The curse of the Dallas Stars is not officially over as the Caps could not win in regulation, but they did walk away with two points thanks to two goals from Andre Burakovsky in a 4-3 win.
Here’s how the Caps were able to take down Dallas.
1. A ridiculous goal from Dmitry Orlov
Dmitry Orlov wears No. 9, but he looked an awful lot like No. 8 on his beautiful second period goal. He turned John Klingberg inside out with a toe drag then chipped the puck over Ben Bishop who made an unfortunate poke attempt. You can see the highlight in the video above. This is one that will make the short list for goal of the season.
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2. Braden Holtby
Holtby had never defeated the Stars in his career. If that was weighing on his mind, he didn’t show it. Holtby made a number of key saves on the Stars, including a few clutch ones in the third period and overtime to keep the Caps in it. Even with three goals, it was a phenomenal game for the Caps’ netminder.
3. A quick response from Brett Connolly
With the score tied at 2 in the third period, Alexander Radulov scored with less than five minutes remaining in the third period. Consider Washington’s history with the Stars, that goal felt very much like the clincher. Yet, the third line played a phenomenal shift in response and Brett Connolly tallied the game-tying goal just 41 seconds later to force overtime.
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4. Andre Burakovsky is back
Burakovsky’s first period goal was his first since Oct. 20. With plenty of time to work with, Burakovsky patiently took aim, cradled the puck and unleased a wicked wrister to beat Bishop. Then he finished the game off in overtime as he took a nifty drop pass by John Carlson and hit the top corner of the net for his first career overtime goal.