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Morrisonn, Ovechkin rally Capitals past Rangers in OT

NEW YORK (Ticker) -- Defenseman Shaone Morrisonn scored his

first goal of the season just 59 seconds into overtime as the

Washington Capitals overcame a four-goal deficit to defeat the

New York Rangers, 5-4, on Tuesday.

Alex Ovechkin netted a pair of goals and Tomas Fleischmann and

Viktor Kozlov both tallied on the power play for the Capitals,

who ended a seven-game losing streak at Madison Square Garden.

Nicklas Backstrom had three assists and rookie defenseman Sean

Collins collected his first career point for Washington, which

has won six of its last seven games.

"I think they just stopped playing hockey," Ovechkin said of the

comeback. "They probably believed - 4-0, they're going to win

the game."

"We just thought that we had a lot of chances in the first

period," Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau added. "I thought we

outchanced them. If we could get one, and start believing;

that's all we kept thinking about in the room. If you believe,

it can happen."

Ryan Callahan had two goals and captain Chris Drury had three

assists for the Rangers, who have lost back-to-back contests.

"This is an important point that could get us home-ice

advantage," Drury said. "I will try not to let this ruin my

Christmas. There are 23 or 24 teams that would be dying to have

our record and all of the points we have accumulated."

"You have to forget about it and let this one go, it is that bad

of a loss," said Scott Gomez, who was celebrating his 29th

birthday. "You have to throw it out right away."

The Capitals faced a 4-0 deficit after Callahan netted his 11th

goal of the season on a breakaway at the 4:48 mark of the second

period, deking goaltender Jose Theodore, who was pulled in the

first but came back to start the next session.

Ovechkin started the comeback with 7:25 left in the middle

period, firing a wrist shot that deflected off New York

blue-liner Michal Rozsival's stick on over goaltender Henrik

Lundqvist's shoulder.

"A lucky bounce. I was kind of tired and it was a lucky goal,"

said Ovechkin, who has 22 goals this season. "When you score a

goal, you just wake up a little bit and you never know what's

going to happen."

Fleischmann and Kozlov both scored against the Rangers'

top-ranked penalty-killing unit in the third period to cut the

deficit to 4-1. Ovechkin then capitalized on a turnover and

beat Lundqvist on a breakaway with 7:22 remaining in regulation

to tie the game.

"We knew this was going to be 2 1/2 hours of work tonight," New

York coach Tom Renney said. "They have one of the best players

(Ovechkin) in the their lineup and he's a heck of a leader."

In the extra session, former Ranger Michael Nylander delivered a

drop back pass to Morrisonn, who unleashed a slap shot from the

top of the right circle that sailed past Lundqvist to complete

the comeback.

"It saw the puck and just blasted it through," Morrisonn said.

"Guys got great character in here and we came back. We kept


Theodore finished with 21 saves and Brent Johnson made three in

his limited playing time for Washington.

"I didn't feel like I was playing well," Theodore said. "I

didn't feel like I was sharp. I just needed a couple of minutes

to regroup."

Lundqvist turned aside 31 shots for New York.



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