Alex Ovechkin scored twice to help Washington overcome an early three-goal deficit, and Chris Clark netted the winner in overtime, leading the Capitals to a 4-3 victory over the Ottawa Senators on Monday night in Washington.
Ovechkin scored a power-play goal with 24.4 seconds left in regulation to tie it. Ottawa defenseman Chris Phillips was whistled for tripping with 1:03 to play and the visitors clinging to a 3-2 lead.
Clark then scored 1:33 into the extra period off an assist from Alexander Semin, who also assisted on both of Ovechkin's goals. The reigning Calder Trophy winner as the league's top rookie redirected a shot by Semin 7:56 into the second period to cut Washington's deficit to one goal.
Ottawa led 3-0 less than 12 minutes into the game, chasing Washington goalie Olie Kolzig after only five shots.
Dany Heatley and Antoine Vermette also scored and Andrej Meszaros had two assists in that spurt, which prompted Washington coach Glen Hanlon to call timeout and yank Kolzig, replacing him with backup Brent Johnson.
It was Kolzig's shortest outing since March 8, 2003, when he allowed three goals in 10 minutes against Boston.
The Senators have lost four straight to fall to 5-7-1 with 40 goals; at the same point a year ago, Ottawa was 11-2 with 64 goals.
The Senators held a closed-door meeting after their last game, but it didn't help and Ottawa's unbeaten streak at Washington ended after eight games, dating to the 2001-02 season.
THRASHERS 5, BRUINS 3: At Atlanta, Ilya Kovalchuk scored three power-play goals on blistering shots, Johan Hedberg won his third straight start and Atlanta defeated Boston.
LIGHTNING 5, ISLANDERS 1: At Uniondale, N.Y., childhood friends Martin St. Louis and Eric Perrin teamed up for the tiebreaking power-play goal in the second period that sent Tampa Bay to a slump-busting victory over New York.
MAPLE LEAFS 4, FLYERS 1: At Toronto, Nik Antropov, Alexei Ponikarovsky and Tomas Kaberle scored in the third period to lead Toronto past sagging Philadelphia.
CANUCKS 2, STARS 1: At Vancouver, British Columbia, Taylor Pyatt scored a power-play goal with 44.7 seconds left in the third period, sending the Vancouver Canucks to a win over the Dallas Stars.
DUCKS 3, PENGUINS 2, OT: At Anaheim, Calif., Teemu Selanne scored a power-play goal 44 seconds into overtime after drawing a tripping penalty from Noah Welch, and the Anaheim Ducks extended their fast start with a victory.