Defenceman John Carlson’s two goals paced the Washington Capitals to a 5-3 win over the Calgary Flames on Tuesday.
Carlson scored and added an empty-netter for an NHL-leading 20 points (five goals, 15 assists).
Alex Ovechkin had a goal and an assist and Tom Wilson also scored for Washington (7-2-2), while Chandler Stephenson got the credit on a Flames own-goal.
Braden Holtby posted 32 saves for the win.
Elias Lindholm with his team-leading sixth goal, Tobias Rieder and Austin Czarnik countered for the Flames (5-5-1).
Cam Talbot stopped 25 shots in his second straight start of the season for Calgary.
Fewest games by a defenseman to record 20th point of a season, NHL history: <br><br>10 GP – Paul Coffey (1988-89 w/ PIT)<br>11 GP – <a href=”https://twitter.com/JohnCarlson74?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>@JohnCarlson74</a> (2019-20 w/ <a href=”https://twitter.com/Capitals?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>@Capitals</a>)<br>11 GP – Bobby Orr (1974-75 w/ BOS)<a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/NHLStats?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#NHLStats</a> <a href=”https://t.co/SWHJAQoOVd”>pic.twitter.com/SWHJAQoOVd</a>
The Capitals won their fourth in a row while the Flames suffered their first loss in regulation at home this season.
Rieder scored with 16 seconds remaining in the game after Carlson’s empty-net goal at 18:15.
Wilson made it 4-2 on a feed from Lars Eller to beat Talbot under his left pad at 12:34 of the third period.
Ovechkin silences crowd
Ten seconds after Czarnik pulled the Flames even at 2-2 in the second, Ovechkin quieted the Saddledome with a go-ahead goal at 16:35.
The Caps’ captain took a backhand dish from Nicklas Backstrom on a two-on-one and wired the puck home for his seventh goal of the season.
Czarnik scored his first by pouncing on a loose puck and sweeping it past Holtby during a goal-mouth scramble for a T.J. Brodie rebound.
Trailing after two quick Washington goals in the first three minutes of the second period, Lindholm halved the deficit with a power-play goal at 3:19.
The Swede wristed a cross-ice feed from Johnny Gaudreau over Holtby’s glove.
Stephenson’s centring pass from behind Calgary’s net deflected off Flames defenceman Rasmus Andersson and into the host team’s net at 2:41.
Talbot mishandled Carlson’s off-speed shot from the boards for Washington’s first goal of the game 35 seconds into the period.
Calgary outshot the Caps 15-9 in a scoreless first period.
Washington was held scoreless on three power-play chances. Calgary went 1-for-4.
The Flames are home to the Florida Panthers and Washington continues on the road against the Edmonton Oilers on Thursday.
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