NHL: Washington 4, Columbus 2

Dec. 31, 2011 at 10:21 PM

COLUMBUS, Ohio, Dec. 31 (UPI) -- Alex Ovechkin scored twice in the third period Saturday and the Washington Capitals rallied from a late 2-0 deficit to post a 4-2 win over Columbus.

Trailing by a pair of goals entering the final frame, the Caps exploded for four straight scores, ignited when Ovechkin scored unassisted 4:23 into the period.

Alex Semin netted the equalizer 2 1/2 minutes later and Dennis Wideman's goal only 28 seconds after that gave the Caps their first lead.

Ovechkin -- who has scored seven times in eight games -- finished the barrage with a power-play goal at 11:03 and Washington won for the fifth time in those eight contests.

Tomas Vokoun turned aside 35-of-37 shots for the victory.

John Moore and Samuel Pahlsson scored and Steve Mason made 22 saves for the Blue Jackets.

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