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Ovechkin sets OT record with goal that lifts Capitals past Red Wings

Forward draws penalty, then scores on power play

by Dave Hogg / Correspondent

DETROIT -- Alex Ovechkin scored a record-setting overtime goal to give the Washington Capitals a 4-3 win against the Detroit Red Wings at Little Caesars Arena on Friday.

Ovechkin drew a tripping penalty on Trevor Daley to set up the 4-on-3 power play and then beat Petr Mrazek with a one-timer at 1:56. It was his 20th overtime goal, breaking a tie with Jaromir Jagr of the Calgary Flames for most in NHL history.

"I had some chances, especially in the second period, but I either missed the net or he made some nice saves," Ovechkin said. "It was great to get that last one."


WATCH: All Capitals vs. Red Wings highlights


The Capitals were on the verge of a third straight loss, but T.J. Oshie scored a power-play goal to make it 3-3 with 1:01 left in the third period.

"Most of the guys on the ice were at the end of a long shift, but I had just jumped on so I had all kinds of energy," Oshie said. "I thought [Andre Burakovsky] was going to shoot, but he made an unbelievable pass to get me the puck."

Tomas Tatar gave Detroit a 3-2 lead with a power-play goal at 12:45 of the third, one-timing Henrik Zetterberg's pass past Braden Holtby's blocker for his second of the game.

"I would have liked to have that one back," Holtby said. "I put us in a hole there, but the guys bailed me out."

Video: WSH@DET: Zetterberg feeds Tatar for one-time PPG

Three of Washington's goals came on special teams: two on the power play and one shorthanded.

"That's the difference in the game," Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill said. "Both teams scored a shorty, but we had one on the power play and they had two."

Darren Helm scored, and Mrazek made 37 saves for Detroit (4-3-1), which has lost three in a row.

"Obviously, it disappointing to be up that late in the game and not win," Tatar said. "We felt that was a game where we were going to get two points."

Burakovsky and Jay Beagle scored for Washington (4-3-1). Holtby made 34 saves.

Darren Helm made it 1-0 with a shorthanded goal at 4:31 of the second period. He intercepted Ovechkin's pass, accelerated past him on his way out of the zone and beat Holtby for his first goal of the season.

Burakovsky, who was dropped to the third line for the game, tied it 1-1 with 50 seconds left in the second, beating Mrazek with a wrist shot from the top of the face-off circle for his first goal of the season.

Video: WSH@DET: Burakovsky wires a wrister top shelf

"That's big for a young guy like Andre," Capitals coach Barry Trotz said. "Once he gets some confidence, he's going to be a really good player for us, and tonight will help with that."

It was Washington's first goal in 108:24, including a 2-0 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday.

"We weren't worried about how long it had been," Ovechkin said. "We were getting chances. We just needed to put some away."

Jay Beagle gave the Capitals a 2-1 lead at 1:25 of the third period with a shorthanded goal, beating Mrazek on a breakaway for his first of the season.

Tatar tied it 2-2 at 5:24, tipping Dylan Larkin's pass over Holtby's shoulder for his second goal of the season.


Goal of the game

Ovechkin took Nicklas Backstrom's cross-ice pass and slapped it past Mrazek's catching glove for his NHL-leading 10th of the season.

Video: WSH@DET: Ovechkin rifles in PPG to give Caps OT win


Save of the game

Helm had a great scoring chance early in the second period from the bottom of the face-off circle, but Holtby knocked it away with his right pad.

Video: WSH@DET: Holtby stuffs Helm's shot in front


Highlight of the game

With the Red Wings down 2-1, Tatar was at the bottom of the left face-off circle when he flicked Larkin's pass at a 90-degree angle past Holtby and inside the far post.

Video: WSH@DET: Tatar ties game with impressive redirection


They said it

"If you give Alex enough chances, he's going to put one in the net. That's why he's got a bazillion goals in this league." -- Capitals coach Barry Trotz

"We did a lot of good things again. We've lost three straight, but we can't say we're playing badly." -- Red Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg


Need to know

Trotz coached his 1,450th NHL game to pass Dick Irvin for sixth most. Trotz is 717-545-128 with 60 ties for the Capitals and Nashville Predators. … Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall played his 800th NHL game, all for Detroit. … It was the first overtime game at Little Caesars Arena.


What's next

Capitals: Host the Florida Panthers on Saturday (7:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, NBCSWA, NHL.TV)

Red Wings: Host the Vancouver Canucks on Sunday (7 p.m. ET; SN360, SN1, TVA Sports, FS-D, NHL.TV)

Video: Ovechkin's OT winner powers Caps past Wings, 4-3 

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