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The final period started well for Washington initially, with Grabovski beating Luongo glove side at 1:52 to give the Capitals their first lead at 2-1, but Kesler tied it up again with his eighth of the season by slapping a puck past Neuvirth just 61 seconds later.

Daniel Sedin then scored his fourth of the season as Vancouver finished the night with a 41-19 edge in shots.

“They stayed in the game and they got that second goal and it’s tough to come back from those, but we were able to score two pretty quick ones,” Henrik Sedin said.

“First game back after a long road trip, we got a good start. They took over a little bit late in the first, but after that I thought we should have won this maybe a little bit more comfortably.”

Tied 1-1 after the first period, Vancouver outshot Washington 16-3 in the second, but couldn’t find a way past Neuvirth.

Canucks defenseman Jason Garrison walked into a one-timer on a power play early in the period that Neuvirth handled. Ovechkin then hit the post behind Luongo off the rush on a Washington man advantage.

The Canucks opened the scoring at 11:31 of the first period on Kassian’s second goal of the season. The big forward moved down the right wing and snapped a shot past Neuvirth on the short side.

Washington tied the score just over three minutes at 14:36 later when Mike Green’s shot from the point found Chimera’s stick at the edge of the crease. Chimera, who has goals in three straight games, started the sequence with a big hit in the Vancouver zone.

Ovechkin was awarded his penalty shot at 1:19 of the period when he was pulled down on a partial breakaway.

Tied for the NHL lead in goals with 10, Ovechkin got Luongo moving with his first fake, but was unable to finish.

“If he scores on a penalty shot it’s a whole different feeling for a player of that caliber,” Capitals coach Adam Oates said. “He had a couple chances. We have to figure out a way to get more.”

Canucks forward Alex Burrows returned to the lineup after breaking a bone in his right foot in the season opener.

Although Burrows was back healthy, Vancouver has other injuries. Tortorella will be without David Booth for about two weeks, while fellow forwards Jannik Hansen and Dale Weise are each expected to miss 3 to 4 weeks.

Also on the injury front, Canucks forward Jordan Schroeder, who hurt his left foot blocking a shot in the preseason, will require surgery to insert a pin in his ankle.

Tortorella said he expects the second-year man to be out for two months.

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