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WASHINGTON -- Logan Couture put the San Jose Sharks up by two with one minute remaining, but the Capitals battled back to tie the game and Lars Eller scored the overtime winner to cap off the incredible 5-4 win.
Here is how the Caps pulled it off.

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Evander Kane opened the scoring in the second period and Nic Dowd scored 64 seconds later. Kane gave the team a two-goal lead late in the third with his hat trick goal, but Jakub Vrana scored his first of two goals less than two minutes later to pull the Caps back to within one.

The game looked over when Logan Couture scored an empty-netter with one minute left to go in regulation and Vrana scored his second goal just 13 seconds later to again pull Washington to within one.

Jakub Vrana

Sometimes all you need is that one goal to break a streak and all your confidence returns. After going 10 straight games without a goal, Jakub Vrana scored on Friday to snap the streak. He followed that up with two goals on Sunday to help the team battle back. He now has 18 goals on the season, all of them at even strength.

6-on-5

Have you ever wondered if pulling the goalie works? It does for Washington. No team in the NHL has scored more goals at 6-on-5 than the Caps, who now have seven this season. Logan Couture scored an empty netter to make it 4-2 with exactly one minute remaining in regulation. Vrana and T.J. Oshie would both score in the final minute with Braden Holtby pulled to tie the game in dramatic fashion.

 

Dramatic overtime

Three-on-three overtime is just the best. Both teams traded incredible chances back and forth. Holtby was called upon to stop a breakaway from Brent Burns and a 2-on-1 bid by Kane for his fourth goal. The Caps responded with an odd-man break of their own with John Carlson setting up Eller for the winner. It happened on the 10-year anniversary of Carlson scoring the overtime winning goal against Martin Jones to win the gold for USA over Canada in the World Juniors.

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