Shea Theodore scored 1:35 into overtime as the Vegas Golden Knights rallied for their fifth consecutive victory, edging the host Washington Capitals 3-2 on Tuesday night.
Theodore cut to the net and took a pass from Jack Eichel in the slot and then fired a wrist shot past Capitals backup goaltender Charlie Lindgren for his third goal of the season. It was Theodore’s eighth career overtime goal, seven of which have come with the Golden Knights.
Eichel and William Carrier also scored goals and Alex Pietrangelo had three assists for Vegas. Logan Thompson finished with 19 saves for the Golden Knights, who were playing the first game of a five-game Eastern Conference road trip.
Marcus Johansson and Trevor van Riemsdyk scored goals and Dylan Strome added two assists for Washington. Lindgren stopped 28 of 31 shots for the Capitals, who were playing the second game of a back-to-back that began with a 3-2 shootout loss at Carolina on Monday.
Washington jumped out to a 1-0 lead at the 3:39 mark of the first period on a power-play goal by Johansson. Strome set the goal up with a short pass to the bottom of the left circle, where Johansson fired a one-timer over Thompson’s shoulder.
The Golden Knights tied it 1-1 near the end of the period on a power-play goal by Eichel, who ripped a wrist shot from the top of the right circle past Lindgren’s blocker side for his fifth goal of the season.
The Capitals regained the lead at the 1:01 mark of the second period on a wrist shot from the left point through traffic by van Riemsdyk. It was the first goal of the season for the Washington defenseman.
Carrier tied it 2-2 with 5:56 left in the third period with a wrist shot from the side of the left circle off the far post and in for his second goal of the season.
Washington nearly won it in dramatic fashion at the end of regulation, but Garnet Hathaway’s backhand shot went in about a second after time had expired.
–Field Level Media