Lindholm hat trick lifts Flames past Capitals in OT

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WASHINGTON — Elias Lindholm completed the hat trick at 2:46 of overtime when the Calgary Flames defeated the Washington Capitals 4-3 at Capital One Arena on Saturday.

Lindholm scored the winner on a centering pass from Johnny Gaudreau for his sixth goal of the season. It was his second NHL hat trick and first since March 8, 2015. He became the second player in Flames history to score in the first four games of the season (Gary Roberts, five games, 1989-90).

Gaudreau had two assists, and Dan Vladar made 22 saves in his first start for Calgary (2-1-1)

Alex Ovechkin extended his point streak to five games (five goals, five assists) with a goal and an assist for Washington (3-0-2), which trailed 3-0 after the first period. Martin Fehervary scored his first NHL goal, and Evgeny Kuznetsov scored his fourth goal in three games.

Vitek Vanecek allowed three goals on 13 shots and was pulled after the first period. Ilya Samsonov made 13 saves.

Andrew Mangiapane gave the Flames a 1-0 lead when he knocked in the rebound of Noah Hanifin‘s shot on a power play at 9:27 of the first period.

Gaudreau fed Lindholm at the top of the left circle to make it 2-0 at 10:59.

Lindholm made it 3-0 with a shorthanded goal at 16:43 of the first. He forced a turnover, beat John Carlson to the puck in the offensive zone, made a move to his right, and lifted the puck over Vanecek’s pad. 

Kuznetsov got the Capitals within 3-1 when he stole the puck from Gaudreau at the Flames blue line and slid it past Vladar for a shorthanded goal at 2:55 of the second period.

Fehervary scored to make it 3-2 at 7:48 of the second.

Ovechkin tied the game 3-3 with a shot from the left circle on the rush at 18:03 of the second.

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