Stars shine as Caps handle Predators 4-1

For the first time all season, Alex Ovechkin and Alex Semin scored in the same game for the Washington Capitals.

Let me say that again, the first time, all season

Nicklas Backstrom and Troy Brouwer also scored for the Caps as they beat the Nashville Predators 4-1 on Tuesday night at Verizon Center. 

The Caps got off to a fast start with goals from Ovechkin and Backstrom in the first period and never looked back.

"We wanted to get out to a fast start, and I think we did that in the first," said coach Dale Hunter postgame. 

Ovechkin broke in thanks to a great chip off the boards from defenseman Karl Alzner and beat Preds goalie Anders Lindback for his 11th goal of the season. 

Backstrom displayed incredible individual effort in scoring his 12th goal of the season on a wrap-around after fighting off Jerred Smithson behind the Nashville goal. 

After a Sergei Kostitsyn goal four minutes into the third period, Alex Semin responded with a rocket to the top right corner on Anders Lindback to push the Caps lead back to two goals at 3-1. A powerplay marker from Troy Brouwer on a tip-in off a point shot from Dennis Wideman put the Preds away at 4-1. 

Ovechkin has had two multiple goal games this season, but this was by far his best performance of the season. He was everywhere and seemed dangerous and a threat to score anytime he had the puck on his tape.

"He {Ovie} got involved early on with his hitting game and it showed," said Hunter. 

Semin also had tons of energy playing on a line with Jeff Halpern and Brouwer all night. 

Washington also got another solid performance from the red-hot Michal Neuvirth, who turned aside 20 of 21 shots to earn his second win in his last three games. He's stopped 72 of 75 shots in that same span. 

Anders Lindback got the loss in net for the Predators as he stopped 19 of 23 shots spelling Pekka Rinne for the night. 

Caps forward Mike Knuble, playing in his 1,000th game, played 10:07 of ice time in becoming the 267th player in NHL history to reach that feat. 

Dale Hunter and Co. get a few days off before hosting the New Jersey Devils on Friday at Verizon Center, the Caps are 1-0-1 against the Devils this season. 

 

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