Red Wings 5, Capitals 4, OT
Dec. 27, 1996
DETROIT (AP) _ Sergei Fedorov scored five goals, including the game-winner in overtime, as the Detroit Red Wings beat the Washington Capitals 5-4 on Thursday night.
After scoring twice in the third period to draw Detroit into a 4-4 tie, Fedorov took a pass from Vladimir Konstantinov and wristed it past Capitals goalie Jim Carey at 2:39 of overtime.
It was the first five-goal game of Fedorov's career. He previously scored four in Detroit's 4-4 tie with Los Angeles on Feb. 12, 1995.
Peter Bondra scored twice for Washington, while Andrei Nikolishin and Dale Hunter also had goals for the Capitals.
Detroit goalie Chris Osgood stopped 34 shots and Washington's Jim Carey made 28 stops.
Fedorov has been on a tear lately, scoring 12 goals in his last 11 games. He has 17 for the season after scoring just four in Detroit's first 21 games.
Konstantinov assisted on four of Fedorov's five goals, while Igor Larionov, playing in his 400th career game, had three assists.
Fedorov had single scores in each of the first two periods before his two in the third.
Fedorov's third and fourth scores of the night were sandwiched around one from Hunter in a flurry that saw the teams score three goals in a 1:35 span midway through the third period.
Bondra's two goals helped Washington to a 3-2 lead after two periods, but Fedorov's third goal tied it at 10:33 of the third.
Hunter put the Capitals back on top with his goal just 54 seconds later, then Fedorov scored again at 12:08 for another tie.
Fedorov scored the only goal of the first period by taking a drop from Konstantinov just outside the left circle and firing a slap shot past Carey at 7:32.
Bondra had two of the three goals that gave the Capitals a 3-2 lead after two periods. He scored the first one, tying the game at 1-1, by kicking a shot from Sylvain Cote past Osgood at 3:06. The Wings disputed the goal, but the replay official ruled Bondra's kick was unintentional.
Fedorov's second goal of the night came on a breakaway just 40 seconds later to restore Detroit's lead.
But Nikolishin took a behind-then-net centering pass from Ken Klee and ripped it over Osgood's right shoulder to make it 2-2 at 6:31.
Bondra then gave Washington its first lead with a slap shot from the left circle that found the upper right corner of the net with 1:20 left in the period.