Alex Ovechkin's overtime goal lifts Capitals to win over Blue Jackets

Ding dong the goal less drought is dead

Alex Ovechkin, Washington Capitals
Alex Ovechkin, Washington Capitals / Kirk Irwin/GettyImages

The Washington Capitals defeated the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-2 in overtime for their thrid win in a row behind two goals from Anthony Mantha, a game winner from Alex Ovechkin, and 32 saves from Charlie Lindgren.

Mantha struck on the power play at 18:24 on a tip in from an Alex Ovechkin shot off a pass from John Carlson. 1-0 Caps was the score after one and the Caps led in shots 10-7 in the first period.

Cole Sillinger tied it at 15:18. At 17:24 the Caps retook the lead with Mantha's second goal of the game and his ninth of the season on a shot up the middle with Aliaksei Protas and John Carlson with the assist.

The Caps led 2-1 after two while the Blue Jackets outshot them 16-11 in the second period. In the third period Yegor Chinakhov tied it at 12:49. It was 2-2 after regulation with the Blue Jackets outshooting the Caps 11-5 in the thrid period.

In overtime the Caps outshot the Blue Jackets 6-2 while they were outshot 36-32 overall. In the extra session Tom Wilson got into it with Elvis Merzlikins with the Blue Jackets goalie throwing punches at him.

On the power play the Caps got the win from Alex Ovechkin. It ended a goal less drought that lasted a tad bit over a month as his last goal was also against the Blue Jackets.

It was a shot from the office and was his sixth goal of the season and 828th of his career to put him 66 goals behind Wayne Gretzky. Ovechkin is already the all time leader in overtime goals. It was also his 900th goal of his career in the regular season and playoffs combined. Dylan Strome and John Carlson assisted.

The Caps have one more game before the Christmas holiday break this Saturday night at Capital One Arena against the Tampa Bay Lightning.