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Ovechkin takes over in third period to fuel Caps to the win

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Ovechkin takes over in third period to fuel Caps to the win

Sometimes a team needs its star players to be at their best. With the Caps trailing in the third period on Tuesday, that's what the Caps needed on Tuesday and Alex Ovechkin responded.

With the Caps down 2-1 entering the third, Ovechkin emphatically took over the game. Early in the period as Detroit tried to break out of their own zone, Ovechkin flattened the unsuspecting Dylan Larkin, forcing him to lose the puck in the neutral zone. The Caps took over and Ovechkin nearly scored on the ensuing possession.

"I noticed it from the drop of the puck that he was skating, he was hitting, he was shooting the puck and when you've got your leader playing that way, you jump on board," T.J. Oshie said.

The Caps' captain continued to play at a different speed from everyone else later in the third as he zipped his way behind the Red Wings' defense with the puck, forcing former Cap Mike Green to haul him down from behind to prevent the breakaway. Ovechkin argued for a penalty shot, but had to settle for the power play instead.

"He took a puck to the net," Braden Holtby said. "Obviously he's a hard man to stop that way. He's going to draw penalties."

RELATED: Capitals beat Red Wings in shootout to regain first place

The Caps would not convert, but they would cash in after the Great 8 generated a second penalty, this time a hook from Brendan Smith. On the power play, Marcus Johansson took the puck from behind the red line and tried to whirl around and stuff it past goalie Jimmy Howard. Howard made the initial save, but lost the puck in the ensuing scrum. The puck trickled to Howard's right where a charging Ovechkin was just able to hit it into the net to tie the game at two.

"Obviously he can finish better than anyone in the league," Holtby said.

With the goal, the Caps were able to force overtime and eventually win it 3-2 in a shootout. They are now 7-0 in games following a loss this season.

That would not have been possible without Ovechkin finding that extra gear in the third.

"He was moving his legs, he was using his big body, he got a big hit, drew some penalties," head coach Barry Trotz said. "I mean, he was really good tonight."

Ovechkin drew two penalties, laid out Larkin and scored the game-tying goal all in the final period.

Practically the only think Ovechkin didn't give the Caps in the third was a partridge in a pear tree.

MORE CAPITALS: Capitals beat Red Wings in shootout to regain first place

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Capitals at Blackhawks Game 10: Time, TV Channel, Live stream, how to watch

Capitals at Blackhawks Game 10: Time, TV Channel, Live stream, how to watch

The Capitals are riding a two-game winning streak, and are looking to continue their winning ways as they start a five-game road swing.

Their first stop is Chicago against a Blackhawks team that has cracked .500 and is also riding their own two-game winning streak.

Whose streak will come to an end Sunday? Tune in to find out.

CAPITALS-BLACKHAWKS GAME 10: HOW TO WATCH

What: Washington Capitals at Chicago Blackhawks

Where: United Center, Chicago, Ill.

When: Sunday, October 20, 7 pm.

TV Channel: Capitals-Blackhawks will be broadcast on NBC Sports. (NBC Sports channel Finder)

Live Stream: You can watch Capitals-Blackhawks on NBC Sports live stream page.

Radio: Caps Radio 24/7

CAPITALS-BLACKHAWKS TV SCHEDULE:

6:00 PM: Caps Faceoff Live

6:30 PM: Caps Pregame Live

7:00 PM: Capitals @ Blackhawks (LIVE)

9:30 PM: Caps Postgame Live

10:00 PM: Caps Overtime Live

10:00 PM: D.C. Sports Live

CAPITALS-BLACKHAWKS INJURY REPORT:

Capitals:

RW Richard Panik, upper-body injury, week-to-week

Blackhawks:

LW Jonn Quenneville, hip injury, day-to-day

CAPITALS AT BLACKHAWKS PLAYERS TO WATCH:

Michal Kempny, D, Capitals (1-0-1)

After returning to the Caps lineup against the New York Rangers Friday night, Kempny felt right at home, potting his first goal of the season. Kempny will look to beat up on the team that traded him back in 2018, and he's had success in the past against them.

Alex DeBrincat, F, Chicago (2-2-4)

Don't be fooled by DeBrincat's 5-7 frame. The shifty forward has a deadly release and notched 41 goals last season, second on the Blackhawks. In the last two seasons, he's also feasted on the Capitals, notching two goals and two assists.

Patrick Kane, R, Chicago (2-5-7)

He doesn't have the nickname "Showtime" for nothing. Kane led the Blackhawks in goals last season with 44, and leads the team in points this season.

CAPITALS at BLACKHAWKS SERIES HISTORY 

Number of all-time Meetings: 99

All-Time Series Record: 44-43-11-1

Last Meeting: Loss 8-5 (1/20/2019)

Last 10: Capitals lead 7-3

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T.J. Oshie puts on a memorable performance in 300th game as a Capital

T.J. Oshie puts on a memorable performance in 300th game as a Capital

300 games. 108 goals. 108 assists.

Just so you're tracking, those are T.J. Oshie's stats through 300 games as a member of the Washington Capitals.

In an outstanding 5-2 victory over the New York Rangers, Oshie scored two power play goals. It was the second time in his career that Oshie recorded two such goals.

Another shot on goal — he had four in the game — would have put him at a nice-and-even 620 during his tenure with the Capitals, but hey, we can't all be perfect.

The statistical-evenness is certainly satisfying, but even if you're not a fan of quirky stats, the man has logged 216 points in 300 games. That's pretty darn good.

T.J. Oshie will seek to continue putting up great numbers as the Capitals embark on a two-week road trip. Their first stop will be Sunday in Chicago for a showdown against the Blackhawks.

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