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The Noon Number: Victory from the Jaws of Defeat

A look at the Capitals' uncanny knack for staging late rallies

Bruce Bennett

6 - Number of wins this season that the Caps have tied in the final ten minutes of the third period, including both games last weekend; the team had three such wins in 48 games last season, and are currently second in the League in wins (4) and win-percentage (.308) when trailing after two periods.

Here's a breakdown of those half-dozen unlikely victories (which doesn't include the shootout loss to Toronto that Alex Ovechkin sent into overtime with 4:10 left in the third):

Date Opponent Game-Tying Goal Game-Winning/-Deciding Goal
October 3 Calgary Nicklas Backstrom (54:10) Mikhail Grabovksi (shootout)
November 7 Minnesota Marcus Johansson (56:52) Nicklas Backstrom (shootout)
November 12 Columbus Mikhail Grabovski (58:15) Alex Ovechkin (1:34 of overtime)
November 15 Detroit Michael Latta (51:54) Nicklas Backstrom (shootout)
November 29 Montreal Mikhail Grabovski (54:28) Mikhail Grabovski (shootout)
November 30 N.Y. Islanders Nicklas Backstrom (59:11) Alex Ovechkin (2:07 of overtime)