The Caps played a much better game on Sunday than the game previous, but the result was the same. Washington fell 2-1 in overtime to the Philadelphia Flyers, their third straight loss since returning from the bye week.
Alex Ovechkin was strong on both ends of the ice, but it was not enough as Brian Elliott dominated in net and Travis Konecny ended the game just 27 seconds into overtime.
Washington now has only two points in three games since their return from the bye and face another lengthy break with the All-Star Game looming.
Here are the three stars from Sunday's game.
1. Alex Ovechkin: It was Ovechkin's defense and not his offense that first stood out on Sunday. A crafty little steal by Ovechkin at the top of the defensive zone sparked a 2-on-1 with him and Evgeny Kuznetsov and should have led to assist No. 500, but Kuznetsov shot the rebound right into goalie Brian Elliott rather than the open net. Ovechkin also had a diving backcheck to cut off a pass from Ivan Provorov on a 2-on-1 for Philadelphia.
Still think I don't play defense? Watch this. 😮🇷🇺 pic.twitter.com/2THUWXYllV— NBC Sports Capitals (@NBCSCapitals) January 21, 2018
Of course, there was the offense too. Ovechkin got Washington on the board in the second period with a blistering shot from the office for the power play goal.
2. Brian Elliott: Call the police because Elliott flat out robbed the Caps. In the first period, he kept Washington off the board with an outstanding save on a wide-open Ovechkin from the slot. He's generally not the guy teams want to leave open that close to the net.
Elliott added another dynamic save on Nicklas Backstrom late in the second when the Caps' center managed to get his stick on the puck in the slot.
3. Travis Konecny: It took Konecny just 27 seconds to win this game in overtime for the Flyers, despite all the momentum building on Washington's side at the end of the game. He carried the puck into the offensive zone, curled into the high slot and wristed a nice shot past Braden Holtby.