Caps finally overcome OT hurdle for first win in 12 tries


Tom Wilson's goal Tuesday did more than just give the Capitals the 4-3 win over the Winnipeg Jets. It did more than just give a scuffling Washington team just their second win in seven games. It did more than just vault the Caps back into the top three in the Metropolitan Division standings.

Wilson's goal also gave Washington its first overtime win of the season.

"I think you could see it after the goal went in, we were pretty excited," Justin Schultz said. "For whatever reason, haven't been able to get wins in overtime."

Prior to Tuesday's game, the Caps have gone into overtime 11 times this season. Four times, the game went on to a shootout. The other seven games were decided in overtime and Washington had lost all seven.

It took Wilson just 26 seconds to end that streak.

The play was set up by Evgeny Kuznetsov who took the puck from behind the goal line and went the length of the ice, cutting through the three Winnipeg players and behind the Jets' goal, taking two defenders with him. That left Wilson all alone on the doorstep for the Kuznetsov pass. Goalie Connor Hellebuyck was able to get a pad on the initial shot, but Wilson was able to stuff the rebound home to end the game.

"I was hoping he would just do it all himself, to be honest," Wilson said of Kuznetsov's play. "But just tried to give him a lot of room and he made a nice move and I knew he was going to try to look for me and tried to go to the net.”


The goal ended one of the more baffling stats of the season. How does a team as skilled as Washington have zero overtime wins in 11 games?

"It hasn't gone without attention," Laviolette said. "We've been working at it and looking at it and watching stuff. It's nice to get one."

"Hopefully this jump starts our 3-on-3 because if you look at our team, we got the players for it, so I think that'll do a lot for our confidence," Schultz said.

On Tuesday, the Caps just kept it simple. Kuznetsov used his speed and the open ice that 3-on-3 offers to bring the puck up ice and into the offensive zone by himself. When the defense collapsed on him, Wilson found the opening in the defense and hit it home.

In 26 seconds, the Caps did something they had failed to do in 11 previous games look simple and got the overtime monkey off their back.

"It took a while," Laviolette said. "We shouldn't be at the record that we're at, but we are. I thought it was good to get one in the column."

"It is something we were trying to fix and work on and it is nice when you get the first one," Wilson said. "Hopefully, we can turn it around.”