Caps fall in OT to the Stars

Wash­ing­ton ties it up in the third, but can’t come out on top

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Stars 4 — Cap­i­tals 3

WASH­ING­TON (AP) — Ja­son Spezza and Tyler Pitlick scored 10 sec­onds apart, Ja­son Dick­in­son had the over­time win­ner and the Dal­las Stars beat the Wash­ing­ton Cap­i­tals 4-3 on Satur­day night for their first three­game win­ning streak of the sea­son.

Dick­in­son scored 3:17 into over­time to sal­vage two points for Dal­las, which also got a goal from cap­tain Jamie Benn and is fi­nally find­ing its game un­der firstyear coach Jim Mont­gomery. Ben Bishop stopped 29 shots to beat the Cap­i­tals for just the third time in 12 games.

Bishop al­lowed sharpan­gle, short-side goals to Nick­las Back­strom and Evgeny Kuznetsov dur­ing an in­con­sis­tent per­for­mance. Brett Con­nolly also scored for Wash­ing­ton, bat­ting the puck out of the air be­fore Bishop could get back to glove it away.

Cap­i­tals goalie Braden Holtby made 32 saves and

stopped Tyler Seguin on a penalty shot in over­time but lost to the Stars for the fifth time in eight games. Holtby turned the puck over to Pitlick on one goal and was vic­tim­ized by bad turnovers on Dal­las’ other two goals in reg­u­la­tion.

One game af­ter al­low­ing the fastest two goals in NHL his­tory, the Cap­i­tals gave up two in quick suc­ces­sion again — this time with the goal­tender in the net for both. A turnover at the of­fen­sive blue line al­lowed Spezza to score on a break­away 10:51 into the first pe­riod, and Holtby turned the puck over to Pitlick be­hind the net to make it 2-0 Stars just 10 sec­onds later.

Back­strom cut Dal­las’ lead in half 38 sec­onds into the sec­ond pe­riod when he scored from a tight an­gle short side and high on the 6-foot-7 Bishop. But an­other Wash­ing­ton mis­take, this time a turnover by Jakub Vrana, al­lowed the Stars to go up 3-1 on Benn’s sixth goal of the sea­son mid­way

through the sec­ond.

In a game that was far from a show­case of de­fen­sive struc­ture or sound goal­tend­ing, Con­nolly cut it to 3-2 less than two min­utes later by bat­ting his own re­bound out of the air and into a wideopen net. Kuznetsov tied the score at 3 on the power play in the third pe­riod with an­other sharp-an­gle shot up high that Bishop should have stopped.

Notes: Cap­i­tals D Brooks Or­pik missed his sec­ond con­sec­u­tive game with a lower-body in­jury. He did not prac­tice all week . ... Stars D Marc Methot and F Alexan­der Radulov were out with lower-body in­juries. Mont­gomery said Radulov re­turned to Dal­las for treat­ment and will miss the fi­nal two games of the road trip. ... Mont­gomery said in­jured D Connor Car­rick (foot) should be able to get back into skates soon.

UP NEXT Stars: At Bos­ton on Mon­day in the fifth stop on their six-game Eastern Con­fer­ence road trip.

Cap­i­tals: Con­tinue a fiveg­ame home stand against Connor Mc­David and the Ed­mon­ton Oil­ers on Mon­day.

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