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NHL Game Summary - Washington at Columbus



(Tuesday, February 5th)

Final Score: Washington 4, Columbus 3 (OT)

Columbus, OH (Sports Network) - Alex Ovechkin scored two goals, including the game-winner 2:28 into overtime, as the Washington Capitals came from behind to beat the Columbus Blue Jackets, 4-3, at Nationwide Arena.

Ovechkin got the puck toward the inner edge of the right circle, and fired off a snap shot that went between Fredrik Norrena's pads for the winning score. He also had the Capitals' first goal of the night.

"His shot is just so deadly, the wrist shot of his," Washington head coach Bruce Boudreau said. "I've been here 32 games and it amazes me every day."

Tom Poti had a goal and assist for Washington, which has won two of three, both wins coming in overtime. Alexander Semin also scored, and Brent Johnson stopped 28-of-31 shots in the win.

Rick Nash had two goals for Columbus, which dropped its fourth in a row. Norrena allowed three goals on 13 shots in place of Pascal Leclaire, who left late in the second period with a neck injury and didn't return.

"I thought we played well, it was just that we keep on shooting ourselves in the foot," Nash said. "We had a poor defensive end and that's what killed us."

Ovechkin put an end to a strange game that started with Nash's first goal, late in the first period. With Washington on a 5-on-3 advantage, he poked a lazy pass from a Capitals player off its path, and raced up ice ahead of every player.

Suddenly one-on-one with Johnson, Nash slid the puck between the goaltender's pads to put Columbus up a goal with 2:25 left in the stanza.

Just 41 seconds later, Jason Chimera got hold of another Washington turnover, and started up ice. He waited for his teammates to flood the zone, and the pressure led to a rebound that Chimera deflected in for a 2-0 Jackets lead.

Ovechkin scored his first goal 13:34 into the second period, less than a minute after he raised his stick in the air, thinking a teammate had scored on a wraparound.

After review, that goal was called off, but there was no question about Ovechkin's -- a rocket of a shot from the left circle that went through Leclaire's pads.

"I thought he struggled more than I've seen him in the first period," Boudreau said. "He looked tired and then he started coming on, getting stronger as the game went on."

Just a few minutes later, Leclaire was hit by a pair of players, one of them Washington's Quintin Laing, while in the crease. Laing was whistled for goaltender interference on the play, which came with a little less than five minutes left in the period.

Leclaire, who stopped 23-of-24 shots to that point, stayed on the ice for a few minutes before heading to the locker room.

Norrena came in for the injured goaltender, and allowed a goal on the first shot he faced -- from Semin, which tied the game, 2-2, heading into the second intermission.

A little more than four minutes into the third period, Nash took advantage of a bizarre opportunity to notch his second tally of the night. Referee Bill McCreary collided with Washington defenseman Shaone Morrisonn, who was tracking Nash.

The collision came just as Nash was about to cross into Washington's zone, and cleared a path for the Columbus forward. With no one in his way, Nash approached the net from the right, and tucked a shot between Johnson and the left post, giving the Jackets a 3-2 lead.

Poti tied up the game with 6:53 left, but only after another goal review. His shot whipped in and out of the net so quickly, play wasn't stopped at first. It looked like the puck might have hit the crossbar before caroming back into the slot.

After the official review, it was ruled a goal, and the game eventually went to the extra session.

Game Notes

Nash's goal was the first two-man disadvantage shorthanded goal in Columbus' franchise history...The teams were a combined 0-for-7 on the power play...Ovechkin's goals extended his league-leading total to 45...Poti's goal was his first of the season.

02/05 23:46:16 ET


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