Detroit Red Wings center Gustav Nyquist (14) celebrates with Red Wings left wing Henrik Zetterberg (40) after scoring a goal against the Washington Capitals in the second period at Verizon Center. (Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports)
Washington, DC (SportsNetwork.com) - Alex Ovechkin scored a power-play goal
2:37 into overtime to lift the Washington Capitals to a wild 6-5 win over the
Detroit Red Wings at Verizon Center.
Red Wings defenseman Brendan Smith was called for tripping at the 1:26 mark of
the extra session. The Capitals moved the puck around and John Carlson fed
Ovechkin for a one-timer from the left circle.
Ovechkin's league-leading 39th goal of the season gave Washington a split of
this home-and-home set.
Joel Ward registered two goals and one assist and Jason Chimera added a goal
and two helpers for the Capitals, who overcame blowing a trio of two-goal
leads to win for only the third time in their last 12 games.
Detroit's Gustav Nyquist posted his first career hat trick and picked up an
assist on Justin Abdelkader's goal that tied the game at 5-5 in the third
The Red Wings beat Washington at home in a shootout on Friday to snap a two-
game losing streak.
Nyquist completed the hat trick at the 42-second mark of the third. Henrik
Zetterberg faked a shot before firing a pass that Nyquist tipped behind
Capitals goaltender Michal Neuvirth, knotting the score at 4-4.
Washington moved back ahead off a giveaway. Forechecking created the turnover
in the Detroit zone and led to Troy Brouwer beating Red Wings netminder Jimmy
Howard high over the glove at 4:28.
Abdelkader swept in a backhander from close range 1:57 later.
The Capitals took a 3-1 lead in the first period.
Chimera opened the scoring from a sharp angle on the right side at 4:43 after
Ward hit the post. It was the lone even-strength goal in the frame as the next
three came on power plays.
Ward made it 2-0 when he set up shop between the circles and hammered home
Marcus Johansson's dish from the side boards at 7:20.
The Red Wings ended a long scoring drought on the road at 11:40 on a tally by
Nyquist, who jumped on the rebound of Daniel Alfredsson's from the right-
Detroit had been shut out in its three previous games away from home.
Carlson restored Washington's two-goal advantage with a slap shot past Howard
on the blocker side from the point with 3:55 remaining.
Tomas Tatar fired a wrister under the right arm of Neuvirth to cap a rush and
trim Detroit's deficit to 3-2 at 13:30 of the second period.
Ward, however, scored 19 seconds later to give Washington its third two-goal
lead of the game.
The Red Wings pulled within one again before the second intermission. Nyquist
took a backdoor feed from Zetterberg and beat Neuvirth with 1:11 left for his
second power-play goal.
Ward has scored at least one goal in three consecutive games ... Zetterberg
finished with three assists ... Neuvirth stopped 25 shots ... Howard turned
away 22 shots ... Washington improved to 4-0-1 in its last five games against
Detroit ... The Capitals were 3-for-6 on the power play, while the Red Wings
were 2-for-3 with the man advantage ... The Capitals began a four-game
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