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“We wanted to play physical,” Noel said. “I thought that we did. We got good production from our leaders. They stepped up and played and that’s a good thing, so I think we go from there and build on that.”

Oates said the Capitals will be talking about what they need to do as they move forward.

Although they were outhustled in the first, Grabovski opened scoring in the second period with his fourth goal of the season when he swept in and put a loose puck behind Pavelec at 3:11.

Little brought the Jets even with his first goal when he and Ladd broke away short-handed at 7:21. It was the Jets’ second breakaway of the penalty with Evander Kane failing to get past Holtby on a 1-on-1 chance.

“We just didn’t finish,” Kane said of the many scoring chances that didn’t end up in the net. “It’s a good sign to get those breaks and get those opportunities but it was a tough game (to lose) because we did a lot of good things.”

Just over a minute after Little’s goal, Byfuglien fed Clitsome, who slapped in his first goal of the season in from the point to give the Jets the 2-1 lead.

Washington caught a break when Ovechkin broke away at 15:51 to beat Pavelec 1-on-1 to even it at 2-2.

Then Ovechkin was fed off the faceoff beside the Winnipeg net and slipped one through the crowd at 18:02 to give the Capitals the lead, although it didn’t last long.

Wheeler tipped in a shot from Kane with less than a minute left in the period to even it up again.

Brouwer finally connected with a power-play goal just under 5 minutes into the third period. The Jets had successfully shut down the league’s best power play until then.

But Little evened it up again with a wrist shot from the slot at 7:04 as the Jets continued to carry the game to the Washington net.