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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

More from Elias on the stunning defeat

From Elias: The Capitals trailed 2-0 with less than four minutes to play in their game against the Islanders but Troy Brouwer scored twice to tie the score and Alex Ovechkin tallied in overtime to earn Washington a stunning 3-2 victory.  It was only the third time in Capitals history that they won a game in which they trailed by two goals in the final four minutes of the third period. Washington's previous two such comeback wins were at Boston on Dec. 1, 1984 (5-4 in overtime) and at home against Atlanta on Dec. 6, 2002 (7-6 in overtime).

The game against the Bruins in 1984 was the last time before Tuesday's amazing comeback that a Capitals player scored a pair of goals in the final four minutes of the third period to tie a game.  The Washington player who did it back then was Bryan "Butsy" Erickson, with goals at 16:36 and 18:48 of the third period.

Ovechkin's overtime goal was the 11th of his NHL career and his fourth against the Islanders.  Since 2005-06, Ovechkin's first season, he's scored more overtime goals than any other NHL player. Daniel Sedin is second with 10 OT goals over the last seven seasons.>>

Forever1940 is the nom de plume of Eric Hornick, statistician on Islander home telecasts since January 21, 1982. Visit my blog: NYISkinny.com and follow me on Twitter @ehornick

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