Tim Stapleton scored 2:37 into overtime, and the Winnipeg Jets rallied from three goals down and kept themselves in the playoff hunt with a 4-3 victory over the rope-a-dope Washington Capitals on Friday night.
Spencer Machacek scored his first NHL goal with 3:45 remaining in regulation to tie it, and the Jets went on to break a two-game losing streak and pull within four points of the final postseason spot in the Eastern Conference.
Alex Ovechkin scored two goals for the Capitals, who had been 22-0-0 when leading after two. But this time they took protecting a one-goal lead to the extreme, hunkering in their own end for nearly the entire third period.
Washington didn't take a shot on goal for the first 16 minutes of the third. It was only after Machacek had tied it that the Capitals played offense and forced Ondrej Pavelec to make a save. The final shot tally for the period was 17-2.
Washington earned a standings point with the overtime loss and is tied on points for eighth ...