WASHINGTON — The Washington Capitals scored twice in the final minute of regulation before Lars Eller completed the comeback by scoring at 2:01 of overtime for a 5-4 win against the San Jose Sharks at Capital One Arena on Sunday.
After Braden Holtby stopped Sharks defenseman Brent Burns on a breakaway, he sent a stretch pass to John Carlson, who skated in on a 2-on-1 and fed Eller for the winner.
Logan Couture scored into an empty net to make it 4-2 at 19:00 of the third period, but Jakub Vrana scored his second goal of the game 13 seconds later to cut it to 4-3 before T.J. Oshie tied it 4-4 with a one-timer short side from the right circle with 14.2 seconds remaining.
Nic Dowd also scored and Holtby made 25 saves for Washington (29-9-5), which has won two straight.
Evander Kane scored a hat trick in the second period for San Jose (19-21-4), which was playing the second of a back-to-back after a 3-2 win against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday. Martin Jones made 24 saves.
Kane gave the Sharks a 1-0 lead with a power-play goal at 6:25 of the second period. After Holtby saved a backhand by Kane, Joe Thornton collected the rebound and fed Kane again for a one-timer that went through the legs of Barclay Goodrow.
Dowd scored 64 seconds later to tie it 1-1 with a one-timer under the right pad of Jones off a backhand pass from Brendan Leipsic.
Shortly after exiting the penalty box, Kane took a drop pass from Couture and beat Holtby with a wrist shot from the top of the right circle to make it 2-1 at 10:06.
Kane completed the hat trick to make it 3-1 at 16:49 with another power-play goal. Erik Karlsson‘s initial shot was blocked by Garnet Hathaway, but Kane got the rebound and quickly scored from the high slot.
The Capitals pulled to within 3-2 at 18:42 when Oshie intercepted Marc-Edouard Vlasic‘s pass behind the net, circled out and sent a cross-crease pass to Vrana.