For 56 minutes Tuesday night, the Washington Capitals simply couldn’t find a way to put a puck past New York Islanders netminder Evgeni Nabokov. With time waning, they stood down two goals and risked falling behind in a race for the postseason where every set of points is precious.
But just when the game might have slipped away, the Capitals broke through.
Troy Brouwer, who entered the contest on a 13-game scoring drought, recorded a pair of goals in the final 3 minutes 29 seconds of regulation to force overtime. In extra time, Alex Ovechkin sealed a 3-2 win in the dramatic fashion only he can provide with a rocket of a shot between Nabokov’s legs.