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Alex Ovechkin gives Capitals overtime win

Scores on power play to defeat Jets, who rallied to tie

by Katie Brown / Correspondent

WASHINGTON -- Alex Ovechkin scored twice, including on the power play at 3:21 of overtime, to give the Washington Capitals a 4-3 win against the Winnipeg Jets at Verizon Center on Thursday.

Nicklas Backstrom and T.J. Oshie scored for the Capitals (7-2-1), who led 3-0 to start the third period, and Braden Holtby made 24 saves.

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the overtime score was Ovechkin's 91st game-winning goal of his career, tying Wayne Gretzky, Mark Recchi and Mike Gartner for 19th place on the NHL's all-time list. His 18 career regular-season overtime goals rank second in League history behind Jaromir Jagr (19).

"Maybe a good thing that we can look at this and we didn't play the way we wanted to but glad we found a way to get a win," Oshie said. "We'll take this as a learning experience and move on and hopefully we can be better from it."

Toby Enstrom, Adam Lowry and Marko Dano scored, and Michael Hutchinson made 28 saves for the Jets (4-6-1).


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Dano tied the game at 3-3 with 8:49 left in the third period after the Capitals failed to clear their zone.

Backstrom gave the Capitals a 1-0 lead at 14:38 of the first period. Ovechkin's shot was blocked, and Backstrom got to the rebound and elevated a no-look backhand behind Hutchinson. It was his first goal since March 28, a 12-game drought.

Video: WPG@WSH: Backstrom scores a slick backhanded goal

Washington has scored first nine times in 10 games.

Oshie made it 2-0 at 1:48 of the second period. He took advantage of Andre Burakovsky's behind-the-net pass and banked a shot off Jets defenseman Ben Chiarot into the net. The goal was Oshie's fourth of the season.

Video: WPG@WSH: Oshie slides puck under Hutchinson's glove

Ovechkin scored at 10:04 of the second for a 3-0 lead. He cleaned up a rebound from defenseman John Carlson's slap shot in front for his fifth goal of the season.

"I thought they were actually outworking us there in the third period," Backstrom said. "They got the puck deep and got it back. Obviously we had some misses in the defensive zone that led to their goals. A little sloppy from our side, but at the same time we're really lucky we got away with two points there."

Enstrom made it 3-1 with his shorthanded goal at 2:11 of the third period. He scored into an open net after Holtby collided with Carlson as he left the net for a poke check. It was the first goal for Enstrom in 22 games, dating to Feb. 25.

Video: WPG@WSH: Enstrom makes a great effort, scores SHG

"They keep fighting back," Jets coach Paul Maurice said. "You've got to give them credit for that. We didn't like our second period for good reason. We really liked our first and then got pretty pumped about the way we played in the third."

Lowry scored at 5:23 of the third to make it 3-2 off a setup from defenseman Dustin Byfuglien.

Goal of the game

Ovechkin scored his second with a one-timer from the left circle that beat Hutchinson glove side.

Video: WPG@WSH: Ovechkin blasts PPG to win game in overtime

Save of the game

Hutchinson made a flashy glove save on Matt Niskanen from the left circle on a Capitals power play in the second period.

Video: WPG@WSH: Hutchinson robs Niskanen with his glove

Highlight of the game

Dano spent the first part of the season with Manitoba in the American Hockey League and made his NHL season debut. His first goal of the season led to overtime.

Video: WPG@WSH: Dano goes top shelf to tie the game

Unsung moment of the game

Dmitry Orlov didn't get a point on the play, but Ovechkin wouldn't have scored his first goal without the defenseman's keep-in on a failed Jets clear. Orlov passed to Backstrom, who sent it to Carlson. Ovechkin scored on the rebound of Carlson's shot.

Video: WPG@WSH: Ovechkin backhands the rebound to score

They said it

"I was trying to play just the best game I could. We were as a fourth line just going there and trying to make things happen. I think we got the job done. We played well as a line. We got a couple guys down injured, so coach was mixing it up a little bit. I got lucky on that one. I was trying to just go to the net and the guys did a good job behind the net and the puck came to me, so I just tried to whip it upstairs and luckily it went in. But I would take the two points for the team [instead]." -- Dano on his first goal of the season


"I think every game is a learning thing for us. ... Obviously it's not the way we want to play, but at the same time we got our two points and now we look forward." -- Capitals forward Nicklas Backstrom

Need to know

Jets forwards Mathieu Perreault and Joel Armia were injured in the third period. Maurice didn't have an update on either after the game.

"We'll know tomorrow," Maurice said. "We're going to have to make a decision here about bringing some people in."

What's next

Jets: At the Detroit Red Wings on Friday (7:30 p.m. ET; NHLN, TVA Sports, TSN3, FS-D, NHL. TV)

Capitals: Host the Florida Panthers on Saturday (7 p.m. ET; FS-F, CSN-DC, NHL. TV)

Video: Ovechkin carries the Capitals to a 4-3 OT victory

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