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Orlov, Capitals complete comeback against Lightning in OT

Scores with 1:57 remaining after Washington trailed by two in third; Kucherov has three assists

by Harvey Valentine / NHL.com Independent Correspondent

Orlov's OT winner

TBL@WSH: Orlov wins it in OT for Capitals

Dmitry Orlov snaps the puck past the blocker of Andrei Vasilevskiy to give the Capitals an overtime win

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WASHINGTON -- Dmitry Orlov scored with 1:57 remaining in overtime, and the Washington Capitals rallied to defeat the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-3 at Capital One Arena on Friday.

Orlov took a pass from Evgeny Kuznetsov and beat goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy with a wrist shot from the left face-off circle.

"I looked for the pass first," Orlov said. "I saw [Tom Wilson] going for the far post. [I decided to] shoot. I think Vasilevskiy may have been cheating a little bit on that shot, and that is why I think he gave up a goal to me."

 

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Jakub Vrana had a goal and an assist for Washington (18-4-5), which has won two straight and is 15-2-3 in its past 20 games. T.J. Oshie had three assists, and Braden Holtby made 27 saves.

Brayden Point had a goal and an assist for Tampa Bay (12-8-3), which has lost two in a row. Nikita Kucherov had three assists, and Vasilevskiy made 31 saves.

"It's just self-inflicted wounds," Lightning coach Jon Cooper said. "We had our chances. But you can't sit here and say, 'We had really good chances and didn't bury them.' It's just you've got to do a better job of keeping the puck out of the net, and in the third we didn't."

Alex Ovechkin tied the game 3-3 with a power-play goal at 11:36 of the third period.

Washington was 2-for-2 on the power play. Tampa Bay was 1-for-4.

Video: TBL@WSH: Ovechkin ties Selanne on NHL's PPGs list

"The power play got us going. Penalty kill got us going," Oshie said. "Everybody was chipping in tonight."

Vrana pulled Washington within 3-2 at 3:45 of the third period with a one-timer from the bottom of the right circle off a feed from Oshie.

"Managing the puck and playing their zone, that was the first step," Vrana said. "That is what we did. We created a lot of chances, plus we got on board on the [power play] too, which was important."

Video: TBL@WSH: Vrana scores to trim deficit in 3rd

The Lightning took a 1-0 lead at 18:50 of the first period when Point scored a power-play goal on a one-timer from the slot off a pass from Kucherov. It was his 100th NHL goal.

"Teams are playing tight on [Steven Stamkos]," Point said of the forward, who returned after missing three games with a lower-body injury. "He's been hot. They respect him a lot, and sometimes that leaves me open, and it was a great pass by [Kucherov]."

Mikhail Sergachev made it 2-0 when he followed up his own shot and reached behind Holtby to knock the puck in at 4:28 of the second period.

Video: TBL@WSH: Sergachev taps puck across goal line

Kuznetsov scored a power-play goal at 5:17 of the second to make it 2-1. He drove to the left post and tipped in a pass from Oshie for his 11th goal. Kuznetsov has 16 points (six goals, 10 assists) in his past 12 games.

Alex Killorn gave the Lightning a 3-1 lead when he beat Holtby with a wrist shot from the right circle at 18:48 of the second.

"I thought we were playing good," Point said. "We had a two-goal lead going into the third, we were playing it safe and they score one early. They got some momentum, they got their legs back it seemed."

Video: TBL@WSH: Killorn buries shot from face-off dot

 

They said it

"It was execution and I thought that our last 40 minutes were pretty good. A couple mistakes ended up in the net. We did a lot of good things again. It's just when we break down, the puck is finding a way to end up in the net. Guys are gaming it out. It's just unfortunate because felt we could have got two (points) tonight." -- Lightning coach Jon Cooper

"It's looking more and more like that's our identity here, is our ability to stay composed and not panic, and even get better through adversity. We did it again and it's one of those things that's great to have right now and we want to make sure we keep it that way." -- Capitals goalie Braden Holtby

Video: Orlov nets the EA OT Game-Winner on Friday

 

Need to know

Ovechkin scored his 255th power-play goal, tying him with Teemu Selanne for third place on the NHL all-time list. ... Lightning defenseman Braydon Coburn left the game in the first period because of a lower-body injury. Cooper did not have an update after the game. ... Tampa Bay defenseman Erik Cernak missed the second of two games after being suspended for a hit on Buffalo Sabres defenseman Rasmus Dahlin in a 5-2 win Monday. …. Capitals forward Nicklas Backstrom, who has missed four games because of a lower-body injury, could return Saturday against the Detroit Red Wings. ... Washington forward Garnet Hathaway returned after serving a three-game suspension for a spitting incident involving Anaheim Ducks defenseman Erik Gudbranson on Nov. 18. ... Kucherov has 16 points (five goals, 11 assists) in his past nine games.

 

What's next

Lightning: Host the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday (7 p.m. ET; SUN, FS-CR, NHL.TV)

Capitals: At the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday (7 p.m. ET: NHLN, FS-D, NBCSWA, NHL.TV)

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