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In the third period, however, Washington got the pivotal goal.

“What I liked about the tying goal is it took a lot of hard work,” Capitals coach Adam Oates said. “We fought through a lot of frustration because they were giving you nothing. It was hard to get shots to the net.”

The Wild outshot the Capitals 12-5 in a first period that produced one power-play goal from each team.

Less than 20 seconds after Minnesota’s Nate Prosser was sent to the penalty box for cross checking, Ovechkin scored from the left circle off a pass from Backstrom at 8:10.

It was the third power-play goal in two games for Ovechkin, who needs only four more to break Peter Bondra’s franchise record of 137.

Coyle scored against the league’s most effective penalty-killing unit with just over two minutes left in the period. Zach Parise got an assist on the play to extend his point-scoring streak to four games.