November 03, 2014

Justin Williams joked that he should be up for the Selke Trophy for going offsides and preventing teammate Alex Ovechkin from becoming the NHL leader in goals among Russian-born players.

The Calgary Flames might have to hope similar situations arise Friday night given their struggles keeping the puck out of the net.

Ovechkin gets his third crack at the record as Washington faces a Calgary team looking to avoid a fourth straight road loss.

A replay review nullified Ovechkin's goal late in the second period of Thursday's 5-2 victory at Philadelphia that would've pushed the three-time Hart Trophy winner ahead of Sergei Fedorov with 484.

Williams had a goal and an assist to make up for it, and Jason Chimera scored twice and added an assist. Ovechkin now gets a chance to set the record at home.

''(Williams) owes me dinner,'' Ovechkin joked. ''No, it's not his fault. He was a player of the game. It would be nice to do it in front of our fans."

The Capitals (11-4-0) have won six of eight at home and have yet to lose consecutive games this season, responding with Thursday's win after falling 1-0 at Detroit on Tuesday. Coach Barry Trotz said his club has come out stronger following losses and has made a point to put those setbacks in the past quickly.

''You've got to understand that you can't accept losing,'' Trotz said. ''Put the last one behind you and get really committed. I think we had a lot more conviction in our game (Thursday) and probably more than the last three or four. It showed. I think guys enjoy playing that way.''

Washington certainly had some fun dominating Calgary (5-11-1) in the first meeting Oct. 20. Ovechkin had a goal and an assist, Nicklas Backstrom scored twice and Evgeny Kuznetsov had a career high-tying three assists in a 6-2 victory.

Allowing big offensive performances has become a trend for the Flames, who have surrendered a league-high 65 goals. They fell 3-1 to Tampa Bay on Thursday and have dropped the first two of their four-game road trip.

Sam Bennett tied the game in the second before Calgary allowed a pair of goals in the third. It has been outscored 52-23 in the second and third periods on the season.

"We have a long trip to Washington and a big game tomorrow night, so we have to roll up our sleeves," coach Bob Hartley said. "It's a big test of character and I think we'll be ready. In our situation right now, we have to battle."

Hartley expressed his confidence in Karri Ramo prior to and after Thursday's contest, but Ramo fell to 3-6-0 with a 3.54 goals-against average for one of the league's worst marks.

Jonas Hiller is still about a week away from returning from a lower-body injury. Hartley said he hasn't decided who will start this contest, but Joni Ortio, who is 0-2-1 with a 4.27 GAA, could get his first start since losing 6-2 to Montreal on Oct. 30.

Braden Holtby made 18 saves Thursday for Washington and has allowed two goals or fewer in 10 of his last 11, going 8-3-0 with a 1.82 GAA in that stretch. Trotz said he hasn't decided if Holtby or Philipp Grubauer will get the nod in this one.

Defenseman Brooks Orpik sat out against the Flyers with a minor injury, but Trotz said he could be ready to play against Calgary.

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