NHL: John Carlson plays hero against Kings; Max Pacioretty’s 1st point with the Caps

WASHINGTON, DC – John Carlson scored with 52.9 seconds left in the third period, leading the Washington Capitals to a 4-3 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Sunday afternoon.

Positioned at the blue line, Carlson received a pass from Beck Malenstyn and fired into Cam Talbot’s net.

Surprisingly, the Capitals (19-13-6) swept the two-game series between the two clubs, having tasted victory in Los Angeles on November 29.

Carlson’s throw wasn’t the strongest, but it was accurate enough to make it through traffic without Talbot being able to locate it.

Nicolas Aubé-Kubel, who had earlier scored the equalizing goal for the Caps, also assisted on the winning goal.

Veteran goalie Darcy Kuemper also had a lot to say in Washington’s victory, being bombarded with 41 shots.

In his third game with his new team, winger Max Pacioretty earned a first point, helping set up Dylan Strome’s net, as did Alex Ovechkin, who earned at least a point in a fifth straight game.

The Caps’ other goal was scored by Nic Dowd.

Kevin Fiala scored twice and Adrian Kempe scored in the massive attack of the Kings (20-10-6), whose cruising speed has certainly slowed since a remarkable start to the season.

Todd McLellan’s men have only won four times in their last ten games (4-4-2). They will continue on Tuesday visiting the Tampa Bay Lightning.

The Hawks play a trick on the Flames

Hard hit by injuries, the Chicago Blackhawks found the resources to surprise the Calgary Flames 4-3.

Due to the presence of Connor Bedard, Taylor Hall, Nick Foligno, Seth Jones, Taylor Raddysh, Andreas Athanasiou, Anthony Beauvillier and Tyler Johnson on the injured list, the Hawks used numerous players from the Rockford IceHogs, their AHL farm club.

This did not stop Luke Richardson’s men from achieving an improbable victory, thanks to four goals scored on 21 shots at the expense of Dan Vladar, the Flames’ backup goalkeeper.

Colin Blackwell scored twice, including the game-winning goal on a power play, making the score 4-2 at 14:37 of the third period.

Nazem Kadri also scored his second goal of the afternoon, 42 seconds after Blackwell, to bring the Flames within one goal.

But the visitors couldn’t find an equalizer when they played with six skaters for almost two minutes.

Petr Mrazek made 28 saves in Chicago’s victory, making it three in his last ten games (3-6-1).

Calgary (17-18-5) fell back below .500 after suffering setbacks in regulation two days in a row.

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