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WASHINGTON — A pair of teams that squandered third-period leads before winning in overtime on Thursday will face off when the Florida Panthers visit the Washington Capitals on Saturday night.
Washington squandered a 3-0 third-period lead before dominating the overtime session and picking up its fourth straight win on Alex Ovechkin’s power-play goal, his second tally of the game.
On Tuesday night, also against Winnipeg, Washington surrendered a 2-0, third period lead before winning in the final minute of regulation.
“We’ve just got to work on our consistency a little bit,” Capitals coach Barry Trotz said after Thursday’s win. “I knew that at some point we were going to have a little bit of a flat period, but we were able to battle through it. When you’re not playing your best you find ways to win and we did.”
For Ovechkin, who also assisted on linemate Nicklas Backstrom’s goal, it was his 18th overtime tally, one behind Florida’s Jaromir Jagr for first place all-time. It was Ovechkin’s 91st game winner — tying him with Wayne Gretzky and Mark Recchi for 16th all-time — and the Capitals improved to 7-2-1, good for second place in the Metropolitan Division.
“We’ve had some early success, we’ve got a pretty good record, but we’re not really happy with the last game,” Tom Wilson told the Capitals’ website. “We’ve got to continue to develop our game and eliminate certain bad stuff from our game.”
Florida (5-5-1) lost four of six but picked up two points when Vincent Trocheck’s second goal of the game, with 43 seconds left in overtime, lifted the Panthers to a 4-3 victory over the Devils.
“We definitely needed to get back on