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Ovechkin lifts Capitals over Flyers in OT

Ovechkin lifts Capitals over Flyers in OT

Ovechkin lifts Capitals over Flyers in OT

WASHINGTON — Alex Ovechkin scored 1:04 into overtime, and the Washington Capitals handed the Philadelphia Flyers their eighth straight loss with a 3-2 victory at Capital One Arena on Wednesday.

Ovechkin scored on a layup from the left faceoff circle off a pass from Dylan Strome.

“Great pass, obviously,” Ovechkin said. “I just have to hit the net.”

Video: [email protected]: Ovechkin fires in pass for OT win

Marcus Johansson i Sonny Milano scored for the Capitals (8-10-3), who had lost four straight (0-3-1). Ovechkin made an assist, and TJ Oshie had two assists in his return after missing 11 games with a lower-body injury.

Darcy Kuemper made 21 saves for Washington, which trailed 2-1 late in the third period.

“It hasn’t gone our way and we’ve got to start digging in,” Capitals coach Peter Laviolette said. “It was a gutsy win, just hanging in there. It was one of those games where you just can’t seem to find the next one. You’re pushing, you’re pushing, and I thought the guys just stuck with it. That. “

Morgan Frost i Patrick Brown scored for the Flyers (7-8-5), who are 0-5-3 during their skid. Felix Sandstrom made 29 saves.

“It’s definitely frustrating,” Frost said. “We’ve got to learn how to close out a game. It’s obviously huge. We thought we played a pretty solid game and then we give it away at the end. So it’s tough.”

Milano tied the game at 2-2 at the left post with 2:58 left in the third when he converted a pass through the slot from Yevgeny Kuznetsov in a hurry

“Saw ‘Kuzy’ had a lot of space and I just tried to match his speed,” Milano said. “I got to the back door and he threw it in there and went in.”

Video: [email protected]: Milano deflects a pass to tie the game

Philadelphia coach John Tortorella said, “The frustrating part for me is the second goal. It’s a coverage we’ve run over and over again and we just don’t do it right. It cost us the second goal.”

Frost gave the Flyers a 1-0 lead at 5:27 of the first period when his running wrist shot bounced off Kuemper’s blocker, over the goalie and into the net.

Johansson had a goal disallowed on the power play at 10:43 after a Flyers coach’s challenge when Johansson was ruled to have put the puck on net.

Johansson tied it 1-1 at 11:05 on the same power play. Ovechkin’s shot off a rebound went between Sandstrom’s pads and deflected off Johansson’s stick into the net.

“It was a little messy there on the first PK,” Sandstrom said. “I was almost too aggressive, so it slipped under my pad. It’s tough, but I think it got me into the game and I got better.”

Brown gave Philadelphia a 2-1 lead at 14:33 of the second period when Ivan ProvorovThe backhand spin from the bottom of the right circle deflected off Brown’s skate.

NOTES: Ovechkin scored 164th goalie, tying Mark Messier for third most in NHL history behind Jaromir Jagr (178) and Patrick Marleau (177). With 790 goals, he is 11 away from tying Gordie Howe for second on the NHL’s list. … The Flyers were 0-for-4 on the power play and are 2-for-26 (7.7 percent) over the last eight games. … Philadelphia forward Kevin Hayes ended his season-high six point streak.





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