Ovechkin scores early and in shootout; Preds lose fifth straight

Saturday, October 17, 2009 at 8:51pm
Staff reports

The Nashville Predators overcame a pair of first-period goals by Alexander Ovechkin, but the two-time Hart Trophy winner was the only skater who converted in a shootout and the Predators’ losing streak reached five games with a 3-2 loss to Capitals in Washington D.C. on Saturday.

By advancing to overtime, the Predators did earn a standings point for the first time since their 3-2 victory over Colorado on Oct. 8. It was the Predators’ first overtime game since their 3-2 shootout victory over in the season-opener.

Ovechkin entered the contest with as many goals this season (seven) as the entire Nashville team. He quickly added to his total – and put the Predators in a 1-0 hole – when he converted 15 seconds into a first-period power play. He made it 2-0 with an even strength goal with 1:45 to play in the first.

In the shootout, he was Washington’s second skater and scored easily after he faked goalie Dan Ellis out of position.

Nashville’s first two shooters, Steve Sullivan and David Legwand, missed the net. Martin Erat was stopped by goalie Semyon Varlamov to end the shootout.

Nashville answered Ovechkin’s two regulation goals when Shea Weber and J.P. Dumont scored 1:35 apart in the second period. Weber’s goal was the first this season by a Predators’ defenseman. Dumont’s goal was unassisted.

Washington outshot Nashville 34-24 in regulation and registered the only shot by either team in the five-minute, four-on-four overtime period.

Defenseman Cody Franson was recalled Friday and made his NHL debut. He played in place of Dan Hamhuis, who sat out with an injury.

Prior to the game Saturday, forward Ben Guite was reassigned to Milwaukee.