Hathaway scores twice, Capitals loses Kings point streak 2-0
Angels Garnet Hathaway scored twice late in the third half as the Washington Capitals beat Los Angeles 2-0 on Wednesday night, surpassing the Kings’ eight-point streak.
The Capitals extended their points streak to six points (5-0-1) with the win. They are tied with the Florida Panthers for the most points in the NHL with a score of 25.
The match was goalless until 3:30 was left, when John Carlson spotted Jonathan Quick playing off position and flipped a pass to Hathaway, who was able to drive it into the net.
“Tonight, what a play Kuzy (Evgeny Kuznetsov) wrote for Jon, and that’s something we’ve been talking about, trying to get layers of the net but also find a back door as well. Jon is a skilled player, so I had to stand there,” said Hathaway. I put sticks on the ice.”
Then Hathaway added a goal free of the net before it left 1:18. He has five goals per season and six points in his last four games.
“I thought he was playing hockey really well, but with the amount of insult out of the squad at the moment, having him contribute the way he really is, is really important,” Capitals coach Peter LaViolet said of Hathaway. Well, it handles disk well. He shoots hard. He goes to the network and goes to difficult areas. There’s no reason why he can’t score goals, so it’s good to see him rewarded.”
Ilya Samsonov saved 34 saves for the second time this season and the fifth of his career.
Los Angeles had two scoring chances in the second but it came out empty. Samsanov saved a shot from Trevor Moore’s wrist seven minutes into the period. He then blocks Matt Roy’s shot from the point and two subsequent rebounding chances by Moore late in the period.
“He did a really good job. He seemed to be in control of the game, in control of his flexure. Concentrated. He did a really good job,” Laviolette said of Samsanov.
Kwik, who blocked 36 shots, cut short a four-game winning streak. This is the second time the Kings have been eliminated 7-0-1 during their back-to-back streak this season.
“We are not going to sit in the corner and suck our thumbs up on this. You know, we did some good things,” said Kings striker Anzi Kopetar. “We are definitely not satisfied with the result, but there are parts of the match that I think were good today. So we will build on that and take the next step.”
Washington’s best chance came ahead of Hathaway’s first goal with a one-off pair of strikes by Alexander Ovechkin from the standoff circuit on Athletics during the second and third periods that Kwik was able to stop.
“Oh, that was definitely a tough game. It felt a little bit heroic as there was no space either way. Both teams had to work really hard just to get a shot,” Kings coach Todd McClellan said. Of this type of game, where one would be the target and it would have been the difference.”
One step after another
The Capitals were the seventh team in league history and the first since Montreal in 2016 to face two different teams on consecutive days with a point streak of eight games or more. Anaheim won in overtime 3-2 on Tuesday to extend its winning streak to eight.
Samsonov has a 34-10-4 career record in the NHL, including a 22-3-2 record on the road. Since the start of the 2019-20 season, Samsonov’s 22 road wins have tied for sixth in the National Hockey League and the most among goalkeepers with 30 or fewer road games.
Capitals: In San Jose on Saturday.
Kings: Host Carolina on Saturday.
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