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Brouwer scored on a power play in the final seconds of the first period for the Caps, getting his third goal in two games off another rebound.

Anaheim generated nothing from a two-man advantage for 1:51 early in the second period, adding to the power-play woes of an otherwise powerful offensive club. The Ducks entered the game in a 2-for-42 slump in their previous 13 games, and they went scoreless in their first four chances against Washington.

“At the end, it came down to the fact that our special teams weren’t special,” Lovejoy said.

Perreault, the former Capitals center, put a wrist shot past Halak, who was thoroughly screened by Patrick Maroon, to tie it right after a power play expired early in the third period.

But just 1:12 later, Nicklas Backstrom won a faceoff and John Carlson got the puck to Ovechkin, who put a typically vicious one-timer past Hiller.

Stephane Robidas played more than 13 minutes in his debut for the Ducks, who acquired the veteran defenseman from Dallas two weeks ago for the playoff push. Robidas filled in for Cam Fowler, who missed his second straight game with a lower-body injury.

“It wasn’t my best, but the first one is out of the way now,” Robidas said.