Capitals erase another third-period deficit, beat Kings 4-3

Oct 22, 2022, 6:39 AM | Updated: 7:31 pm
Los Angeles Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick (32) reacts  after a goal by Washington Capitals defens...

Los Angeles Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick (32) reacts after a goal by Washington Capitals defenseman John Carlson during the third period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Oct. 22, 2022, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

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              Los Angeles Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick (32) reacts  after a goal by Washington Capitals defenseman John Carlson during the third period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Oct. 22, 2022, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
            
              Washington Capitals center Lars Eller, second from left, celebrates his goal with center Aliaksei Protas (59), defenseman John Carlson (74), defenseman Dmitry Orlov (9) and right wing Anthony Mantha (39) during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Los Angeles Kings, Saturday, Oct. 22, 2022, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
            
              Los Angeles Kings defenseman Brandt Clarke, left, is caught in the middle as Washington Capitals defenseman John Carlson (74) celebrates with defenseman Dmitry Orlov (9) and Evgeny Kuznetsov (92) after Carlson's goal during the third period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Oct. 22, 2022, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
            
              Washington Capitals right wing Garnet Hathaway (21) and Los Angeles Kings left wing Kevin Fiala (22) collide along the boards during the third period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Oct. 22, 2022, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
            
              Washington Capitals goaltender Darcy Kuemper (35) stops the puck during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Los Angeles Kings, Saturday, Oct. 22, 2022, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
            
              Washington Capitals left wing Marcus Johansson (90) and goaltender Darcy Kuemper (35) celebrate after an NHL hockey game against the Los Angeles Kings, Saturday, Oct. 22, 2022, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
            
              Washington Capitals left wing Marcus Johansson (90) celebrates after his goal with defenseman John Carlson (74) during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Los Angeles Kings, Saturday, Oct. 22, 2022, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
            
              Los Angeles Kings defenseman Drew Doughty (8) chases the puck next to Washington Capitals center Dylan Strome (17) during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Oct. 22, 2022, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
            
              Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8) passes the puck next to Los Angeles Kings defenseman Matt Roy (3) during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Oct. 22, 2022, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
            
              Los Angeles Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick (32) tracks the puck against Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8) during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Oct. 22, 2022, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
            
              Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8) skates with the puck in front of Los Angeles Kings center Adrian Kempe (9) and goaltender Jonathan Quick (32) during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Oct. 22, 2022, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
            
              Washington Capitals center Aliaksei Protas (59) battles for the puck against Los Angeles Kings defenseman Alexander Edler (2) during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Oct. 22, 2022, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
            
              Washington Capitals defenseman John Carlson, right, shoots against Los Angeles Kings center Anze Kopitar (11) during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Oct. 22, 2022, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

WASHINGTON (AP) — During the second intermission when they were again trailing by two goals, Washington Capitals players shared with each other a simple message.

“We said in here, ‘We already did it once this year and we can do it again,'” Marcus Johansson said.

Then they did. The Capitals erased a second multigoal third-period deficit in a week, beating the Los Angeles Kings 4-3 on Saturday night.

“We just kept working hard, I think we executed a little bit better maybe, but we stuck with it,” Johansson said.

With the memory of a similar comeback Monday against Vancouver fresh, Nic Dowd and John Carlson scored to erase the deficit, Lars Eller put Washington ahead and — after Los Angeles tied it — Johansson got a wraparound goal past Jonathan Quick with 5:25 to respond.

It didn’t take much for members of one of oldest teams in the NHL to believe another rally was possible.

“As soon as Dowder scored, I felt like, ‘OK, here we go,'” said Johansson, who has five points in six games. “We got some looks and it started going in.”

Dmitry Orlov tied a career high with three assists, and Darcy Kuemper made 21 saves, including a couple important stops in the final minute. Washington has won three of four games after dropping its first two.

Despite Viktor Arvidsson setting up two goals and tying it in the third and two-time Stanley Cup-winning goalie Jonathan Quick stopping 28 of the 32 shots he faced, Los Angeles has lost two in a row to wrap up a five-game trip after getting blown out in Pittsburgh on Thursday night. The Kings won the first three on the trip and now return home on a sour note after blowing a two-goal lead.

“Obviously, the last two, the Pittsburgh one we weren’t real pleased with,” coach Todd McLellan said. “This game wasn’t a disaster, although we gave up four in the third to lose it. So we’re still not where we need to be, quite frankly.”

The Capitals are not either, but at 3-3 they’ve been able to pick up some points early without top forwards Nicklas Backstrom and Tom Wilson and after losing winger Connor Brown to a long-term injury. After a dud of a 5-2 loss Thursday in Ottawa, Washington’s third period could prove significant in the long term with the next four on the road.

“At the start of the season, everybody’s close to each other so you try to get more points and get better position in the standings because it’s a long season,” Orlov said. I think this season we got a lot of road trips, long road trips, and it’s going to be difficult and we need to especially be good at home. We weren’t last year, and I think we tried to be good this season, get more points at home than last year.”

NOTES: Peter Laviolette coached the Capitals after being considered a game-time decision with an illness not related to COVID-19. … Washington’s Evgeny Kuznetsov returned after serving a one-game suspension for high-sticking. … Kings defenseman Alexander Edler returned from a three-game absence after getting struck in the face by a puck in warmups Monday.

UP NEXT

Kings: Host Tampa Bay on Monday night to begin a three-game homestand.

Capitals: Begin a stretch of four consecutive road games Monday night at New Jersey.

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