Wilson scores twice, Capitals defeat Panthers in OT
- Tom Wilson scored his second goal 17 seconds into overtime to give the Washington Capitals a 5-4 win against the Florida Panthers at BB&T Center on Thursday.
- Wilson scored on a 2-on-1 six seconds after Capitals goalie Braden Holtby stopped Aaron Ekblad on a breakaway.
“[Holtby] made an amazing save,” Wilson said. “Then I realized I had to get going the other way, we had a chance, we had an odd-man rush. That’s how 3-on-3 works. Your guy comes up big for you and then you can try to capitalize at the other end.”
- Wilson tied the game 4-4 at 44 seconds of the third period when he tipped Evgeny Kuznetsov’s pass.
- Alex Ovechkin had two goals and one assist, John Carlson had one goal and two assists, and Kuznetsov had three assists for the Capitals (12-2-3), who have won five in a row and have a 10-game point streak (9-0-1). Holtby made 32 saves.
“It wasn’t a great game from that standpoint (of giving up chances),” Capitals coach Todd Reirden said. “We weren’t as sharp as we can be. The key to successful teams is trying to figure out ways to win when you’re not at your best, and that was a case that took place tonight. Some big efforts from guys, but overall we can play better than that.”
- Aleksander Barkov and Evgenii Dadonov each had a goal and an assist for the Panthers (7-3-5), who have a point in 11 of their past 12 games (7-1-4). Sergei Bobrovsky made 26 saves.
“We find a way to get points almost every game and we find a way to win games,” Barkov said. “Of course today we couldn’t get it done, but the best thing is that we still can get a lot better and we all know it. But we’re all confident. We know how to play the right way and that’s what we’ve been doing.”
- Carlson has 26 points (eight goals, 18 assists), making him the seventh defenseman in NHL history and the first since Al MacInnis in 1990-91 to reach 25 points in 17 or fewer games. …
- Ovechkin has 81 points (38 goals, 43 assists) in 64 games against Florida.
- He has 21 points (12 goals, nine assists) in his past 14 games. …
- Barkov has a three-game goal streak after not scoring in the first 12 games. …
- Panthers defenseman Mike Matheson returned after missing five games because of a lower-body injury and played 23:01. …
- Forward Dominic Toninato played 11:12 in his Panthers debut. … Panthers forward Colton Sceviour played in his 400th NHL game.
Sources & Credits: Alain Poupart / NHL.com, WAS Capitals, FLA Panthers
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