Ovechkin scored 1:04 into OT, lifting the Capitals to their first win this season in a game that went past regulation. He made Sandstrom the 164th different NHL goaltender he has scored on, tying Mark Messier for third most in that category.
“That's good,” Ovechkin deadpanned.
The Flyers dropped their eighth game in a row, wasting leads of 1-0 and 2-1 on soft goals by Morgan Frost and Patrick Brown that Washington's Darcy Kuemper should have stopped.
“Let’s call a spade a spade: They’re bad goals,” said Kuemper, who finished with 21 saves. “For the guys to pick me up like that means a lot.”
Sandstrom was brilliant in making 29 saves, but his play was not enough to give Philadelphia its first win since Nov. 8.
“Some guys, it’s just they’re not able to think that way in wanting to win — almost waiting to lose,” Tortorella said. “I think that happens with some guys. Other parts of the game, it’s execution.”
Marcus Johansson scored a power-play goal for Washington not long after having one disallowed for kicking the puck into the net. Johansson's goal that counted was initially credited to Ovechkin before replays showed his Swedish teammate touching the puck just before it crossed the goal line.
Each team came into the game banged up from missing several players to injuries that have depleted depth and been one reason for so much losing of late.
The Flyers added forwards Travis Konecny and Scott Laughton to their list of absences that already included James van Riemsdyk, Sean Couturier and Cam Atkinson. The Capitals were again missing Tom Wilson and Nicklas Backstrom, who are recovering from offseason surgeries, along with defenseman Dmitry Orlov, out for an eighth consecutive game.
Washington winger T.J. Oshie returned after missing the past 11 games with what the team called an upper-body injury and played with reckless abandon, throwing his body around early and often.
“It was nice getting to play with him," Milano said. “He’s so skilled and strong on the puck and brings a lot of energy.”
Flyers: Host the cross-state rival Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday afternoon.
Capitals: Host the Calgary Flames on Friday afternoon.
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