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Fehr, Grabovski help Capitals down Predators

NHL.com | Thursday, 09.26.2013 / 12:27 AM

Mikhail Grabovski showed he might be just what the Washington Capitals need as a No. 2 center, setting up three goals to lead the Caps to a 4-1 victory against the Nashville Predators at Verizon Center.

Grabovski, a late signing after he was bought out by the Toronto Maple Leafs, set up both of Eric Fehr's goals and assisted on Alex Ovechkin's power-play goal late in the second period. Nicklas Backstrom scored the Capitals' other goal.

"He's in good shape, he's a good guy in the locker room, and of course it's easier for me to talk to him because he speaks Russian," a smiling Ovechkin said.

Michal Neuvirth made 33 saves, but lost his shutout bid when Gabriel Bourque scored a power-play goal with 14 seconds remaining in regulation. Carter Hutton made 26 saves for Nashville.

Scoring Summary
1st Period
04:37WSH Eric Fehr (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Mikhail Grabovski (1) 1 - 0 WSH
2nd Period
04:58WSH Nicklas Backstrom (1) Slapshot - ASST: Marcus Johansson (1), Alex Ovechkin (1) 2 - 0 WSH
06:01WSH Eric Fehr (2) Wrist shot - ASST: Dane Byers (1), Mikhail Grabovski (2) 3 - 0 WSH
19:18WSH PPG - Alex Ovechkin (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Mikhail Grabovski (3), Nicklas Backstrom (1) 4 - 0 WSH
3rd Period
19:46NSH PPG - Gabriel Bourque (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Victor Bartley (1), Craig Smith (1) 4 - 1 WSH
Three Stars of the Game
Eric Fehr
Eric Fehr
G: 2Shots: 2
A: 0Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 14:06
Mikhail Grabovski
Mikhail Grabovski
G: 0Shots: 0
A: 3Hits: 0
PTS: 3PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 15:10
Michal Neuvirth
Michal Neuvirth
SA: 34TOI: 60:00
GA: 1
PIM: 0
SV%: .971
Penalty Summary
1st Period
00:25NSH Rich Clune  Fighting (maj)  - 5 min against  Michael Latta
00:25WSH Michael Latta  Fighting (maj)  - 5 min against  Rich Clune
06:12NSH Kevin Klein  Holding  - 2 min against  Martin Erat
07:16NSH Paul Gaustad  Hooking  - 2 min against  Mikhail Grabovski
13:16WSH Mike Green  Boarding  - 2 min against  Gabriel Bourque
2nd Period
06:34WSH Jay Beagle  Fighting (maj)  - 5 min against  Eric Nystrom
06:34NSH Eric Nystrom  Fighting (maj)  - 5 min against  Jay Beagle
06:34WSH Jay Beagle  Roughing  - 2 min against  Eric Nystrom
06:34NSH Eric Nystrom  Roughing  - 2 min against  Jay Beagle
07:45WSH Martin Erat  Interference  - 2 min against  Rich Clune
09:12NSH Victor Bartley  Holding  - 2 min against  Jack Hillen
12:39NSH Mike Fisher  Fighting (maj)  - 5 min against  Steve Oleksy
12:39WSH Steve Oleksy  Fighting (maj)  - 5 min against  Mike Fisher
19:01NSH Joe Piskula  Hooking  - 2 min against  Jay Beagle
19:41NSH Craig Smith  Hooking  - 2 min against  Aaron Volpatti
3rd Period
18:23WSH Martin Erat  Interference  - 2 min against  Kevin Klein
shots by period
Team Stats
Power Plays1/31/5
Faceoff Wins3029
Blocked Shots1414
Penalty Minutes2723
3S. JonesD00-10024:14
4R. EllisD00-11015:44
8K. KleinD00-13222:00
12M. FisherC0001517:52
13N. SpalingC00-23017:20
15C. SmithR0104214:58
16R. CluneL0000510:48
21S. MoserC0003015:29
24E. NystromL00-14714:43
26M. HendricksL00-14015:19
27P. HornqvistR000308:46
28P. GaustadC00-10214:31
33C. WilsonL0002014:36
41T. BeckL00-22014:50
42M. EkholmD00-10019:36
47J. PiskulaD00-11215:26
57G. BourqueR10-21013:23
64V. BartleyD01-12222:08
30C. Hutton2630.86760:00
39M. Mazanec00.0000:00
4J. ErskineD0010017:48
8A. OvechkinL1117019:50
10M. EratR0002415:50
16E. FehrC2022014:06
19N. BackstromC1112019:25
20T. BrouwerR0002017:24
24A. VolpattiL0003011:17
25J. ChimeraL0000013:57
27K. AlznerD0001019:04
38J. HillenD0023019:33
46M. LattaC0000511:18
50D. ByersL0121012:35
52M. GreenD0001222:51
61S. OleksyD0021518:15
74J. CarlsonD0012017:56
83J. BeagleR0001711:23
84M. GrabovskiC0320015:10
90M. JohanssonL0112016:55
30M. Neuvirth3334.97160:00
31P. Grubauer00.0000:00