October 11, 2019 / 3:10 AM / 6 days ago

Predators score 4 goals in 3rd to outlast Caps

Oct 10, 2019; Nashville, TN, USA; Washington Capitals defenseman Nick Jensen (3) skates with the puck during the first period against the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Nick Bonino and Mattias Ekholm scored 28 seconds apart late in the game as the Nashville Predators posted four third-period goals to rally for a wild 6-5 victory over the visiting Washington Capitals on Thursday night.

After T.J. Oshie gave Washington a 5-4 lead on a laser past Pekka Rinne (21 saves) with 9:51 left in regulation, Nashville answered like it did all night. Bonino tied it at 14:52 into the third and Ekholm sent the home crowd into a frenzy with his blast from the point that found the net with 4:40 left in the third period.

With Nashville down 4-2, Ryan Johansen (two goals) poked the puck underneath Braden Holtby (32 saves) on the power play to get his team within one at 5:03 into the third. The Predators tied it a little over a minute later when Matt Duchene delivered at 6:13 with his first goal.

Oshie answered, but Washington could not hold on while losing for the first time in regulation over five games this season. Alex Ovechkin scored two power-play goals for the Capitals, who are 0-1-2 while giving up third-period leads in each of the last three games.

The Capitals struck first, taking advantage of a Nashville turnover with 10:43 left in the first period as Lars Eller drove the puck into what was essentially an empty net. However, the hosts answered a little over one minute later when Filip Forsberg scored his fourth goal in as many games.

Washington regained the lead 4:46 into the second through Ovechkin. After the Capitals failed to score on 15 of their first 17 power play chances, Ovechkin one-timed a blast past Rinne. The Predators again answered to make it 2-2 on a two-on-one as Johansen stayed with a pass from Viktor Arvidsson and pushed the puck past Holtby at 7:37 into the second.

The Capitals got the lead back when Tom Wilson scored off their own two-on-one, this time while short-handed, with 7:32 left in the second. Ovechkin made it 4-2 with a second one-timer on the power play with 2:24 left in the period.

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