Tom Wilson scored his second goal of the game 1:09 into overtime and the Capitals of Washington defeated the Ducks 3-2 at Honda Center on Wednesday night.
Martin Fehervary also scored, Darcy Kuemper made 21 saves, and the Capitals won for the second time in three games after a six-game slip.
“If we play together and play for each other, we can win some games,” said Wilson. “I just have to start racking them up, and who knows?”
Trevor Zegras had a goal and an assist, Troy Terry scored for the fourth straight game, and the Ducks had snapped their three-game win streak. John Gibson made 36 saves.
“I thought we were actually better tonight than we were in our last game,” said Ducks coach Dallas Eakins, referring to a 4-2 victory against Chicago on Monday after a four-game trip to the East Coast.
The Capitals needed a win to stay in the crowded Eastern Conference wild card race given their recent struggles, and Wilson made sure they took both points by firing a bouncing puck between Gibson’s legs from TJ Oshie’s centering pass during the extra three -to-three. hockey.
“It just seemed like their guys kind of lost me, and I saw the seas parting, so I thought I’d try to get to the net,” said Wilson. “I just tried to get everything I could out of it, and I think I have to keep it from the feet to the bottom of his legs, but we’ll take it.”
Wilson scored eight seconds into the third for a 2–1 lead, burying a one-timer in the slot after Trevor van Riemsdyk pecked a poor clearance attempt on the blue line.
Zegras scored 20 goals for the second season in a row as he tied the score at 2-2 and reached for Mason McTavish’s rebound at 4:17 shortly after a power play ended.
Zegras was benched late in the second period after receiving an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for yelling at the umpires, but Eakins was pleased with the way Zegras “brought his emotion back” to the ice after the external and internal discipline.
“He has a huge passion for the game,” said Eakins. “He cares, and we’re just trying to get those emotions into his game and not into the referees.”