|Date of game: 12/2/2014
Recap: Washington vs. Vancouver
Washington, DC (SportsNetwork.com) - Daniel Sedin scored twice, including the winner halfway through the third, to lead the Vancouver Canucks in a 4-3 win over the Washington Capitals.
Radim Vrbata had a goal and an assist and Derek Dorsett also scored for the Canucks, who have won four of their last five. Ryan Miller allowed three goals on 26 shots in the win.
John Carlson had two goals and an assist and Brooks Laich also scored for the Capitals, who have lost four of five. Braden Holtby stopped 28 shots in the loss.
"We just have to be more ready for teams that we don't see that often," said Carlson. "We played a good game, but we just didn't give ourselves a chance to win it."
Washington had tied the game early in the third, but the Canucks went on top on the power play as Henrik Sedin sent a backhand saucer pass through the neutral zone to the left wing for Daniel, who blasted a shot over the left shoulder of Holtby for a 4-3 lead at 9:39.
"For us to be successful, we need good special teams and of course on the power play we needed to find a way to score some power play goals and help the team," said Vrbata. "We switched some things around in the set up and it paid off today."
Washington pulled Holtby with just under two minutes to play, but was unable to net the equalizer.
Vancouver scored the only goal of the first period after a short pass from Bo Horvat inside the left circle went to the slot and Dorsett wristed it over the glove of Holtby with 2:02 to play in the frame.
Washington tied the game 2:45 into the second after Nicklas Backstrom sent a pass from the left corner to the circle where Carlson slapped it home.
Skating on the power play, the Canucks took a 2-1 advantage as Daniel Sedin chipped in a feed from his brother halfway through the frame, and the team added another power-play marker less than three minutes later as Vrbata banged home a rebound from the left side.
The Caps, though, cut their deficit to one at 14:43 of the second as Carlson's big blast from the high slot went through several players in front of the net.
Washington then tied the game at 4:39 of the third on a beautiful goal from Laich, who took a feed from Eric Fehr and slipped the puck between his legs before quickly lifting it into the net for his first of the season.Game Notes
Vancouver continues its seven-game road trip in Pittsburgh on Thursday ...
Washington hits the road for three games starting in Carolina on Thursday ...
Vancouver went 3-for-4 on the power play, while Washington failed to score on
its one chance ... Vancouver won both matchups with Washington this season,
having taken a 4-2 victory at home on Oct. 26.