WASHINGTON — (AP) — Sonny Milano tied the game with less than three minutes left in regulation time, Alex Ovechkin scored the overtime winner for his 790th career goal, and the Washington Capitals beat the Flyers from Philadelphia 3-2 Wednesday night, scoring a four-game losing streak.
The Capitals were on course for a fifth straight loss before Milano beat Felix Sandstrom with 2:58 left in regulation. The game was close to offside, but Philadelphia coach John Tortorella never challenged Washington’s tying goal.
Ovechkin scored on a one-timer of a pass from Dylan Strome 1:04 in OT, lifting the Capitals to their first victory this season in a game that went over regulation. He made Sandstrom the 164th different NHL goaltender he scored on, tying Mark Messier for third in that category, and trailed Gordie Howe 11 goals for second on the career list.
The Flyers lost their eighth straight game, squandering a 1-0, 2-1 lead on soft goals from Morgan Frost and Patrick Brown that Washington’s Darcy Kuemper should have stopped. Sandstrom was brilliant making 29 saves, but his play wasn’t enough to give Philadelphia its first win since Nov. 8.
Marcus Johansson scored a power-play goal for Washington shortly after having one disallowed for kicking the puck into the net. Johansson’s goal that counted was first credited to Ovechkin before replays showed his Swedish teammate touching the puck just before it crossed the goal line.
Each team entered the match due to several players missing through injuries which depleted depth and was one of the reasons for so many losses lately.
The Flyers added forwards Travis Konecny and Scott Laughton to their list of absences which already included James van Riemsdyk, Sean Couturier and Cam Atkinson. The Capitals were again missing Tom Wilson and Nicklas Backstrom, who are recovering from offseason surgeries, as well as defenseman Dmitry Orlov, out for an eighth consecutive game.
Washington winger TJ Oshie returned after missing the last 11 games with what the team called an upper-body injury and played with reckless abandon, throwing his body early and often.
Flyers: Host the interstate rival Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday afternoon.
Capitals: Host the Calgary Flames on Friday afternoon.
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