The Caps rallied late in the third period and Andre Burakovsky won it in overtime, scoring his second goal of the game 1:51 into the extra session to lift the Caps to a 4-3 win over the Stars.
The Caps have now won four straight games overall and two straight in Dallas—both in overtime. Braden Holtby, meantime, made 33 saves to earn his first victory in Dallas in his fifth try (1-4-0).
Tarik’s three stars of the game:
1-Andre Burakovsky, Capitals
Just moments into the game, it was apparent that Burakovsky was going to have a night to remember. He had a brilliant scoring chance that Ben Bishop stopped. Then, just a little while later, he scored to put the Caps up 1-0. Racing into the Dallas end while leading a 3-on-2, Brett Connolly sent a slick cross-zone pass to Burakovsky, who made no mistake, ripping a shot past Bishop’s blocker.
Then in overtime, Burky finished off a wild game with a perfectly-placed wrister from in tight.
The 22-year-old winger now has three goals on the season...and his first career OT winner.
2-Dmitry Orlov, Capitals
The expression on Orlov’s face said it all: He couldn’t believe what he just did. And, quite frankly, neither could anyone else. On the rush in the second period, No. 9 broke John Klingberg’s ankles with a pond-hockey-esque between-the-legs move and then stuck the puck underneath the crossbar to knot the score, 2-2.
The goal was Orlov’s fourth of the season and second in five games.
3-Brett Connolly, Capitals
Connolly had the answer the Caps so badly needed just 41 seconds after Alexander Radulov’s go-ahead goal late in the third period. The play began with Burakovsky winning a battle down low and then feeding Connolly in the slot, where No. 10 snapped the puck between Bishop’s pads.
The goal was Connolly’s fifth in the last nine games…all since Coach Barry Trotz sat him out for ineffectiveness.
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