Jets rally from 3 down to beat Capitals 4-3 in OT

Jason Chimera, right, scores for the Caps. (Photo: Associated Press)
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Jets rally from 3 down to beat Capitals 4-3 in OT

WASHINGTON (AP) - Tim Stapleton scored 2:37 into overtime, and the Winnipeg Jets rallied from three goals down and kept themselves in the playoff hunt with a 4-3 victory over the rope-a-dope Washington Capitals on Friday night.

Spencer Machacek scored his first NHL goal with 3:45 remaining in regulation to tie it as the Jets broke a two-game losing streak and pulled within four points of the final postseason spot in the Eastern Conference.

Alex Ovechkin scored two goals for the Capitals, who had been 22-0-0 when leading after two.

But this time they took protecting the lead to the extreme, hunkering in their own end for nearly the entire third period.

Washington is tied on points with Buffalo for eighth place.

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