Ducks Down Capitals – Miller Reaches Milestone

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Adam Henrique and Jakob Silfverberg each had two goals and Ryan Miller became the all-time leader in wins by a U.S.-born goaltender as the Anaheim Ducks beat the Washington Capitals 5-2 Sunday night.

Miller, who missed 24 games due to a knee injury, made 23 saves in his first start since Dec. 9 against New Jersey. He got his 375th victory, breaking a tie with John Vanbiesbrouck.

Henrique gave the Ducks a 3-2 lead when he scored on a power play 37 seconds into the third. Henrique — who also had an assist — got a loose puck in front of the net in traffic and put it in the net when the Capitals were unable to clear.

Corey Perry added a goal and an assist. His goal on a one-timer from Cam Fowler at 3:40 of the third was his first in eight games. Perry missed the first 51 games after undergoing right knee surgery last September.

Silfverberg’s team-leading 15th of the season put the Ducks up by three.

Jakob Silfverberg, Braden Holtby
Anaheim Ducks Jakob Silfverberg scores on Washington Capitals Braden Holtby. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Alex Ovechkin scored his 40th goal of the season to become the fourth player in NHL history with 10 or more 40-goal seasons. Wayne Gretzky had 12 while Marcel Dionne and Mario Lemieux each had 10.

John Carlson also scored for Washington and Braden Holtby made 34 saves.

Ovechkin’s one-timer from the left faceoff circle during a Washington power play at 4:58 of the first gave the Capitals a 1-0 lead. Ovechkin, who leads the league in goals, has three goals and seven assists in his last seven games.

Anaheim tied it at 6:26 of the second when Henrique redirected Brandon Montour’s shot.

The Ducks took a 2-1 lead at 14:07 on a tic-tac-toe goal when Hampus Lindholm found Silfverberg in front of the goal. Silfverberg then passed it to Henrique on a two-man rush and got it back on a return feed to put it past Holtby.

Carlson tied it at 17:01 as he lofted a wrist shot from near the blue line that found its way through traffic for his ninth of the season.

NOTES: Anaheim C Ryan Getzlaf had two assists. He leads the team in assists (27) and points (38). … The Ducks are 2-1 since Bob Murray replaced Randy Carlyle as head coach on Feb. 10. … Fowler’s assist was his 205th, lifting him past Scott Niedermayer for most assists by a defenceman in Ducks history. Coincidentally, Niedermayer had his jersey retired before the game. … Washington has dropped two of three games during this road trip.


Capitals: Continue their six-game road trip at Los Angeles on Monday night.

Ducks: Travel to Minnesota on Tuesday night to begin a four-game road swing.


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