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Facts and Figures: Capitals pull off remarkable comeback

Eighth NHL team to rally from down multiple goals in final minute of third period

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Capitals rally late past Sharks

SJS@WSH: Capitals rally late, stun Sharks in overtime

Jakub Vrana and T.J. Oshie scored 32 seconds apart in the final minute of the 3rd, and Lars Eller scored in overtime in the Capitals' 5-4 win

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The Washington Capitals became the eighth NHL team to win after rallying from down multiple goals in the final minute of the third period by defeating the San Jose Sharks 5-4 in overtime at Capital One Arena on Sunday.

Lars Eller's goal at 2:01 of overtime completed the comeback after Jakub Vrana and T.J. Oshie scored 32 seconds apart to tie the game 4-4. Washington (29-9-5) is the first team accomplish the feat since Kris Draper and Nicklas Lidstrom scored two goals in 32 seconds before Pavel Datsyuk's overtime goal gave the Detroit Red Wings a 3-2 victory against the Chicago Blackhawks at United Center on Dec. 23, 2005.

Tweet from @PR_NHL: CORRECTION: The graphic in the original tweet should show the New York Americans as the winning team on Jan. 6, 1927 (corrected in version below).That makes the @Capitals the eighth different team to win after trailing by 2+ goals in the final minute of regulation. #NHLStats pic.twitter.com/jS5xbLNrgL

Blackhawks, Flames, Ducks join comeback parade

The Blackhawks, Calgary Flames and Anaheim Ducks also each rallied to win their respective games Sunday.

Losing 2-0 after the first period, the Blackhawks (19-18-6) scored four unanswered goals to defeat the Red Wings 4-2 at United Center for their fourth victory in five games (4-1-0). Adam Boqvist, a 19-year-old defenseman, scored the game-winner at 8:47 of the third to make Chicago the second team with three such goals by teenagers this season; 18-year-old forward Kirby Dach has scored two. Carolina Hurricanes 19-year-old forward Andrei Svechnikov has three game-winning goals.

Mark Giordano scored his first goal in 26 games with 5:28 remaining in the third period to set the Flames (22-17-5) up for a 5-4 shootout win against the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center. Calgary tied the game four times in regulation before Dillon Dube scored the shootout-deciding goal in the seventh round.

Tweet from @PR_NHL: The @NHLFlames are the fifth team to scoring four game-tying goals in a contest this season. The others: Edmonton (Oct. 5), Nashville (Oct. 10), San Jose (10) and Winnipeg (Dec. 27). #NHLStats pic.twitter.com/aQvKGHybJr

David Rittich made 30 saves for his 53rd win in his 100th NHL game. Two Czech Republic-born goalies won more through their first 100 in the NHL: Roman Turek (58) and Roman Cechmanek (57).

The Ducks (17-20-5), losing 2-1, scored three goals in 4:48 of the second period to take a 4-2 lead and held off the Nashville Predators for a 5-4 shootout win at Honda Center. Ryan Getzlaf had his 33rd NHL game of at least three assists and scored the shootout winner in the fifth round.

Anaheim's 36 shots on goal through two periods was the second-highest total after 40 minutes of a game in Ducks history behind 45 on Oct. 13, 2013.

 

Lightning win seventh straight game

The Tampa Bay Lightning defeated the Hurricanes 3-1 at PNC Arena to extend their winning streak to seven games, tied with the Vancouver Canucks for the longest active run this season. The Lightning have had five winning streaks of at least seven games since 2018-19. Only the Edmonton Oilers (six, 1983-84 and 1984-85) have more in a two-season span.

Tweet from @PR_NHL: The @TBLightning are one of four different teams in NHL history to register at least five seven-game win streaks over a two-season span. #NHLStats pic.twitter.com/mRwrakyG6l

Andrei Vasilevskiy made 28 saves for Tampa Bay (24-13-4). He is 7-0-0 with a 2.00 goals-against average and .934 save percentage against Carolina since Nov. 1, 2015.

The Lightning and Canucks play at Amalie Arena on Tuesday (7 p.m. ET; SUN, SNP, NHL.TV), the second game in NHL history to have two teams with active winning streaks of at least seven games. The Columbus Blue Jackets (14 games) defeated the Wild (12 games) 4-2 in Minnesota on Dec. 31, 2016.

 

Josi keeps going for Predators

Roman Josi stretched his point streak to 10 games for Predators with an assist against the Ducks. He has 18 points (seven goals, 11 assists) during his streak. He passed Shea Weber, who had 13 points (three goals, 10 assists) during a nine-game streak from Dec. 31, 2010 to Jan. 16, 2011, for the longest point streak by a defenseman in Predators history.

Josi's point streak is tied for the fourth-longest by an NHL defenseman since the 1999-00 season (Shayne Gostisbehere of the Philadelphia Flyers had a 15-game streak in 2015-16) and with Boston Bruins forward David Pastrnak for the longest active run this season.

Tweet from @PR_NHL: Roman Josi of the @PredsNHL became the eighth defenseman in the last 20 years to register a point streak of at least 10 games. #NHLStats pic.twitter.com/QWr7vB1TDP

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