Jets post third period comeback to down Washington 4-3 in overtime Featured

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Winnipeg, Manitoba (NHN)-Tyler Myers scored the game winner in overtime as the Winnipeg Jets snapped a two-game home losing streak Tuesday night, besting the Washington Capitals 4-3.

Mark Scheifele dashed into the Capitals end with the puck before skating behind the before feeding Myers, who fired the disc past Brayden Holtby.

Scheifele had a strong game, firing a pair of goals and adding an assist to pace the Jets." (Myers) made a good play, beat the first guy, Ovie looked a little flat footed, so I thought I’d try him, and he’s a big dude so trying to get around him is tough, so looked to my right and saw (Myers) driving down the seam, great awareness by him," said Scheifele of the game winning goal.

His third period shorthanded tally stymied the Capitial's efforts to escape Winnipeg with two points.

“That was a lot of hard work, Wheels gets on the forecheck, makes sure Carlson doesn’t get a clean pass, I get on it, Frenchy gets on the puck, gets a shot, gets a little bit of a setup and from there I was happy to be the one putting it in," said Scheifele.

The Jets two third period goals set the Winnipeg fans on fire, something that Washington did a good job of keeping them out of the game.

"They're (Jets) a good team and you could see they got one and the crowd got into it. I feel like the last four or five years they're a pretty big momentum team and when they get rolling they find ways to score goals," said Capitals winger T.J Oshie. "We just gotta find a way to slow that pressure down a little bit."

"Nothing surprises us I don't think tonight. We know they're a good team and they showed it there those last couple of minutes," he added.

Nicklas Backstrom, Andre Burakovsky and John Carlson had singles for the Capitals.

Brayden Holtby turned aside 40 shots for Washington, who moved to 33-17-6 on the season.

Mark Scheifele and Bryan Little scored for the Jets, who moved to 33-16-9 on the season.

Connor Hellebuyck made 24 saves for Winnipeg.

Mark Scheifele got Winnipeg on the board 14:41 into the contest when Washington defenceman Brooks Orpik deflected a Dustin Byfuglien pass right onto the stick of Mark Scheifele who shovelled a backhand into the open goal as Caps goaltender Brayden Holtby had slid too far across his crease.

The goal was his 16th of the season.

Niklas Backstrom evened the contest at 19:37 when the Jets couldn't clear the puck out of their own end late in the period.

Tom Wilson emerged from a scrum of players with the puck, skating across the zone before sliding the puck back to Alex Ovechkin who managed to get a shot on goal while Backstrom pounced on the rebound before calmly depositing the disc past Hellebucyk.

Andre Burakovsky put the Captials ahead at 11:22 of the second period, pocketing the rebound off a Lars Eller shot past Hellebucyk to give Washington a 2-1 lead.

Eller got control of the puck in his own end and skated it into the Jets end before cutting to the center of the ice to take the shot.

Hellebucyk kicked the rebound out to a charging Burakovsky, who fired a low shot past the Winnipeg goaltender.

The goal was his 5th of the season.

John Carlson gave the Capitals a 3-1 lead just over seven minutes into the third period, converting a Evgeny Kuznetsov feed past Hellebucyk, parking the disc just under the crossbar. The goal was his 10th of the season. Bryan Little pulled Winnipeg to within a goal at 11:30, working a give and go with Jack Roslovic before firing the return pass past Holtby to make it 3-2, beating the Capitals netminder with a low shot to score his 12th of the season.

“It was a bit of a roller-coaster ride. The first half of the game, we looked a bit like we did the last two games. We were a bit slow and just didn’t have the energy you need to play in the other team’s end and get chances. I feel like we came out in the third with some new life, some new energy. We had some shifts in their end and we started to get into it, the crowd got into it and we were just feeding off the energy of the building. You could tell the bench was getting excited and you could feel the momentum changing," said Little.

Mark Scheifele tied the game with just over 14 seconds left in the third period to send the game to overtime.

“We got to a real good emotional level in that game, kind of built to it. We needed a game like that, where you just didn’t take it, you fought back and had a good result on that. So the emotional part was good. The guys that made it happen were the guys that were driving all night. So they get some payback for that too,” said Jets Head Coach Paul Maurice of his club snapping their two-game home losing streak. "Well you know it's a hard lesson to learn," said Washington Head Coach Barry Trotz. "I thought in this building, this is a pretty hostile building. For 54 minutes we played a really good road game. Obviously they scored the second goal and the crowd got into it and we got on our heels a little bit."

"It's a tough way to lose points, we should have sealed the deal," he added.

Washington continues a four game road trip on Thursday in Minnesota.

Winnipeg hosts Colorado Friday.

SHOTS-WASHINGTON 27 WINNIPEG 44 ATTENDANCE-15,294

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