But then an unlikely hero emerged.
Jay Beagle scored his 10th goal of the season and the overtime winner to give Washington a 4-3 victory over the Dallas Stars. That aforementioned goal total matches his previous career high from two seasons ago.
He initially accomplished the feat over the course of 62 games. This time, he hits 10 goals in 46 games played.
Officials needed to review the play, although replays quickly showed the puck over the line from the Beagle shot in the slot.
The comeback win led to a memorable post-game celebration.
Disclaimer: Don’t try this at home.
The Capitals maintain their lead in the Metropolitan Division ahead of the Columbus Blue Jackets.
This game versus the Stars included some feisty moments, particularly in the first period when tempers boiled over. Tom Wilson and Brett Ritchie dropped the gloves for a lengthy fight. Three seconds later, Daniel Winnik fought Antoine Roussel.