NHL Game Summary - Washington at Dallas
(Saturday, October 25th)
Final Score: Washington 6, Dallas 5 (OT)
Dallas, TX (Sports Network) - Alexander Semin's goal just prior to the midway point of overtime lifted Washington over Dallas, 6-5, at American Airlines Center.
Semin took the puck from the right boards along the goal line and attempted a pass into the slot. The disc hit a Stars defender and bounced back to Semin, who unleashed a wrister which hit the net where the crossbar meets the left post at 2:17.
Sergei Fedorov and Tomas Fleischmann each picked up two goals for the Capitals, who snapped a three-game slide and managed to come away with a win on their three-game road trip after losses in Calgary and Phoenix.
Jose Theodore stopped 28 shots for his third win of the season.
"The defense side was a little weak on both sides, but it worked for us," Fleischmann said.
Mike Modano picked up a goal and two assists for the Stars, who have dropped two of three. Sean Avery, Fabian Brunnstrom, Loui Eriksson and B.J. Crombeen also lit the lamp for Dallas.
Marty Turco allowed six goals on only 30 shots in the loss.
"The goals against is a joke right now," said an obviously angry Stars head coach Dave Tippett. "It is not the way we do things around here, to have to score seven goals to win."
Eriksson's goal less than a minute into the third capped a rally and drew Dallas even, 4-4. Tyler Sloan then restored the Washington advantage at 2:22.
Modano netted the equalizer with only 57 seconds left in regulation. Brenden Morrow carried behind the net and dished in front where the veteran buried the chance.
"When they got the puck behind the net we weren't going to the proper man and they got three slam dunks from there," lamented Caps head coach Bruce Boudreau.
Avery's tally off a rebound with 9:41 left in the first period gave the Stars a 1-0 lead and was the renowned pest's first goal in 18 regular-season games.
Fedorov equalized a little more than two minutes later, converting a poke pass from Semin with a wrister from the low slot. Fleischmann's wrister from the edge of the left circle with 3:02 remaining put Washington on top.
Brunnstrom then got a big assist from Avery for the tying power-play goal with 9.6 seconds left in the first which knotted the game, 2-2.
Fedorov's second score of the contest gave the Capitals a 3-2 edge with another helper from Semin at 11:23 of the middle stanza, and Fleischmann's slap shot over Turco's glove with 4:44 to play put the visitors up by a pair.
Dallas got back within one 39 seconds later as Crombeen potted his first of the season and the home team wound up trailing 4-3 after 40 minutes.
"It seems to be a common trend that we are having breakdowns in front of our net," Modano noted. "They are a gifted, talented team and we got a point out of it but it just seems to be up and down every night."
Dallas has won five of the last eight matchups but Washington has won the last two...The clubs hadn't met since a 4-3 Caps victory on November 30, 2006 in Washington...Fedorov's first goal gave him 474 for his career, moving him atop the list for all Russian-born NHL players. Alexander Mogilny is second...Michael Nylander recorded two assists for the Capitals...Both Sloan and Crombeen scored their first NHL goals.
10/25 23:42:36 ET