Instant analysis of the Capitals’ 6-5 overtime win against the Detroit Red Wings Sunday afternoon at Verizon Center:
How it happened: The Capitals blew leads of 2-0, 3-1 and 4-2 but were rescued by Alex Ovechkin, who cranked an overtime slapshot past Jimmy Howard 2:37 into the extra period. The Caps were on a 4-on-3 power play because of a tripping minor drawn by Caps right wing Troy Broewer. Ovechkin hammered a cross-ice feed from John Carlson over Howard’s right shoulder.
What it means: The Caps moved within one point of the Red Wings in the Eastern Conference standings with 59 points, one out of a playoff spot.
Ny-trick: With injured teammate Johan Franzen ruled out for the Swedish Olympic team, Gustav Nyquist picked a good time to net his first career hat trick. Nyquist now has eight goals in his last seven games.
By the numbers: Carlson set a career high with his 10th goal of the season, a first-period power play blast from the high slot. Joel Ward matched his career high with his 17th goal of the season. He and Jason Chimera finished with three points.
Save of the night: Michal Neuvirth snatched a Tomas Tatar breakaway attempt out of the air to preserve a 3-1 lead early in the second period.
Hustle play of the game: It was a small play at the time, but Jason Chimera waved off an icing in the first period when he outraced a Detroitdefenseman to the puck after a tiring shift by the Capitals’ defensemen.
Volpatti injured: Aaron Volpatti left the game early in the second period with what appeared to be an arm injury. He returned to take one shift in the third period as Adam Oates shortened his bench.
Scouting report: Among the pro scouts in attendance were Steve Leach of the Calgary Flames, Rob Murphy of the Ottawa Senators and Lucien Deblois of the Vancouver Canucks.
Look ahead: The Caps will be given a complete day of on Monday and will continue their pre-Olympic four-game homestand Tuesday night against the New York Islanders.