Alex Ovechkin scored his second objective of the video game as part of a four-point night while on the power play in overtime as the Washington Capitals defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-3 on Tuesday.
John Carlson likewise scored twice for Washington (9-2-3). Nicklas Backstrom included three assists, while Braden Holtby made 27 stops.
Auston Matthews, with 2 goals and an assist, and Andreas Johnsson replied for Toronto (6-5-3), which got 30 saves from Frederik Andersen.
The Capitals went on the guy advantage 21 seconds into the extra period when William Nylander tripped Tom Wilson.
Washington set up camp in Toronto's zone, with Ovechkin, Backstrom and Carlson all firing away, however couldn't discover a winner.
Mitch Marner then high-sticked Carlson one second before Nylander's penalty expired, keeping the Leafs on the charge kill.
Ovechkin scored his 11th on a bullet one-timer from his trademarked spot in the left face-off circle at the four-minute mark of the extra duration.
Special groups struggles
Toronto got a power play-- its eighth of the night-- with 3 minutes to go in the 3rd duration when Capitals defenceman Radko Gudas was whistled for hold-up of game after driving Alexander Kerfoot into the Washington objective.
Matthews, Nylander and Kasperi Kapanen all had excellent opportunities with man advantage, but Holtby existed at every turn to force overtime.
Tied 2-2 after 40 minutes, Matthews put Toronto ahead early in the third when the Leafs centre buried his 11th overall. Toronto's power play had been 0 for 6 prior to finally linking when he took a pass from Nylander and ripped a shot upstairs at 1:46 of the third.
The goal followed Wilson took a perform at Toronto defenceman Tyson Barrie, drawing an action from Leafs fourth-liner Frederik Gauthier.
However the Capitals connected things at 4:10 when T.J. Oshie stepped previous Leafs blue-liner Morgan Rielly-- who logged big minutes with his group down to 5 defencemen after Wilson took Jake Muzzin out with a hit in the first-- and fed Ovechkin for his 10th.
The Capitals entered 5-0-1 over their last 6-- consisting of 3-0-1 on a season-long five-game roadway journey that took them through western Canada before covering up at Scotiabank Arena-- and an NHL-best 6-1-1 mark away from home.
Struggling to discover traction early in the season, Toronto was coming off Saturday's 5-2 loss at Montreal in 2nd half of a back-to-back following Friday's 4-1 home win versus San Jose. Washington, on the other hand, rebounded from a 5-1 deficit late in the second duration to beat Vancouver 6-5 in a shootout Friday.
Ovechkin strolls the walk
Ovechkin, who sustained duplicated playoff failures prior to finally breaking through with his franchise's very first Stanley Cup in 2018, called the Leafs out for their technique in what has actually overall been a sputtering start to the season after Tuesday's early morning skate.
"They're still a young group of men, hopefully they're going to find out," said Washington's 34-year-old captain. "But it's up to them how they want to do it. If they want to bet themselves or if they want to win the Stanley Cup, they have to play differently."
The Leafs, who played their league-leading ninth house video game, responded by opening the scoring simply 40 seconds into the very first when Matthews found Johnsson in front and he ripped his 4th upstairs on Holtby.
The Capitals got level at 10:47 after the Leafs were captured running around in their own zone. Ovechkin whipped a pass throughout the ice that Carlson let bounce off the boards prior to one-timing a laser beam into the top corner on Andersen from the best face-off dot for his sixth objective and eye-popping 22nd point of October.
Toronto had a fantastic opportunity on a 5-on-3 power play for 43 seconds, but could not connect after utilizing its timeout to keep the No. 1 system fresh.
Washington got a two-man benefit of its own in the 2nd and made it count when Carlson took a feed from Ovechkin and blasted his seventh-- and 23rd point-- past a powerless Andersen to make it 2-1 at 7:59.
The 29-year-old Carlson completed the month two points shy of the record of 25 by a defenceman in October set by Al MacInnis in 1990.
Washington, which beat Toronto 4-3 in the house on Oct. 16, appeared set to head to intermission up an objective, but Matthews tied it relatively out of nowhere with 32.9 on a slick deflection of Barrie's shot between the legs and into the top corner.
Toronto defenceman Travis Dermott played his first video game of 2019-20 after shoulder surgery for an injury sustained in the Leafs' first-round loss to Boston last spring. Head coach Mike Babcock stated he anticipates captain John Tavares, who broke a finger late because earlier loss to Washington, to make his return before winger and linemate Zach Hyman (knee).