It was Alex Ovechkin to the rescue on Tuesday as the Caps' captain scored both the game-tying and game-winning goal in a 5-4 win over the Carolina Hurricanes.
The Caps squandered a 3-1 lead as Carolina scored three straight goals to take a 4-3 lead in the third. Ovechkin then scored on his first shot of the game off a Hurricanes turnover. He then finished off Carolina with an overtime winner to beat Cam Ward.
Here are the three stars of the game.
1. Alex Ovechkin
When the Caps needed a goal with time ticking away in the third period, Ovechkin delivered. His pressure on Jaccob Slavin forced a critical turnover right to the stick of Nicklas Backstrom. Ovechkin also had the presence of mind to head to the net after Slavin tried to fling the puck up the ice, getting him in behind the defense to receive the pass from Backstrom and score the game-tying goal.
Ovechkin also added the overtime winner for good measure, faking a shot to take Slavin off balance then firing a wrister past Cam Ward to finish off Carolina.
He had only two shots on the night, both goals.
2. Victor Rask
Rask pounced on a horrible turnover by John Carlson in the first period to open the scoring and was left wide open in the high slot in the second period to wrist his second goal of the night past Braden Holtby.
He kept up the pressure all game with five shots on goal.
3. Devante Smith-Pelly
Smith-Pelly showed he is not out of place at all on the top line with a first period goal off a pretty sweet wrister to give Washington a 2-1 lead.
Shots were hard to come by for the Caps for much of the game, but Smith-Pelly was able to get plenty of pressure on the net with a team-high five shots on goal.