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WASHINGTON — The Capitals had spent much of the past week talking about their inability to hold a third-period lead. The reasons seemed to be playing on a continuous loop: the self-inflicted miscues, the mismanagement of play away from the puck, the lost aggressiveness in the final 20 minutes.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Jake Gardiner scored in the last minute of overtime and the Carolina Hurricanes rallied from a two-goal deficit in the third period for a 3-2 win over the Washington Capitals on Saturday night.

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UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) — T.J. Oshie scored the tiebreaking goal, Ilya Samsonov stopped 25 shots in his NHL debut, and the Washington Capitals beat the Islanders 2-1 Friday night to spoil New York’s season opener.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Mattias Ekholm scored with 4:40 remaining to cap a wild third period and lead the Nashville Predators to a 6-5 victory over the Washington Capitals on Thursday night.