Capitals win thriller against Red Wings in overtime to stay afloat in playoff hunt

In the biggest Caps vs. Red Wings game in Chinatown since the barn opened, this time it was DC that came out on top
Dylan Strome, Washington Capitals
Dylan Strome, Washington Capitals / Scott Taetsch/GettyImages

In another back and fourth contest that resulted in overtime, the second one inside Capital One Arena in the span of four days, the Washington Capitals once again came out on top. The hero was Dylan Strome and the Detroit Red Wings would fall victim by a final of 4-3.

The Red Wings were a team that made things complicated for the Caps a month ago but this win by the home team tonight makes it complicated on those from the Motor City.

The fiirst period was scoreless as shots were even at seven apiece. The Caps were outhsot 20-12 in the second and yes the goals came. Fans had to wait until the third on Sunday but not on Tuesday night.

Nic Dowd struck first for the hosts with his ninth goal of the season at 2:09. Nick Jensen and Beck Malenstyn had the assists. Alex DeBrincat tied it at 4:53 while David Perron struck on the power play at 19:17 to put the Caps in a 2-1 hole entering the third period.

35 seconds in, Connor McMichael would save the day with his 17th goal of the season. T.J. Oshie and Martin Fehervary had the assists. Strome gave the Caps the lead at 4:49 with a backhander as John Carlson and Max Pacioretty assisted there.

Patrick Kane would tie it at 14:40. The Caps led in shots 9-6 in the third period as the game would require overtime. In the extra session the Caps led in shots 2-0 while trailing 33-30 overall but it was Strome's shot that would win the game.

It came at 1:55 on a tap in right by the net set up by Carlson. Hendrix Lapierre had the secondary assist.

The win keeps the Caps afloat at 81 points in the second wild card spot but now they're just one point back of the Flyers for third in the Metro Division.