Washington, DC (SportsNetwork.com) - Alex Ovechkin scored a power-play goal 2:37 into overtime to lift the Washington Capitals to a wild 6-5 win over the Detroit Red Wings at Verizon Center.
Red Wings defenseman Brendan Smith was called for tripping at the 1:26 mark of the extra session. The Capitals moved the puck around and John Carlson fed Ovechkin for a one-timer from the left circle.
Ovechkin's league-leading 39th goal of the season gave Washington a split of this home-and-home set.
Joel Ward registered two goals and one assist and Jason Chimera added a goal and two helpers for the Capitals, who overcame blowing a trio of two-goal leads to win for only the third time in their last 12 games.
Detroit's Gustav Nyquist posted his first career hat trick and picked up an assist on Justin Abdelkader's goal that tied the game at 5-5 in the third period.
The Red Wings beat Washington at home in a shootout on Friday to snap a two- game losing streak.