WASHINGTON– Alex Ovechkin scored his 796th NHL goal to help the Washington Capitals defeat the Seattle Kraken 4-1 at Capital One Arena on Friday.
His empty-net goal closed the scoring with four seconds left in the third period and moved it within five of Gordie Howe, who is second on the NHL goals list with 801. Wayne Gretzky is first with 894.
Ovechkin has three empty-netter goals in his last two games and 52 in his NHL career, trailing only Gretzky (56).
“I think we’re all a bit surprised he didn’t have  in his career,” the Capitals forward Lars Eller said. “It felt like he had more. Scorers score goals in so many ways, and you have to be in the right place at the right time. So happy for him.”
Video: SEA@WSH: Ovechkin scores with 4 seconds left
Or, Antoine Mantha and Marcus Johansson marked, and Charlie Lindgren made 25 saves, including 14 in the third period, for the Capitals (13-12-4), which won three in a row for the first time this season.
“It looks like we’ve played three straight games with incredible hockey,” Lindgren said. “Honestly, I think it’s been fun playing goal for this team all year, but especially the last games we’ve just played are amazing. I can’t be complacent, we have to keep working .”
Adam Larson scored for the Kraken (15-8-3), who have lost three in a row after a seven-game winning streak. Philippe Grubauer made 34 saves.
“I think we had a good time,” Grubauer said. “I think we have to go back to playing 60 minutes as we can and make sure we put the teams on their heels and play our way.”
Video: SEA@WSH: Larsson scores the first goal of the evening
Larsson gave the Kraken a 1-0 lead at 17:51 of the first period. morgan geek won a face-off in the offensive zone, and Karson Kuhlman pushed the puck to Larsson, who scored from the left point on a high wrist shot through a screen.
Mantha tied the game 1-1 at 5:20 of the second period, scoring on a scramble in front after Grubauer made a save on matt irvin.
Seattle Defender Jamie Oleksiak received a match penalty for an illegal check on the head of the Washington defender Alexander Alexeyev at 9:48 a.m. Alexeyev left the game with an upper body injury and there were no updates on his condition after the game.
During the ensuing five-minute power play, Johansson gave the Capitals a 2-1 lead at 1:15, taking a backhand pass from sonny milano on the rush and scoring from the front with a shot that deflected off Grubauer’s glove.
“It was a great game from Sonny,” Johansson said. “I think when we got to the area he and I were a bit surprised there was only one guy left, and [Milano] made a great game, so good to see one play.”
Video: SEA@WSH: Johansson gets the rebound in his favor
Grubauer made three saves in three seconds, all from close range, against Erik Gustafsson, Dylan Strom and Conor Sheary starting at 5:24 of the third to keep the score 2-1.
“He was solid,” Kraken coach Dave Hakstol said. “He gave us some big saves. Their opportunities in the first and third came on a few flurries.”
Eller scored into an empty net to make it 3-1 at 18:54 of the third.
“I thought the start was here today,” Larsson said. “We had a really good first half and they were better in the second. The third was pretty even and it’s a 2-1 game [with] three minutes remaining, four minutes remaining. The game was there for us.”
REMARKS: The Kraken have gone 0 for 2 on the power play and 0 for 7 in their last three games. … It was Seattle’s second regulation road loss this season (8-2-1). … Alexeyev got the secondary assist on Mantha’s goal for his first NHL point in his sixth game. … Ovechkin has 15 points (eight goals, seven assists) in his last 11 games. … The Capitals are 7-1-2 against Pacific Division opponents this season.