Michal Kempny and Alex Ovechkin scored 1:56 apart in the third period, helping the Washington Capitals beat the Detroit Red Wings 3-1 on Friday for their season-high fourth consecutive victory.

Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin, left, of Russia, celebrates his goal with right wing Tom Wilson (43) as Detroit Red Wings center Michael Rasmussen (27) skates by during the third period of an NHL hockey game Friday, Nov. 23, 2018, in Washington. The Capitals won 3-1. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin, left, of Russia, celebrates his goal with right wing Tom Wilson (43) as Detroit Red Wings center Michael Rasmussen (27) skates by during the third period of an NHL hockey game Friday, Nov. 23, 2018, in Washington. The Capitals won 3-1. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Kempny snapped a 1-1 tie with a slap shot at 6:38, and Ovechkin extended the lead to 3-1 with his 16th of the season.

Washington Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby (70) stands as the ice sprays in front of him next to Detroit Red Wings center Frans Nielsen (51), of Denmark, during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Friday, Nov. 23, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
Washington Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby (70) stands as the ice sprays in front of him next to Detroit Red Wings center Frans Nielsen (51), of Denmark, during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Friday, Nov. 23, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Kempny had not scored this season until Washington’s previous game, a 4-2 victory over Chicago on Wednesday. Ovechkin and Tom Wilson each finished with a goal and an assist against Detroit.

Detroit Red Wings goaltender Jonathan Bernier watches the puck during the third period of the team's NHL hockey game against the Washington Capitals, Friday, Nov. 23, 2018, in Washington. The Capitals won 3-1. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
Detroit Red Wings goaltender Jonathan Bernier watches the puck during the third period of the team’s NHL hockey game against the Washington Capitals, Friday, Nov. 23, 2018, in Washington. The Capitals won 3-1. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

The Red Wings were 9-2 in their last 11 games before the trip to Washington.

Source: The Associated Press

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