Game Report: Capitals 4, Blues 3 (overtime)

A lucky bounce helped the Blues get Sunday’s game in Washington to overtime, but that’s where their luck ran out.

Nicklas Backstrom scored off a long pass from T.J. Oshie with 43 seconds left in the extra session to give the Capitals the win.

The Blues led 2-1 going to the third period before the Capitals got goals from Alex Ovechkin, on a power play, and Lars Eller to take a 3-2 lead. Carl Gunnarsson’s shot deflected off Ovechkin’s arm and into the net with 4:09 to play to pull the Blues into the tie.

The Blues had been 20-0 this season when leading after the second period.

Goals by Vladimir Tarasenko, his 18th of the year, and Alexander Steen in the second period gave the Blues the lead. Steen’s goal, deflecting a a shot by Brayden Schenn, snapped an 0-for-21 streak on the power play by the Blues and was their first goal with a man advantage in nine games.

They could not hold the lead, however, as a tripping penalty on Jay Bouwmeester set up the goal by Ovechkin just three seconds into the Capitals’ power play. Eller gave Washington the lead when he scored off the rebound of a shot by T.J. Oshie.

The Blues out-shot the Capitals 17-6 in the second period but were out-shot 18-8 in the third period.

Carter Hutton’s three-game winning streak came to an end, as he allowed the four Washington goals on 33 shots.

Worth noting: The Blues have now gone 15 consecutive games without scoring more than three goals … The Blues have allowed four power play goals in four games this month after giving up just three in 16 games in December … With his goal and assist, Ovechkin increased his point total to 27 in 16 career games against the Blues (14 goals, 13 assists) … Dmitrij Jaskin was a healthy scratch for the Blues as Chris Thorburn returned to the lineup.

Looking ahead: The Blues return home on Tuesday night to host the Florida Panthers.