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Capitals extend point streak to 13 games

Jay Beagle scores 19 seconds into overtime to defeat Stars

by Sean Shapiro / NHL.com Correspondent

DALLAS -- Jay Beagle scored 19 seconds into overtime, and the Washington Capitals extended their point streak to 13 games with a 4-3 win against the Dallas Stars at American Airlines Center on Saturday.

Beagle won the faceoff to start overtime and then drove hard to the net to finish a pass from Evgeny Kuznetsov.

"You go to the dirty area, he'll get you the puck," Beagle said.

The Stars planned on having Radek Faksa take the overtime faceoff, but he was unavailable because of a lower-body injury.

 

WATCH: All Capitals vs. Stars highlights

 

"Faksa had the best (faceoff percentage), but he wasn't available, he had gone back to the dressing room," Stars coach Lindy Ruff said. "So we went with [Jason] Spezza and two defensemen in case we lost the draw. And our defense got outmuscled, just straight out outmuscled."

Washington (31-9-6) is 11-0-2 during its streak and won in Dallas for the first time since Oct. 25, 2008.

"We talked about checking it off the list," Capitals coach Barry Trotz said of winning here. "That's something that this organization, this team, needed, to come in here and win a game. We hadn't done that for a long time. Check it off. We got it done."

Video: WSH@DAL: Oshie tips home Niskanen's slapper for PPG

The Capitals scored two power-play goals to tie the game after Dallas led 3-1 in the third period.

"It was obviously huge. Our power play got some chances and got two big goals," Beagle said. "It was just never a doubt. We're playing good right now, we're playing confident, and we came into here in the second intermission and we said we're taking this game over and we're going to win. So that's the kind of confidence you've got to play with."

Washington tied the game 3-3 at 5:26 when T.J. Oshie tipped Matt Niskanen's point shot past Kari Lehtonen. Alex Ovechkin made it 3-2 at 3:18 on a slap shot from the top the right circle.

Andre Burakovsky gave Washington a 1-0 lead 2:17 into the first period. Lehtonen made the first save, and the puck sat outside the crease before Stars right wing Brett Ritchie hit the puck right to Burakovsky.

Video: WSH@DAL: Burakovsky snaps in a wrister from the slot

The Stars tied the game 1-1 at 6:26 of the first period on a deflection by Adam Cracknell. Jordie Benn took the shot, and the puck bounced out of the net immediately, but a review confirmed the goal.

Dallas took a 2-1 lead at 6:47 of the second period when Patrick Eaves scored his Stars-leading 17th goal on a rebound.

The Stars pushed their lead to 3-1 at 15:59 of the second when Jamie Benn scored on the power play. The goal was waved off for goalie interference, but the Stars challenged the play and Benn was awarded his 12th.

Video: WSH@DAL: Benn slides rebound home from side of net

 
Goal of the game

Beagle's goal was his 10th of the season.

Video: WSH@DAL: Beagle finishes Kuznetsov's slick feed in OT

 
Save of the game

Capitals goalie Philipp Grubauer made a blocker save on Tyler Seguin on the power play at 9:31 of the third period when it was 3-3.

Video: WSH@DAL: Grubauer robs Seguin with sensational save

 
Highlight of the game

Ovechkin's goal started the Capitals comeback.

Video: WSH@DAL: Ovechkin scorches a one-timer for PPG

 
Unsung performance of the game

Niskanen celebrated his 700th NHL game with three assists.

 
They said it

"Emptied the tank and disappointing loss. It was a heck of a hockey game from the standpoint of physicality, trying to, you know, play in the offensive zone. I think that first power play was just one that was a tough one. It just got through our goaltender and that gave them a little bit of life." -- Stars coach Lindy Ruff

 

"Really, I thought our bottom six really carried us in the first half of the game. Second half of the game, our top six took over in the special teams and what have you. That line is really producing. They make it really convenient for me at times that I can get away from matchups on the road with the Beagle line, the [Lars] Eller line. What it does is also drive the other guys." -- Capitals coach Barry Trotz on balance in the lineup

 
Need to know

Stars forward Jamie Benn broke his nose on a high stick by Dmitry Orlov in the second period and returned in the third period wearing a visor. … Capitals defenseman John Carlson missed his third consecutive game with a lower-body injury.

 
What's next

Capitals: Host the Carolina Hurricanes on Monday (7 p.m. ET; CSN-DC, FS-CR, NHL.TV)

Stars: Host the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday (8:30 p.m. ET; FS-SW, FS-N, FS-WI, NHL.TV)

 

Video: Beagle, Grubauer power the Caps past the Stars in OT

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