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Alex Ovechkin’s OT game-winner saves Capitals against Red Wings

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One of these days, we’ll get tired of watching Alex Ovechkin score big goals in big moments to win games the Capitals desperately need to win.

OK, maybe not.

Locked in a see-saw battle with the Detroit Red Wings in which 10 goals were not enough to determine a winner through 60 minutes, Ovechkin stepped to the plate with 2:37 gone in overtime and the Capitals on the power play.

And yes, the Babe Ruth of hockey delivered.

When Caps defenseman John Carlson received a pass from Nicklas Backstrom at the right point, everyone inside VerizonCenter knew he would pass it over to Ovechkin for a one-timer from the top of the left circle.

“Great goal. Big goal for us,” Capitals coach Adam Oates said. “Especially, I mean, I can’t tell you guys and ladies how bad that ice is at that time of the game. It’s horrific. So that pass from Carly to him, for him to get good wood on it is really difficult, let alone to find that spot.”

Final score: Capitals 6, Red Wings 5.

-- Chuck Gormley,

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