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Tomas Tatar pulls out Red Wings’ victory in OT

February 12, 2018

Washington, D.C. – The Red Wings saw this script before.

They lost a three-goal lead Sunday, just as they did 48 hours earlier, but this time they showed some character in overtime and defeated Washington 5-4.

Tomas Tatar scored his second goal of the game off a 2-on-1 rush with Dylan Larkin at 2:47 to give the Red Wings (22-23-9, 53 points) a much-needed victory.

It would have been another horrific Red Wings’ loss.

BOX SCORE: Red Wings 5, Capitals 4, OT

Washington’s Nicklas Backstrom tied it 4-4, completing the Capitals’ three-goal third-period comeback, with a power-play goal at 19 minutes, 43 seconds.

Brett Connolly (14th, 2:32) and Dmitry Orlov (8th, 14:02) scored earlier in the third period, shaving into the Red Wings lead.

Earlier in the game, the Red Wings did a reasonable impersonation of what the Islanders did to them, breaking a 1-1 tie Sunday with three quick goals, just 2 minutes, 56 seconds apart, to startle the Capitals.

Luke Glendening (8th, 16:55), Anthony Mantha (19th, 17:02) and Tomas Tatar (13th, 19:49) scored the goals on the sloppy, startled Capitals.

The Red Wings outshot Washington 17-2 in the second period.

Justin Abdelkader opened the Red Wings’ scoring in the first period.

Alex Ovechkin (power play) opened Washington’s scoring.

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