Once again, the Capitals quick-strike ability has returned. This time, it was their superstar that got it done. Alex Ovechkin's 16th goal of the season tied the Capitals' game against the Flyers at two with just under 11 minutes remaining, and the two teams will now go to overtime.
The Capitals cut the lead to 2-1 after a really bad turnover by the Flyers at the 12:02 mark, and tied it 40 seconds later. First, Marcus Johansson got a stick on a clearing attempt and raced into goal. His point-blank shot nicked the post, but Mike Knuble crashed the net and put it in while dislodging the goal. Then, the Flyers turned it over again, and we saw a sight that hasn't been very familiar: Nicklas Backstrom finding Ovechkin across the crease for the goal. The goal went under review because Ovechkin may have scored with his hand, but the referee determined that the shot hit a Flyers defender before it went into the net, making it legal.
The Flyers nearly took the lead again with 5:50 to go. Mike Richards streaked up the left side and made a beautiful spin move, but Semyon Varlamov kicked away his backhand attempt. Forty seconds later, Johansson made a spectacular pass to set up Matt Hendricks, but Sergei Bobrovsky made a fantastic glove save.
On the ensuing Flyers face-off, the Capitals nearly gave it all away. The Flyers threw a shot on net from the corner that deflected off Varlamov and Mike Green. The puck trickled back toward the net, but Varlamov managed to stop it by doing a split, preventing a crushing own goal.
Ovechkin nearly ended the game in the Caps' favor two minutes later, successfully executing a curl-and-drag move to get it to his backhand. At the last minute, though, he lost control, and crashed into the net without getting a shot off. Varlamov then survived a flurry of Flyers shots in the final two minutes to seal overtime.