National Hockey League
Calgary 4, Washington 3
When: 1:00 PM ET, Saturday, October 23, 2021
Where: Capital One Arena, Washington, District of Columbia
Referees: Jon McIsaac, Conor O'Donnell
Linesmen: Shandor Alphonso, Caleb Apperson
Attendance: 18573

Elias Lindholm completed his second career hat trick with the winning goal in overtime to give the visiting Calgary Flames a 4-3 victory over the Washington Capitals on Saturday afternoon.

Lindholm, who has scored goals in every game this season, converted a two-on-one rush with Johnny Gaudreau for the winner 2:46 into the extra period for the Flames, who blew a 3-0 lead before recovering to claim their second consecutive win.

Lindholm, who has six goals this season, became just the second player in franchise history to score in the first four games of a campaign, joining Gary Roberts (1991-92).

Andrew Mangiapane also scored for the Flames, who received a 22-save performance from Dan Vladar in his first action of the season. Gaudreau's assist on the winning goal was his second of the game and his 500th career NHL point.

Evgeny Kuznetsov, Martin Fehervary and Alex Ovechkin each scored in the second period for the Capitals, who are unbeaten in regulation this season. Ilya Samsonov, who took the net after the first period, stopped 14 shots. Starting netminder Vitek Vanecek was pulled after surrendering three goals on 14 shots.

The Flames grabbed a 3-0 lead with a dominating opening frame. Mangiapane opened the scoring by chipping a rebound home before the midway point to net his third goal in four games.

Lindholm doubled the lead with a one-timer from the top of the circle 92 seconds later, and made it a 3-0 affair with a highlight-reel, short-handed goal, outracing John Carlson for a loose puck and scoring on the ensuing breakaway with 2:42 left in the frame.

The Capitals replied in the second period. Kuznetsov's short-handed goal -- his fourth tally and ninth point of the season -- put the hosts on the board three minutes into the period, and then Fehervary's first NHL goal -- a blast from the right circle -- made it a one-goal game at 7:48 of the period.

Ovechkin notched his fifth goal in as many games this season with a rocket of a shot with 1:57 left in the period. Ovechkin, who has 10 points on the season, now has 735 goals in his career, which puts him six back of Brett Hull for fourth place in NHL history.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
Calgary   Washington
Elias Lindholm 3 Points Alex Ovechkin 2
Elias Lindholm 3 Goals Alex Ovechkin 1
Johnny Gaudreau 2 Assists Alex Ovechkin 1
Andrew Mangiapane 1 Power Play Goals N/A
Elias Lindholm 1 Short Handed Goals Evgeny Kuznetsov 1
Dan Vladar .880 Save Percentage Ilya Samsonov .929
Dan Vladar 22 Saves Ilya Samsonov 13
Team Stats Summary
Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Calgary 27 4 1-3 4-4 8 30
Washington 25 3 0-4 2-3 6 29
Upcoming Games
  • Washington will play their next game on the road against Ottawa. The Capitals have a W/L % of .500 after a win and 1.000 after a loss.
  • Calgary will play their next game on the road against NY Rangers. The Flames have a W/L % of .500 after a win and .500 after a loss.