WASHINGTON -- First game back from a long road trip. Early season, midweek matchup against an opponent that doesn't exactly fire up the masses.
The conditions combined to create a low-energy performance from the Washington Capitals, and that's exactly what it was at times Tuesday night.
Nevertheless, they rallied when it mattered. Mikhail Grabovski's 100th NHL goal tied the game with 1:45 remaining in regulation, and Alex Ovechkin put in a rebound 1:34 into overtime for a 4-3 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets.
"I think maybe we were a little tired. Maybe the trip caught up to us a bit," Washington coach Adam Oates said. "We played better early than I thought we were going to, and then I think it just showed itself. ... A little frustrating at times because we had easier plays than we were making, which is maybe mental fatigue. But obviously to figure out a way to get it done is still a good thing as well," (see full recap).
Devils snap Rangers' winning streak
NEW YORK -- New Jersey's Martin Brodeur outdueled Rangers counterpart Henrik Lundqvist, and that wasn't lost on New York coach Alain Vigneault.
Brodeur, the winningest goalie in NHL history, gutted out a 3-2 Devils victory over Lundqvist and the Rangers on Tuesday night. New Jersey took three one-goal leads and made the last one stick after Dainius Zubrus scored with 2:55 remaining.
"We tied it up in the third, and we got unfortunate on all their three goals," Vigneault said. "Their goaltender made some big saves at key times," (see full recap).
Panthers upend Ducks to halt skid
SUNRISE, Fla. -- When the Florida Panthers fell behind by two goals in the first period to the top team in the NHL, it appeared they were on their way to yet another loss.
Instead, they scored three unanswered goals and Tim Thomas stopped 24 shots in the final two periods to help Florida snap a nine-game losing streak Tuesday night with a 3-2 victory over the Anaheim Ducks.
Brad Boyes scored the tiebreaking goal early in the third and Thomas made 32 saves overall. Scottie Upshall and Shawn Matthias also scored for the Panthers, who earned their first win under new coach Peter Horachek and ended Anaheim's five-game winning streak (see full recap).