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Backstrom gives Capitals OT win over Hurricanes

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nicklas Backstrom scored off the rebound of Alex Ovechkin’s shot at 4:46 of overtime to lift the Washington Capitals to a 4-3 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday night.

Ovechkin skated in and let loose a blast from the right point. Anton Khudobin made the save, but the puck went to Backstrom in the left circle, and he fired in his fourth goal of the season.

It was Ovechkin’s 400th NHL assist. The Capitals squandered a 3-1 lead in the third period on goals by Carolina’s Eric Staal and Elias Lindholm.

Troy Brouwer, Jay Beagle and Eric Fehr scored for Washington, and John Carlson had two assists. Justin Peters stopped 24 shots in his first game against his former team.

Riley Nash had a goal and an assist, and Justin Faulk had two assists for Carolina, which had won four straight. Khudobin made 35 saves.

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