Alex Ovechkin scored his second goal of the game on the power play in overtime as the Washington Capitals defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-3 on Tuesday evening.
John Carlson also scored twice for Washington. Meanwhile, Nicklas Backstrom added three assists, and Braden Holtby made 27 stops.
Auston Matthews had two goals and an assist, while Andreas Johnsson replied for Toronto. The Leafs also got 30 saves from Frederik Andersen.
The Capitals went on the man advantage 21 seconds into the extra period when William Nylander tripped Tom Wilson.
The Capitals set up camp in Toronto’s zone, with Ovechkin, Backstrom and Carlson all firing away. But, they couldn’t find a winner.
Mitch Marner then high-sticked Carlson one second before Nylander’s penalty expired, keeping the Leafs on the penalty kill.
Ovechkin scored his 11th on a bullet one-timer from his patented spot in the left face-off circle at the four-minute mark of the extra period.
Toronto got a power play with three minutes to go in the third period when Capitals defenceman Radko Gudas was whistled for delaying the game after driving Alexander Kerfoot into the Capitals goal.
Matthews, Kasperi Kapanen and Nylander all had good chances with the man advantage. However, Holtby was there to thwart any chance and forced overtime.
Tied 2-2 after 40 minutes, Matthews put Toronto ahead early in the third when the Leafs centre buried his 11th of the season.
But the Capitals tied things at 4:10 when Ovechkin got his tenth of the season.