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The expected happened for the Capitals on Thursday night. Star winger Alex Ovechkin scored the game-winning goal in a 4-2 victory over the Winnipeg Jets at Verizon Center. It was the 66th time Ovechkin has scored a game winner in his career, tied for eighth among all active NHL players. But it took the unexpected to even give him the chance.
Battling a hot Winnipeg team, the Caps battled back from behind in the 3rd period on the strength of veteran stars and young players to beat the Jets.
The left half of the net was wide open for Troy Brouwer. When he missed badly, putting his shot wide, he was so exasperated that he slumped his shoulders and looked to the rafters as play continued.
With three games remaining before the Olympic break, Capitals defenseman Mike Green is likely to shut it down until after the Winter Games.
Only one goal was scored Tuesday night, but the Islanders found the back of the net in the 3rd period that cost the Caps valuable points.
The Capitals have had trouble holding leads this season. The Islanders have rallied back from two goals for eight wins.
Opportunities were plentiful for the Washington Capitals on Tuesday, but they failed to take advantage of them. And while the New York Islanders also failed to capitalize on many of their own breaks, they needed only one to go their way. A slap shot from the right point by defenseman Andrew MacDonald early in the third period broke a scoreless tie, leading to the Islanders' 1-0 defeat of the Capitals at Verizon Center.
Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby and coach Adam Oates address recent performances between the pipes.
For the second time in three days, Alex Ovechkin scored his NHL-leading 39th goal late against the Detroit Red Wings.