Alex Ovechkin Strikes Again, Scores OT Winner To Down Maple Leafs
- Alex Ovechkin had four points, including a goal with one minute remaining in overtime, and the Washington Capitals defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-3 at Scotiabank Arena on Tuesday.
- Ovechkin (two goals, two assists) one-timed a pass from Dmitry Orlov at the top of the left face-off circle on the power play.
“My job is to shoot the puck and create and score for my team, and obviously the boys know if I’m wide open, I’m there,” Ovechkin said. “If guys play close to me, different guys are open, so it’s why we’ve built our chemistry and find ways to score lots of goals.”
- John Carlson scored twice, Nicklas Backstrom had three assists, and Braden Holtby made 27 saves for the Capitals (9-2-3), who are 6-0-1 in their past seven games and went 4-0-1 on a five-game road trip.
“You have to believe in what you’re doing, and you have to believe that you’re never out of a game,” Washington coach Todd Reirden said. “There’s adversity, but it’s just focusing on us trying to maximize each shift and let’s hope enough things go our way and sure enough they were for this road trip. It was a pretty amazing road trip when you look back at it and now it’s important we take some of this momentum from this trip home with us.”
- Auston Matthews scored twice and had an assist, Andreas Johnsson scored, and Frederik Andersen made 30 saves for the Maple Leafs (6-5-3), who are 2-3-2 in their past seven games.
“We needed to find a way to win the game,” Toronto coach Mike Babcock said. “I thought we got through it when we got through the (first) kill in overtime, and then we took another one there on the high stick. It’s unfortunate because I thought we’d done a real nice job on the penalty kill (in overtime).”
- With his second goal of the game, Ovechkin passed Luc Robitaille for 12th on the NHL list with 669. …
Carlson set the Capitals record for most points in a month by a defenseman with 23 (seven goals, 16 assists) when he scored his second of the game.
He passed Sergei Gonchar, who had 22 points in January 2000. …
Washington forward Nic Dowd left the game at 14:55 of the first period after a hit along the boards by Maple Leafs defenseman Justin Holl.
Reirden had no update after the game. …
Toronto defenseman Jake Muzzin left the game at 12:23 of the first with a leg injury after a hit from Capitals forward Tom Wilson.
Babcock said Muzzin had a charley horse.
Sources & Credits: Dave McCarthy / NHL.com, WAS Capitals, TOR Maple Leafs