160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “Nothing against this team, but that’s the (kind of) teams we have to beat for sure, to make that push,” said Zubrus, who has 19 goals. Zubrus got his chance after Alexander Semin’s shot trickled past Mathieu Garon and off the right post. It capped a rough night for Garon in his first game in nearly a month. Anze Kopitar, Alexander Frolov and Lubomir Visnovsky scored for the Kings, who lost to the Capitals on the road for the first time in nearly nine years. They had gone 4-0 with one tie at the Verizon Center since a April 4, 1998, loss. Kings rookie Kopitar scored the only goal of the first period. But Garon, returning from a broken finger and giving 40-year-old Sean Burke a night off, allowed three goals in the second period. He whiffed glove-side on Boyd Gordon’s short-handed shot from the blue line, was slow to react on a wraparound by Ben Clymer and let a close-in shot from Chris Clark trickle over the goal line. “They got a couple of easy goals that you don’t like to see happen, and they happened tonight,” Kings coach Marc Crawford said. The Kings kept pace with a redirect from Frolov, his 29th goal of the season, and a one-timer from Visnovsky. Michael Cammalleri, who missed Tuesday’s shootout loss at Tampa Bay with a muscle strain, assisted on both goals. WASHINGTON – A game of inches? How about a game of just one inch? That was about the distance of the winning shot for the Washington Capitals on Thursday night. Dainius Zubrus got his stick on a puck that lay tantalizingly close to the goal line, poking in a rebound 2:28 into overtime in a 4-3 victory over the Kings. That made the razor-thin difference between the struggling clubs.
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