WASHINGTON (AP) — John Carlson scored the shootout winner and the Washington Capitals beat the Minnesota Wild 3-2 on Friday night.
Dylan Strome and Tom Wilson scored in regulation for the Capitals (3-3-1), who have won two consecutive games.
Ryan Hartman’s third-period tally and fourth goal in three games helped secure a point for Minnesota (3-4-1), which has now lost four of its last five games.
Special teams, which had plagued Washington to start the season, proved to be the difference maker for the Capitals.
After Marco Rossi opened the scoring for Minnesota just 2:17 minutes in, Wilson tied things at 1 at 9:49 of the first period with a short-handed goal.
Then, near the end of the opening period, Alex Ovechkin found Strome for his team-leading fifth goal of this season on the power play to make it 2-1. Washington now has power-play goals in three straight games after going 0-for-15 to start the year.
Ovechkin had also scored in the second period, but what would have been his 825th career goal was overturned after a coach’s challenge determined the play was offside. Ovechkin, who had an assist, now has points in five straight games.
Minnesota continued to struggle on the power play and penalty kill, as the team went 0 for 2 on the man advantage and has now gone five straight games without a power-play goal while also surrendering a power-play goal in each game over that span.
At 1:16 of the third period, Hartman intercepted Martin Fehervary’s point shot and went on the breakaway, where he deked to his backhand to beat Darcy Kuemper and make it 2-2 to force overtime.
The shootout went seven rounds, with Carlson finally beating Marc-Andre Fleury. Kuemper was perfect in the shootout and made 39 saves for his second win of the season. Fleury had 31 saves for the Wild.
Wild: Visit New Jersey on Sunday in the first of a home-and-home series with the Devils.
Capitals: Host the San Jose Sharks on Sunday.