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Myers lifts Jets past Capitals in overtime

Defenseman scores at 2:35 after Scheifele ties it shorthanded with 15 seconds left in third

by Scott Billeck / NHL.com Correspondent

WINNIPEG -- Tyler Myers scored 2:35 into overtime, and Mark Scheifele had two goals and one assist to help the Winnipeg Jets to a 4-3 win against the Washington Capitals at Bell MTS Place on Tuesday.

"It feels awesome," Scheifele said. "It just shows that we battled so hard. We battled right to the end, that was top to bottom, first line to fourth line. It was an awesome feeling."

The Capitals led 3-1 with 12:59 remaining in the third period.

 

[WATCH: All Capitals vs. Jets highlights]

 

Bryan Little cut the lead to 3-2 at 11:30, and with the Jets shorthanded and their net empty, Scheifele scored with 15 seconds left to tie the game 3-3.

Scheifele also set up Myers for the game-winner.

"A 3-1 lead and a goal lead with 1:17 on the power play ... we just got a little arrogant, in a way, and tried to make fancy plays. It burned us. We deserved that," Capitals goalie Braden Holtby said.

Connor Hellebuyck made 24 saves for Winnipeg (33-15-9), which is two points behind the Nashville Predators for first place in the Central Division.

"When you take a look at tonight, it's a huge team win," Myers said. "To come from behind like that late and then get the two points in overtime, it was a huge character win for us."

Nicklas Backstrom, Andre Burakovsky and John Carlson scored for the Capitals (32-17-7), who are in first place in the Metropolitan Division, three points ahead of the Pittsburgh Penguins. Holtby made 40 saves.

Scheifele made it 1-0 with his 16th at 14:41 of the first period. It was his first goal in three games since missing 16 with an upper-body injury.

Video: WSH@WPG: Scheifele cleans up in front to take lead

Backstrom tied it 1-1 with 23 seconds remaining, picking up a rebound in front and putting it behind Hellebuyck.

Burakovsky gave the Capitals a 2-1 lead at 11:22 of the second period, converting on a rebound after Lars Eller's shot was saved by Hellebuyck.

Carlson made it 3-1 at 7:01 of the third period.

Video: WSH@WPG: Carlson finishes off pretty passing play

"It's really just a mentality," Capitals forward T.J. Oshie said. "There's no X's and O's, I don't think, that's going to say when you get out on the ice with the lead your mentality has to be [that], no matter what, they're not getting a scoring chance. No matter what, this puck's getting out or this guy's not winning this battle.

"Hard lesson we learned tonight. Hopefully we can learn from it."

 

Goal of the game

Myers' goal at 2:35 of overtime.

Video: WSH@WPG: Myers hammers home the OT winner

 

Save of the game

Hellebuyck's glove save on Nicklas Backstrom 32 seconds into overtime.

Video: WSH@WPG: Hellebuyck flashes the leather on Backstrom

 

Highlight of the game

Scheifele's goal at 19:45 of the third period.

Video: WSH@WPG: Scheifele tallies late game-tying SHG

 

They said it

"Well, you know, it's a hard lesson to learn. I thought in this building, this is a pretty hostile building. For 54 minutes we played a really good road game. Obviously, they scored the second goal and the crowd got into it and we got on our heels a little bit." -- Capitals coach Barry Trotz

 

"I just think that we've got to pump the brakes here a little bit. We're talking Stanley Cup contender, we haven't even made the playoffs. We're building this up a bit bigger than it is. We're just trying to get better every single game. … I think the city, the media, we should all be excited about our team and where we're at right now, but it's going to be tough, we're in a dogfight to make the playoffs right now. At no point should we expect to go out and blow out a team like the Washington Capitals. It was an even-fought hockey game. We were able to gut one out." -- Jets forward Blake Wheeler

 

Need to know

Capitals forward Jay Beagle was injured on a slash from Dustin Byfuglien in the third period. Trotz said he will be re-evaluated on Wednesday. … Jets forward Matt Hendricks left in the second period after getting hit by Capitals defenseman Madison Bowey. … Capitals forward Evgeny Kuznetsov had an assist to push his point streak to eight games (two goals, nine assists).

 

What's next

Capitals: At the Minnesota Wild on Thursday (8 p.m. ET; FS-N, NBCSWA, NHL.TV)

Jets: Host the Colorado Avalanche on Friday (8 p.m. ET; TSN3, ALT, NHL.TV)

Video: Myers nets OT winner to cap dramatic 4-3 victory

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