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Backstrom late OT goal gives Capitals 4-3 win over Hurricanes

  • Washington Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom, top left, from Sweden, celebrates with teammates Mike Green (52) and left wing Alex Ovechkin (8), from Russia, after scoring the winning goal with only seconds left in the overtime period of an NHL hockey game against the Carolina Hurricanes, Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014, in Washington. The Capitals won 4-3. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

    Washington Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom, top left, from Sweden, celebrates with teammates Mike Green (52) and left wing Alex Ovechkin (8), from Russia, after scoring the winning goal with only seconds left in the overtime period of an NHL hockey game against the Carolina Hurricanes, Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014, in Washington. The Capitals won 4-3. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)  (The Associated Press)

  • Washington Capitals defenseman Mike Green (52) defends against Carolina Hurricanes center Elias Lindholm (16), from Sweden, in the overtime period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014, in Washington. The Capitals won 4-3. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

    Washington Capitals defenseman Mike Green (52) defends against Carolina Hurricanes center Elias Lindholm (16), from Sweden, in the overtime period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014, in Washington. The Capitals won 4-3. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)  (The Associated Press)

  • Carolina Hurricanes center Elias Lindholm (16), from Sweden, watches as the puck bounces off Washington Capitals goalie Justin Peters (35) in the second period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

    Carolina Hurricanes center Elias Lindholm (16), from Sweden, watches as the puck bounces off Washington Capitals goalie Justin Peters (35) in the second period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)  (The Associated Press)

Nicklas Backstrom scored off the rebound of Alex Ovechkin's shot at 4:46 of overtime to lift the Washington Capitals to a 4-3 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday night.

Ovechkin skated in and let loose a blast from the right point. Anton Khudobin made the save, but the puck went to Backstrom in the left circle, and he fired in his fourth goal of the season.

It was Ovechkin's 400th NHL assist. The Capitals squandered a 3-1 lead in the third period on goals by Carolina's Eric Staal and Justin Faulk

Troy Brouwer, Jay Beagle and Eric Fehr scored for Washington, and John Carlson had two assists. Justin Peters stopped 24 shots in his first game against his former team.

Faulk and Riley Nash each had a goal and an assist for Carolina, which had won four straight. Khudobin made 35 saves.