Brooks Laich's power-play goal 1:44 into overtime gave the Washington Capitals a 3-2 win over the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena.
Alex Ovechkin, who drew a tripping penalty against Nashville defenseman Ryan Suter in the extra session, fired a slap shot from the point that Laich deflected over Predators goaltender Anders Lindback.
"(Nashville) is a very fast-skating team. I thought they did a good job pressuring us for the first 30 minutes. Midway through the second, we started taking to them. We started to tilt the ice a little bit in the third period and took over."
The Capitals erased a two-goal deficit with third-period tallies from Alexander Semin and Tomas Fleischmann. Michal Neuvirth made 37 saves as Washington won its fifth straight game against Nashville.
J-P Dumont and Jordin Tootoo lit the lamp for the Predators, who suffered their first loss after beginning the season with three straight wins.
"I thought we came out really well," said Nashville head coach Barry Trotz. "We had a lot of structure, a lot of pace. We had a tremendous amount of chances. We were skating and reducing penalties."
Lindback stopped 31 shots.
Semin scored on a power play, beating Lindback with a shot from the left circle at 4:33, then Fleischmann jammed in a loose puck outside the crease to tie the game at 12:14.
Dumont opened the scoring when he took a pass from Colin Wilson and fired a wrister behind Neuvirth with 2:53 to play in the first period. Tootoo made it 2-0 at the 5:32 mark of the middle stanza.
Neuvirth became the first Capitals goalie to start five in a row to begin a season since Olaf Kolzig in 1999-2000...Washington has won four straight after dropping the season-opener in Atlanta.