Capitals start fast, beat Predators 5-2

Cullen returns as Predators send Stalberg to Milwaukee, place Clune on waivers (Image 1)
Cullen returns as Predators send Stalberg to Milwaukee, place Clune on waivers (Image 1)

By KEVIN DUNLEAVY
Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) – Braden Holtby made 34 saves and Alex Ovechkin scored the second of three goals by the Washington Capitals in the first 17 minutes of a 5-2 victory over the Predators on Saturday night, extending Nashville's losing streak to five games.

Troy Brouwer, Karl Alzner, Nate Schmidt and Eric Fehr also scored for the Capitals. Ovechkin got his 22nd goal this season and ninth on the power play, both NHL highs. Nicklas Backstrom and Mikhail Grabovski each had two assists.

Roman Josi scored the Predators' first goal at the end of the first period and fed Eric Nystrom for their other one with 16:08 left.

Nashville defenseman Shea Weber, playing for the first time since getting hit in the face by a puck on Nov. 28, also had an assist.

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