NHL

Capitals lose 3-goal lead, recover to beat Bruins in OT

  • Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8), of Russia, handles the puck past Boston Bruins center Tim Schaller (59) and Washington Capitals center Evgeny Kuznetsov (92), of Russia, during second period of an NHL hockey game, Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016, in Washington. (AP Photo/Molly Riley)

    Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8), of Russia, handles the puck past Boston Bruins center Tim Schaller (59) and Washington Capitals center Evgeny Kuznetsov (92), of Russia, during second period of an NHL hockey game, Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016, in Washington. (AP Photo/Molly Riley)  (The Associated Press)

  • Washington Capitals left wing Daniel Winnik (26) celebrates his goal against the Boston Bruins during second period of an NHL hockey game, Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016, in Washington. (AP Photo/Molly Riley)

    Washington Capitals left wing Daniel Winnik (26) celebrates his goal against the Boston Bruins during second period of an NHL hockey game, Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016, in Washington. (AP Photo/Molly Riley)  (The Associated Press)

  • Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8), of Russia, hits the wall in front of Boston Bruins defenseman Brandon Carlo (25) during second period of an NHL hockey game, Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016, in Washington. (AP Photo/Molly Riley)

    Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8), of Russia, hits the wall in front of Boston Bruins defenseman Brandon Carlo (25) during second period of an NHL hockey game, Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016, in Washington. (AP Photo/Molly Riley)  (The Associated Press)

Nicklas Backstrom scored 1:36 into overtime, helping the Washington Capitals beat the Boston Bruins 4-3 after blowing a three-goal lead Wednesday night.

Justin Williams scored twice and Daniel Winnik also had a goal to put Washington ahead 3-0 about six minutes into the second period.

After Winnik's tally, Washington went over 26 minutes without a shot on goal. Boston dominated the final five minutes of the second period, when Dominic Moore and David Pastrnak beat goaltender Braden Holtby. Colin Miller's power-play score 8:19 into third tied it at 3.

Boston arrived in Washington 4-0-1 over its last five games with three wins in a row, including a 4-3 overtime triumph against Florida on Monday night.

Evgeny Kuznetsov had two assists for the Capitals and Alex Ovechkin got his first point since Nov. 26.

Boston outshot Washington 34-20. The Capitals have won two straight following a three-game losing skid.