NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Brooks Laich tipped in Alex Ovechkin's slap shot at 1:44 of overtime, and the Washington Capitals rallied to beat the Nashville Predators 3-2 on Saturday night.
The Capitals trailed 2-0 heading into the third, but Alexander Semin and Tomas Fleischman scored to force overtime.
In the extra period, Ovechkin drew a tripping penalty on defenseman Ryan Suter. Less than a minute later, Ovechkin took a shot out near the blue line, and Laich redirected it past Anders Lindback for his third goal this season.
J.P. Dumont and Jordin Tootoo scored for Nashville.
Steve Sullivan had a chance to get a dramatic win for the Predators in the final seconds of regulation. He tried wrapping around the post only to be stopped by Michal Neuvirth, sending Nashville to its first loss.
Nashville outshot the Capitals 30-20 the first 40 minutes. Patric Hornqvist and Shea Weber each banged one off a post.
The Capitals finally got going in the third. Semin had a power-play score at 4:33 for his second goal of the season and No. 150 in his career. Fleischmann tied it at 12:14, converting a wrister from up front.
Ovechkin, who entered with four goals and seven points, took over in overtime, powering the Capitals to their fourth consecutive victory since dropping the season opener at Atlanta.
Nashville hosted the Capitals for the first time in 19 months, but they played twice in the preseason with the Predators wrapping up with a 3-0 exhibition win in Washington.
The Predators opened up where they left off against the defending President's Trophy winners, outshooting the Capitals 18-7 in the first period. Dumont gave the the Predators the lead, beating Neuvirth from the right circle at 17:07.
Nashville extended its lead to two when Tootoo scored from the far boards with a wrister originally called a tip-in by Joel Ward. But the puck redirected off Washington defenseman Brian Fahey's left skate and past Neuvirth at 5:32 of the second, giving Tootoo his first goal this season.
NOTES: Capitals D Mike Green was scratched with an upper-body injury suffered Wednesday night. D Tom Poti also was scratched with a lower body injury. So the Capitals recalled Fahey from Hershey of the AHL. ... Sullivan did not score, shut out for his first game this season after having four goals in the first three. ... Lindback picked up his first loss filling in for Pekka Rinne, who is expected back Tuesday against Calgary after missing three games with a lower body injury.