Kuznetsov, Orlov lead Capitals over Jets 5-3

WASHINGTON (AP) — Evgeny Kuznetsov had one goal and two assists and Dmitry Orlov broke a tie late in the second period to lift the Washington Capitals over the Winnipeg Jets 5-3 Wednesday night for their third straight win.

Orlov's third-period goal Monday night gave the Capitals a 1-0 victory over Edmonton. In this game, his slap shot with 3:38 left in the second period beat Winnipeg goalie Michael Hutchinson and snapped a 3-3 tie.

Kuznetsov earned the lead assist on that play and added an insurance goal in the third period.

Washington has won eight of its last nine games versus Winnipeg.

Orlov now has scored goals in three straight games after going without one in his first 18 contests. Both of his tie-breaking goals in the last two games came on left-handed slap-shots.

Justin Williams, Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom also scored for Washington.

Tyler Myers, Andrew Ladd and Mathieu Perreault scored for Winnipeg.

John Carlson added two assists for the Capitals in his third multi-assist game this season.

The Capitals created a number of scoring chances in the first period and held a 15-6 edge in shots but the game was tied at 2 after one period.

Williams scored just 1:12 into the game for a 1-0 Washington lead. Myers and Ladd answered with consecutive Winnipeg goals before Ovechkin tied it on a power play with 1:14 left.

Backstrom and Mathieu then traded second-period goals. Perreault, a former Capital, tied the game for Winnipeg at 3-3 on the power play thanks to Blake Wheeler's screen of goalie Braden Holtby (23 saves).

NOTES: Williams now has four goals in his last seven games after scoring just two in the first 14. ... Washington LW Andre Burakovsky returned to the lineup after coach Barry Trotz scratched him the past two games. Burakovsky had two goals and four assists in his first 18 games. ... Myers' goal was the 50th of his NHL career. ... This was the only time that Winnipeg will play in Washington this season.

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