Capitals Rally to Down Ducks 3-2, Alex Ovechkin Wins it in Overtime

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The Washington Capitals rallied to beat the Anaheim Ducks 3-2 (OT) Saturday night at Capital One Arena. Falling down 2-0, the Capitals would rally back and Alex Ovechkin would bury the overtime winner. The win raised the Capitals record to 21-12-1. The Capitals return to action Tuesday night when they visit the Stars in Dallas. Puck drop is 8:30 PM. 

Braden Holtby (18-7-0, 2.66 GAA, .918 sv%) got the start in goal for the Caps. John Gibson (10-10-0-3, 2.83 GAA, .922 sv%) got the start between the pipes for the Ducks. The starting lines for the Capitals:



Scratches: T.J. Oshie missed his sixth-consecutive game due to an “upper body injury” sustained against San Jose on December 4th. Taylor Chorney was the healthy scratch.

It wouldn’t take long before Tom Wilson and the Ducks Kevin Bieksa would drop the gloves, both getting five for fighting at 4:16 of the opening frame.

The Ducks would grab an early lead on the end of a Capitals’ turnover in the neutral zone, which was finished by the Ducks Derek Grant at the 16:01 mark.

The period would end with the Ducks leading 1-0. Shots on goal were 7-7 for the opening 20 minutes. There were no penalties in the first period.

The Capitals stepped up their push in the offensive zone to start the middle frame, but the Ducks goalie John Gibson was stout, robbing Chiasson and Wilson in the early going.

The Ducks would stretch their lead to 2-0 with a powerplay goal by Jakob Silfverberg at the 7:36 mark of the middle frame. Shots on goal were 9-2 in favor of the Ducks with 9:18 remaining in the period.

The period would end with the Ducks leading 2-0. The Ducks led in shots on goal 13-8 for the second period and 20-15 through two periods of play. The Ducks were 1 for 1 and the Capitals 0 for on the man advantage.

The Capitals would quickly half the Ducks lead with a nice give-and-go from Alex Ovechkin to Nicklas Backstrom for the finish at 3:05 of the final frame.

John Walton with the call:

Evgeny Kuznetsov would tie the game with a sharp wrister from the left circle at 7:27 of the third period.

The from John Walton:

Regulation would end tied 2-2.

Alex Ovechkin would win it in overtime with a blast from the right circle, giving the Caps a 3-2 win.

John Walton with the call:


  • With the win, Washington improved to 21-12-1 on the season and are now first place in the Metropolitan Division.
  • Alex Ovechkin scored the game-winning goal in overtime, marking his 21st overtime goal, which is the highest total in the history of the NHL. Additionally, that marked Ovechkin’s 98th career game-winning goal, passing Bobby Hull and Guy Lafleur for ninth place on the all-time list.
  • Ovechkin’s 23 goals this season is tied for first in the NHL. Additionally, Ovechkin recorded an assist on Nicklas Backstrom’s goal, his eighth multi-point game this season.
  • Tonight marked the first time the Capitals won while scoring less than four goals in a game since Nov. 18 versus the Minnesota Wild (3-1).
  • The Capitals have scored at least four goals in eight of their last 11 games.
  • Devante Smith-Pelly played in his 300th NHL game.
  • Tonight’s attendance was 18,506, the Capitals 382nd consecutive sellout at Capital One Arena.
  • NHL box score is here.

By Jon Sorensen


About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His interest in the Caps has grown over the decades and included time as a season ticket holder. He has been a journalist covering the team for 10+ years, primarily focusing on analysis, analytics and prospect development.
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