Norstrom  Holding the stick against  Jaromir Jagr
07:02
WSH
Joel Kwiatkowski  Hi-sticking against  Jerred Smithson
08:35
WSH
Robert Lang  Hi-sticking
20:00
LAK
Jon Sim  Holding the stick
goalie stats
Rastislav Stana
SA: 6TOI: 12:07
Saves: 5EV: 2 - 3
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 3
SV%: .833SH: 0 - 0
Olie Kolzig
SA: 31TOI: 47:51
Saves: 25EV: 17 - 21
PIM: 4PP: 8 - 9
SV%: .806SH: 0 - 1
Roman Cechmanek
Roman Cechmanek
SA: 33TOI: 60:00
Saves: 30EV: 21 - 23
PIM: 0PP: 9 - 10
SV%: .909SH: 0 - 0