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Video: Ovechkin scores in overtime after wild ending to third period

Nov 30, 2013, 10:25 PM EDT

It didn’t look like typically electric shot to the back of the net. But like that matters to Alex Ovechkin.

The Capitals’ star scored his league-leading 21st goal of the season, and it was the overtime winner Saturday in a 3-2 Washington win against the New York Islanders.

Ovechkin cut into the middle of the ice on a two-on-two rush, beating goalie Anders Nilsson through the legs to give the Capitals the win.

It capped off a crazy final few minutes of regulation. The Islanders took the lead on a goal from Thomas Vanek with 1:51 left in the third period, however a short-handed goal from Nicklas Backstrom with 49 seconds remaining sent this one to the extra frame.

  1. blastardo - Nov 30, 2013 at 11:31 PM

    Holtby had a hot game. Him and Backstrom late in the third kept their team in it.

    • dcfan4life - Dec 1, 2013 at 2:16 AM

      Holtby unable to cover the puck that gave up the lead is yet another mistake he can’t make. Had an easy look to get that puck under his glove and didn’t. We should have lost this game because of that. Doesn’t matter how good you play as a goalie the rest of the game when u make a mistake like that. Backstrom was great though, can’t argue that.

      • neeza06 - Dec 1, 2013 at 4:35 AM

        im sorry but terrible assessment. Your goalie makes a great save on a puck redirected in midair on his doorstep and the puck slides and bounces a bit in front of him and he cant feel it/find it, meanwhile none of your defensemen take the body, nor does anyone box out vanek and you say the goalie cant make mistakes like that? holtby played a phenomenal game. I wont pretend to watch enough of him to talk about other games or mistakes he may or may not make but your goalie was very good tonight and him coupled with the islanders ineptitude got you 2 points

      • trick9 - Dec 1, 2013 at 9:43 AM

        Seriously just be quiet. Holtby is the biggest reason they won that game.

      • dcfan4life - Dec 1, 2013 at 11:17 AM

        Im not hating on Holtby, he played great, but there is no way, with a clear look at the puck, right in front of him, that he shouldnt have covered that puck. He put his glove down right on it, and somehow missed it, it slides out, Isles get a layup. He was even yelling at the ref for not blowing a quick whistle, and the ref was like you have to have the puck for me to stop play. I loved the win, especially the fight and how the Caps won, but that was definitely a Holtby mistake and it nearly cost us at least a point.

      • neeza06 - Dec 1, 2013 at 6:10 PM

        Again clearly a great initial save followed by a scramble where the puck slid to his left then back to his right after being touched by tavares before being burried by vanek. most goalies dont make the initial save and none instantly cover up a moving puck a split second after making a quick reaction save on a deflection. Definitely a defensive breakdown that nearly cost you at least a point

  2. mattymarts17 - Dec 1, 2013 at 12:22 AM

    This is reaching new levels…

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