Post-game analysis of the Capitals’ 3-2 win over the Minnesota Wild Friday night at Verizon Center:
How it happened: Caps defenseman Dmitry Orlov did his best Houdini impression, feathering a pass through his own skates, going forehand to backhand, then beating backup goaltender Darcy Kuemper with a backhander with 5:04 remaining in regulation to give the Caps the go-ahead goal and completing a third-period comeback. The Caps entered the third period trailing 2-1 against a Wild team that entered the game 20-0-1 when leading after two. Alex Ovechkin tied the score 4:35 into the third period with his 40th goal of the season, blasting a power-play goal past Kuemper. Brooks Orpik also scored for the Caps.
What it means: The Caps improved to 13-1-1 following losses this season and remain the only team in the NHL without back-to-back losses in regulation this season. Goaltender Braden Holtby improved to 10-0-0 following losses this season.
Free Willie: For the second straight game Caps right wing Tom Wilson took another first-period penalty that led to a power-play goal. This time he appeared to blow out a skate blade on a forecheck Jared Spurgeon, spilling to the ice and taking down Spurgeon with him for a tripping minor.
Oates sighting: Former Capitals coach Adam Oates took in the game from the press box, sitting alongside another former Caps great, Peter Bondra.
Look ahead: The Capitals will practice at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday at Kettler Capitals Iceplex, then depart for Chicago for Sunday’s 12:30 p.m. game against Patrick Kane and the Blackhawks.