Ovechkin is good, but Oates says he can be better

Ovechkin is good, but Oates says he can be better
December 15, 2013, 7:30 pm
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Ovechkin: 'I think we had luck on our side today'

(Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports)

Admit it -- these comebacks are stretching the limits of the imagination.

Five days after erasing a three-goal deficit in an electrifying 6-5 shootout win over the Tampa Bay Lightning, the Cardiac Caps were at it again Sunday afternoon.

Trailing 4-1 with 16:28 remaining in regulation, the Capitals received third-period goals from Mike Green, Dmitry Orlov and Alex Ovechkin  -- the final one with 48 seconds remaining – to pull off a death-defying 5-4 win over the Philadelphia Flyers.

It marked the third time this season the Capitals have erased a three-goal deficit for a victory.

They also did it in their home-opening 5-4 win over the Calgary Flames.

The common denominator in all three comebacks?

Alex Ovechkin.

The Caps’ 28-year-old captain netted two goals in that win over Calgary, four goals in that win over Tampa and sent Sunday’s game into overtime with his league-leading 27th goal of the season.

“To be honest, I missed my shot,” Ovechkin said. “It’s kind of funny, but it was a perfect miss. I’ll take it and the team will take it.”

[RELATED: Analysis of Washington's comeback shootout win over Philadelphia]

Capitals coach Adam Oates was asked if there is anything more he’s learning about Ovechkin, who seems to thrive on the dramatic.

“A guy who’s a goal scorer, when you go to the right spot you’re going to get them,” he said. “There’s a unique quality about the guy that he gets that puck that far out and he finds a lane to get it through.

“Obviously, we’re very happy about it and I think there’s room for his game to grow. I do. He can be a more complete player, even though he’s an incredible sniper.”

While Ovechkin ensured the Caps would get one point out of Sunday’s comeback, Eric Fehr and Nicklas Backstrom made sure they got two.

Fehr’s shootout attempt went off the left shoulder of Flyers goalie Steve Mason and rolled over the goal line to give him his fifth shootout goal of the season on five attempt.

Backstrom’s goal, which came on a snap shot to the other side of Mason, was his sixth in nine attempts. The Capitals’ eight shootout wins are the most in the NHL and the most in franchise history.