Elias Lindholm completed his second career triple with a one timer 2:46 into overtime. The Calgary Flames defeated the Washington Capitals 4-3 Saturday.
The Flames won a second consecutive win with Lindholm’s fourth through sixth goals of the season. This came after blowing a 3-0 lead. Washington had already won two consecutive games.
Andrew Mangiapane scored his third goal on the power play to start the scoring for Flames who had regained all their advantage in the first period.
Calgary’s Dan Vladar saved 22 shots and Johnny Gaudreau assisted with two assists. The final feed to Lindholm caught the goaltender Ilya Samuelsonov’s body before it trickled over the line.
Alex Ovechkin scored his fifth goal, and the Capitals had an assist. They remain unbeaten in regulation, but have lost both of their overtime games.
Evgeny Kuznetsov scored his fourth goal to kick off Washington’s comeback. Martin Fehervary also scored his first NHL goal. Ovechkin now has 735 career goals, which puts him six behind Brett Hull for fourth place on the NHL’s list.
To start the second period, Vitek Vanecek was replaced by Samsonov. Before he was defeated in overtime, he stopped 13 consecutive shots.
On either side of the first period, Kuznetsov and Lindholm traded short-handed goals.
The Capitals were down to 3-2 after Fehervary received a pass by Tom Wilson and beat Vladar in his right post, from the opposite faceoff circle.
Ovechkin then leveled the game in the final two minutes, grabbing a loose puck from Vladar after an unforced turn and beating Vladar at his near post on a short break to the left.
Lindholm is just one game away from tying the club record for consecutive goals scored to start the season. Gary Roberts scored in five of the Flames’ first five games of 1989-90.
NOTES: Flames goalie Jacob Markstrom was resting less than 48 hours after making 33 saves during his ninth career shutout. This was a 3-0 win over Detroit on Thursday night. In the first period, Vanecek saved 11 shots for Washington. After scoring three goals on the man advantage in the season opener, the Capitals were unable to score on the power play.
Flames: They continue their trip against the Rangers with the second of two games in New York.
Capitals: Monday, Ottawa