Washington, DC (SportsNetwork.com) - Alex Ovechkin scored twice to lead a
Washington comeback and the Capitals beat the Calgary Flames 5-4 in a shootout
Thursday night after trailing by three goals twice in their home opener.
Ovechkin and Mikhail Grabovski were both successful in the shootout and Michal
Neuvirth, who replaced Braden Holtby in the first period after the Washington
starter gave up three goals, stopped two Calgary tries.
Nicklas Backstrom had the tying power play goal with 5:50 left in regulation
for the Capitals, who bounced back after losing 6-4 in Chicago on Tuesday.
The Flames lost their season opener for the fourth straight year despite goals
from David Jones, Lee Stempniak and Jiri Hudler in the first 16:22 of the game
to chase Holtby.
Washington defenseman Connor Carrick, 19, scored his first NHL goal, Ovechkin
also had an assist and Neuvirth made 27 saves.
Karri Ramo gave up four goals on 39 shots for the Flames, who blew leads of
3-0 and 4-1. Lance Bouma also scored in the loss and Mark Giordano had two
Ovechkin and Grabovski both beat Ramo with dekes to their backhand in the
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