The Washington Capitals defeated the Winnipeg Jets 4-3 in overtime Thursday to win their fourth straight game.
Washington forward Alex Ovechkin scored the game-winning goal 3:21 into overtime while the Capitals were on power play. Defenseman John Carlson and forward Nicklas Backstrom earned the assists on the play.
Ovechkin’s goal was his 18th career game-winning score. He scored twice on the night, giving him his 109th career multiple-goal game.
With the win, the Capitals defeated the Jets for the second time in two days.
Washington entered the third period with a 3-0 lead. Winnipeg overcame the deficit with three goals in nine minutes.
“We haven’t quit once this year,” Jets forward Blake Wheeler said, per ESPN. “Everyone had a hand in that in the third period.”
Defenseman Toby Enstrom scored the first of the Jets’ goals 2:11 into the third. Enstrom struck when Capitals goalie Braden Holtby attempted to field an errant puck. Holtby then collided with Carlson, leaving the goal open for the score.
Enstrom scored while the Jets were shorthanded. The score was Winnipeg’s second shorthanded goal of the season.
Jets forward Adam Lowry followed three minutes later with his second goal of the year. Defenseman Dustin Byfuglien gave the assist.
Winnipeg forward Marko Dano completed the comeback with his first goal of the season. Center Andrew Copp and forward Brandon Tanev fished the puck out from boards for the assists.
“I think we stopped playing,” Ovechkin said, according to ESPN. “We [were] too casual, and it almost cost us the game.”
Backstrom scored his first goal of the season 14:38 into the first period, giving Washington a 1-0 lead. Assists by Ovechkin and forward Justin Williams complemented his backhander.
Oshie’s fourth goal of the year increased the Capitals lead to 2-0 in the second. Andre Burakovsky fed the puck to Oshie for his third assist.
Ovechkin followed suit halfway through the second with his first goal of the game. Carlson and Backstrom gave the assists.
Power Play Struggles
Although Ovechkin scored the game-winning goal while on power play, the Capitals continued their difficulties with the man advantage. Washington went one for five in powerplays Thursday. They have scored in 16 percent of power plays on the season.
“We were let down we didn’t play the way we wanted to,” Oshie said, per Comcast Sports Network.
The Capitals improved to 7-2-1 and moved into second place in the Metropolitan Division. The Jets fell to 4-6-1 and jumped to fourth place in the Central Division.
A Look Ahead
Washington continues their home stand Saturday evening against the Florida Panthers. Winnipeg travels to Detroit to face the Red Wings Friday night.
“We will take this as a learning experience,” Capitals forward T.J. Oshie said to Comcast Sports Network.