NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Sergei Fedorov scored 2:20 into overtime to give the Washington Capitals a 2-1 victory over the Nashville Predators on Tuesday night.
The Capitals snapped a season-worst, four-game losing streak while the Predators dropped their second straight after winning six in a row.
From the right corner, Alexander Semin passed the puck to Viktor Kozlov on the right boards. Kozlov moved it into the low slot to Fedorov, who slid in a backhander for his eighth goal of the season.
The Predators took a 1-0 lead 50 seconds into the game when defenceman Ryan Suter’s wrist shot from above the left circle through traffic beat goalie Jose Theodore low to the stick side.
Nicklas Backstrom tied it with 1:21 left in the second period. Alex Ovechkin sent a pass to Backstrom in the low slot, and he saw goalie Dan Ellis fall to the ice. Backstrom then lifted a wrist shot into the vacated net for his 18th goal.
Ellis started for Nashville after projected starter Pekka Rinne showed up to the morning skate with flu-like symptoms and was sent home. Despite playing in just three games since the all-star break, Ellis was strong in stopping 42 shots.
The Capitals thought they had taken a 2-1 lead at 4:50 of the third, but a video review determined that Tomas Fleischmann had directed the puck into the net with a kick.
Notes: Nashville center Scott Nichol played in his first game since sustaining a concussion Dec. 9 against Vancouver. … The Predators recalled G Drew MacIntyre from Milwaukee (AHL) to serve as Ellis’ backup. … Predators D Shea Weber’s assist gave him a career-best 41 points. … Semin extended his point streak to seven games.