For the second time in three days, Alex Ovechkin scored his NHL-leading 39th goal late against the Detroit Red Wings.
This one won’t be taken away.
Ovechkin’s one-timer from the left circle on a power play 2:37 into overtime gave the Capitals a 6-5 win Sunday over the Red Wings in Washington, earning a split of a home-and-home set and tightening things even more in the bottlenecked bottom half of the Eastern Conference.
Ovechkin was originally credited with the goal that tied the score with seven seconds left in regulation on Friday in Detroit — a game the Red Wings eventually won in a shootout. The NHL has since reviewed the play and decided it instead belonged to Joel Ward on a deflection.
Ward kept it up Sunday, getting two goals and an assist as he again benefited from the extra attention paid to Ovechkin. In overtime Ovechkin drove home the winner after Brendan Smith was sent off for tripping.
Jason Chimera, John Carlson, and Troy Brouwer also scored for the Capitals, who got two field goals’ worth of goals in their fifth consecutive Super Bowl Sunday home matinee. Michal Neuvirth made 25 saves.
Gustav Nyquist had his first career hat trick and added an assist, and Tomas Tatar and Justin Abdelkader also scored for the Red Wings.
Nyquist’s goal at 11:40 of the first period ended Detroit’s road scoreless run at 194:14. The Red Wings had been shut out for three consecutive away games, a streak equaled in franchise history only by the 1927-28 Detroit Cougars.
Jets 2, Canadiens 1 — Michael Frolik scored in the third period to give Winnipeg a victory in Montreal.
Tobias Enstrom also scored for the Jets and Al Montoya stopped 30 shots.
Brian Gionta scored for Montreal. Carey Price made 33 saves.