WASHINGTON (AP) – Adrian Kempe scored a tie-breaking goal in the middle of the third period to give the Los Angeles Kings a 3-2 win over the Washington Capitals on Sunday night.
Washington was missing forward Niklas Backstrom, Evgeny Kuznetsov, TJ Oshi and Michael Serbossa, all on the COVID-19 list. Oshi was placed on the list earlier on Sunday, and Sagarbosa was a scratch of late.
Garrett Sparks, recalled from the minors before the game, intercepted 33 shots for his first NHL win since March 20, 2019.
Blake Lizzote short-handed and Christian Volanin also scored a goal for the Kings, who went down two in the second period.
Conor McMichael and Justin Schultz scored one goal each for Washington.
Kempe’s 12th goal of the season, which flitted his stick in front of the net, struck Vitek Venacek, who made 21 saves.
The Capitals won their last five matches against the Kings.
McMichael’s fourth goal saw Washington take the lead in an earlier 7:58, aided by nearby Virginia native Joe Snively, who was making his NHL debut.
Schultz’s second goal of the season, his first since opening night, came after a four-minute power play ended, giving Washington a 2–0 advantage at 13:47 of the second.
Lizzotte’s third goal cut Washington’s lead to 2-1 at 17:04 of the second.
Volanin’s first NHL goal since March 14, 2019, tied the score at 2:50 on the third.
Note: Washington forward Tom Wilson missed his fourth straight game due to an upper body injury. He was on Sunday morning’s skate, but he was wearing a no-contact jersey. He has been placed on injured reserve. … capital forward Garnet Hathaway was activated from the COVID-19 list. He assisted on Schultz’s goal. … Linesman Julian Fournier was unavailable for the game, which was umpired by two referees and a linesman. …Kings put Philippe Danault next on the COVID-19 list.
Kings: Visit the Vegas Golden Knights on Thursday. Los Angeles’ scheduled home game against Edmonton on Wednesday was postponed.
Capitals: Visit the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday nights.
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