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Mitch Korn has turned over daily NHL responsibilities to Scott Murray with little complication.
Ovechkin limped off the ice, but he's expected to be okay.
Forward's status is in question for upcoming road trip.
"They're going to make mistakes. ... I think the young guys are coming along just fine," Coach Barry Trotz said.
In second of back-to-back games, Washington yields a pair of power-play goals and again gives Philipp Grubauer little help.
The 22-year-old Swedish sniper has a tendency to follow droughts with hot streaks.
Washington rallies for 4-3 win as T.J. Oshie, Andre Burakovsky and Jay Beagle also find the net.
Washington's Barry Trotz will also celebrate a milestone Friday night, moving into sixth place for games coached.
The change includes a promotion for Tom Wilson into the top-six forward corps alongside Nicklas Backstrom and T.J. Oshie. "I'll play upside down or I'll play goalie if I play with those guys," Wilson said to Coach Barry Trotz when told of the plan.
Carlson is playing an average of more than 26 minutes per game, the most of his career.