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Alex Ovechkin hits four as Capitals edge Lightning

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Alex Ovechkin capped a brilliant comeback win for the Washington Capitals over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday night.

The Caps star scored four goals - including the equalizer with 32.4 seconds to play as his side overturned a 3-0 deficit to win 6-5 via a shootout.

The Lightning raced into a three goal lead with 12 minutes through Martin St Louis, Nikita Kucherov and Nate Thompson.

The Caps pulled one back through Ovechkin just before the end of the first period and another six minutes into the second. Tyler Johnson then restored the Lightning's two-goal lead before an Ovechkin double brought it back to 4-4.

An Ondrej Palat goal 8:36 minutes into the third quarter put Tampa Bay ahead before Ovechkin's late leveller tied things up.

"Even when they got their fourth goal, I still thought, we can do this," Capitals coach Adam Oates told ESPN.

"And then they got another one, and the guys believed. You don't want to get to this position too many times because it's not going to be easy to pull a rabbit out of your hat."

The NHL's top scorer this season, Ovechkin stretched his total for the campaign to 26. In the process, the Russian star eclipsed Peter Bondra's Capitals record of 137 power-play goals.

The Caps won the shootout 3-2, with goaltender Philipp Grubauer saving from Palat to clinch the franchise's fifth win in six games.

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