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Late Surge Lifts Kings Over Capitals, 4-1

Washington, DC (Sports Network) - Michal Handzus and Anze Kopitar each had a goal and an assist, as the Los Angeles Kings scored four unanswered goals to beat the Washington Capitals, 4-1. Andrei Loktionov and Jarret Stoll also lit the lamp for the Kings, who improved to 3-0-2 on their 10-game road trip. Jonathan Bernier made 22 saves for Los Angeles, which has won four in a row against Washington.

Alex Ovechkin scored the lone goal for the Capitals, who have lost two straight and five of seven overall. Semyon Varlamov turned aside 24-of-28 shots in defeat. Ovechkin put the Capitals on the board just 1:06 into the game. A loose puck was gathered at center ice by Ovechkin, who charged down the left side of the ice before firing a wrister past Bernier.

The Kings managed just four shots on goal in the opening period, then peppered Varlamov with 15 in the second and tied the game at the 10:41 mark of the middle stanza when Kopitar jammed home a rebound. Loktionov sparked a three-goal third period at the 3:36 mark. Kyle Clifford's shot from the right circle set up a rebound in front and Loktionov was right there to put the puck in the net.

Handzus kept the goals coming at the 12:28 mark. A scramble for the puck in front resulted in Handzus jamming the disc past Varlamov. Stoll capped the scoring burst with 6:04 to play. LA has taken seven of its last nine encounters with the Capitals in this series. The Kings also have six wins in their last eight trips to Washington...The Capitals went 0-for-4 on the power play.

For more information on today's game, be sure to read Jewels From The Crown.