Ovechkin is shut down in 3-2 loss in Vancouver

December 20, 2009|By Sports Digest

Mason Raymond tied the game with a nifty move late in the second period and then patiently lifted in the winner on a power play with 6:04 left, lifting the host Vancouver Canucks to a 3-2 victory over the Washington Capitals on Friday night. "We stayed with it and got some big goals there by Raymond," said Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo, who struggled on first-period goals by Alexander Semin and Chris Clark, but stopped Semin on a penalty shot with 5:45 left among his 25 saves. Ryan Kesler had a goal and an assist playing with Raymond. But more impressive was the job their line did against Capitals star Alex Ovechkin, who received all the hype coming into Vancouver for just the second time in a five-year career that has produced two league Most Valuable Player awards. With lots of help from the defensive pair of Sami Salo and Willie Mitchell, the Canucks held the Russian star without a shot through two periods and without a point for only the sixth time all season.

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