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Ovechkin's OT marker sends Caps over Blue Jackets

Washington, DC (SportsNetwork.com) - Alex Ovechkin scored on a rebound 94 seconds into overtime, lifting the Washington Capitals to a 4-3 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday night.

Ovechkin's winner came after Mikhail Grabovski scored the tying goal with 1:45 left in regulation.

Joel Ward had a short-handed goal and John Carlson also scored for the Caps, who have won five in a row over the Blue Jackets. Braden Holtby had 24 saves.

Brandon Dubinsky scored shorthanded and Jared Boll and Cam Atkinson also lit the lamp for Columbus, which has dropped five in a row on the road and six of its last seven overall.

Columbus defenseman James Wisniewski tried to pinch Marcus Johansson against the left boards but Johansson got free for a backhand shot on Sergei Bobrovsky that was blocked.

Ovechkin was there for the rebound, scoring his 14th of the season as the Caps snapped a two-game losing streak.

Bobrovsky had 30 saves for the Blue Jackets.

"JoJo (Johansson) did a great job to fight through it. And after that I have to go to the net and find a rebound," said Ovechkin. "I get a lucky puck, (it) bounces right to my stick, and we go.

"It's always nice to score, and (with an) overtime goal you can feel your best."

The Capitals took a 2-1 lead on Ward's short-handed goal 8:56 into the third period after Bobrovsky misplayed the puck, but the Blue Jackets quickly went up 3-2.

Boll got a piece of Wisniewski's slap shot from the high right side with 8:38 to go, and Atkinson got behind Mike Green for a breakaway after the puck hopped over the Capitals defenseman's stick, making it 3-2 with 5:41 remaining.

As it turned out, that was enough time for Washington to tie it, which is what Grabovski did when he collected a rebound on the low right side and beat Bobrovsky under the crossbar on the near side.

"That's a playoff game," said Capitals coach Adam Oates. "It just happens to be now, but we need these points, and you have to put yourself into position. Hockey is getting that way every night. We've been talking about that for two weeks. Every night it's a grind."

Bobrovsky took a delay-of-game minor for sending the puck over the glass and the Blue Jackets went up 1-0 in the second period on Dubinsky's short-handed goal.

Dubinsky beat Troy Brouwer for the puck behind the net after a dump-in, went around the goal to Bobrovsky's right, shifted to his backhand and beat the goalie under the glove 7:50 into the period for his fifth of the season.

"We battled pretty hard," said Dubinsky.

Columbus defenseman Dalton Prout was backtracking, the puck behind him, when Martin Erat reached around him and poked a pass to Carlson, who scored his fourth goal of the season to tie the game with six minutes left in the second period.

Game Notes

Columbus plays at Boston on Thursday ... Washington next plays at Detroit on Friday ... The Blue Jackets' last win in the series came Nov. 1, 2009, in overtime.

11/12 23:42:53 ET

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Atlantic Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
p-Boston 54 19 9 117 261 177 31-7-3 23-12-6 18-9-3
x-Tampa Bay 46 27 9 101 240 215 25-10-6 21-17-3 19-8-3
x-Montreal 46 28 8 100 215 204 23-13-5 23-15-3 18-8-4
x-Detroit 39 28 15 93 222 230 18-13-10 21-15-5 17-8-5
Ottawa 37 31 14 88 236 265 18-17-6 19-14-8 14-9-7
Toronto 38 36 8 84 231 256 24-16-1 14-20-7 14-13-3
Florida 29 45 8 66 196 268 16-20-5 13-25-3 13-16-1
Buffalo 21 51 10 52 157 248 13-21-7 8-30-3 7-18-5
 
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y-Pittsburgh 51 24 7 109 249 207 28-9-4 23-15-3 20-8-2
x-NY Rangers 45 31 6 96 218 193 20-17-4 25-14-2 16-11-3
x-Philadelphia 42 30 10 94 236 235 24-14-3 18-16-7 15-11-4
x-Columbus 43 32 7 93 231 216 22-15-4 21-17-3 16-13-1
Washington 38 30 14 90 235 240 21-13-7 17-17-7 12-15-3
New Jersey 35 29 18 88 197 208 21-11-9 14-18-9 16-9-5
Carolina 36 35 11 83 207 230 18-17-6 18-18-5 15-13-2
NY Islanders 34 37 11 79 225 267 13-19-9 21-18-2 10-16-4
 
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2013 - 2014 NHL Western Conference Standings
 
Central Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
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x-St. Louis 52 23 7 111 248 191 28-9-4 24-14-3 21-6-2
x-Chicago 46 21 15 107 267 220 27-7-7 19-14-8 13-13-3
x-Minnesota 43 27 12 98 207 206 26-10-5 17-17-7 14-12-3
x-Dallas 40 31 11 91 235 228 23-11-7 17-20-4 13-11-5
Nashville 38 32 12 88 216 242 19-17-5 19-15-7 12-13-4
Winnipeg 37 35 10 84 227 237 18-17-6 19-18-4 9-15-5
 
Pacific Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
z-Anaheim 54 20 8 116 266 209 29-8-4 25-12-4 22-4-3
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x-Los Angeles 46 28 8 100 206 174 23-14-4 23-14-4 16-10-3
Phoenix 37 30 15 89 216 231 22-14-5 15-16-10 14-9-6
Vancouver 36 35 11 83 196 223 20-15-6 16-20-5 12-13-4
Calgary 35 40 7 77 209 241 19-19-3 16-21-4 11-15-3
Edmonton 29 44 9 67 203 270 16-22-3 13-22-6 8-17-4
 
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