Tyler Myers could sense his Winnipeg Jets teammates struggling to fight after getting down by two goals to the Washington Capitals on Tuesday.
Then came the pushback: Bryan Little scored to make it a one-goal game midway through the third period and Mark Scheifele supplied his second of the night with 15 seconds left to send it into overtime.
Myers fired the final shot, with the veteran defenceman taking a backhand pass from Scheifele and putting the puck over Braden Holtby’s glove 3:35 into overtime for the 4-3 victory that had the crowd at Bell MTS Place roaring.
“We had moments where we didn’t have much life on the bench, but we managed to flip that switch, get it back going again and I thought it was a great team win,” said Myers, who scored his sixth goal of the season.
Scheifele’s 17th goal with 15 seconds left was scored shorthanded and through traffic. Defenceman Dustin Byfuglien had been called for slashing Jay Beagle with 1:17 left.
“It just shows that we battled so hard,” Scheifele said. “We battled right to the end. That was top to bottom, first line to fourth line. It was an awesome feeling.”
Bryan Little scored his 12th for Winnipeg (33-15-9). Byfuglien added two assists.
Connor Hellebuyck stopped 24 shots for the Jets, who were playing the seventh of a 10-game homestand (4-2-1).
Niklas Backstrom, Andre Burakovsky and John Carlson scored for the Capitals (32-17-7), who still extended their point streak to four games (2-0-2).
‘They created their chances’
Holtby made 40 saves and became the second goalie in franchise history to play 20,000 minutes. Olaf Kolzig played 41,260 minutes.
“They created their chances but it shouldn’t matter,” Holtby said. “A 3-1 lead and a goal lead with 1:17 on the power play, doesn’t matter what happened in the game before that.
“I know we had a couple opportunities to put it into the empty net. Just…