Sparked by Ovechkin, Washington rallies past Oilers

Towson men beat Hampton, 82-74

December 21, 2009|By Sports Digest

Alex Ovechkin scored his 22nd and 23rd goals early in the third period and Tomas Fleischmann added the go-ahead goal in the Washington Capitals' 4-2 comeback victory over the host Edmonton Oilers on Saturday night. "I challenged him and started him right off the bat in the third and he came through," Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau said. "The reason he is the best player in the planet is that instead of going, 'Woe is me, why is the coach yelling at me?' he took up the challenge and said, 'I'll show you' and got three points and led us to the victory." Ovechkin drew the Capitals within a goal at 32 seconds of the third, then tied it at 6:37 with a sharp-angle shot that eluded goalie Jeff Deslauriers. Fleischmann gave Washington the lead with 6:47 left, and Ovechkin helped set up Nicklas Backstrom's goal with 3:41 to play. Michal Neuvirth made 26 saves for his first victory in three games this season. The Capitals (22-8-6) reached 50 points in a franchise-record 36 games. The previous record of 37 games was set in 1984-85 - before the NHL started awarding points for losses after regulation.

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