WASHINGTON (AP) – Rookie Alex Ovechkin scored the winning goal on a power play in the third period, and goaltender Olie Kolzig made 30 saves in the Washington Capitals’ 3-2 victory over the New York Rangers on Monday.

After killing their first two penalties of the third period, Ovechkin scored his third goal of the young season while the Capitals had a two-man advantage. Ovechkin gathered the rebound of Jamie Heward’s shot in front of the net and slipped a wrist shot past goaltender Kevin Weekes.

The Capitals, who entered the game with a league-high 82 penalty minutes, killed two penalties late in the game – both holding calls against Chris Clark – to preserve the victory. Kolzig stopped 30 of 32 shots to earn the victory for Washington, which has played four games in six days.

Washington’s Steve Eminger’s first NHL goal with 1 second remaining in the second period made it 2-2. Eminger scored off the rebound of a shot by Clark, who got his first assist of the season.

Jason Ward gave the Rangers a 2-1 lead midway in the second period with his second goal of the year off an assist by Marcel Hossa. Ward slipped a wrist shot behind Kolzig, who has allowed 17 goals in four games.

Former Capital Jaromir Jagr scored his team-leading third goal on the Rangers’ first power play early in the second period. Jagr put in a slap shot from the right circle off assists from Tom Poti and Michael Nylander.

Petr Sykora pulled the Capitals even with his first NHL goal. Jeff Friesen sent a shot on goal and Sykora stuffed home the rebound off Weekes’ pads for a 1-1 tie.

Notes: Ovechkin, the top overall pick of the 2004 draft, is the only Capital to have collected a point in each of Washington’s first four games. … Jagr has 27 goals in 55 career contests against Washington. … The Capitals teamed with the D.C. Firefighters Burn Foundation and the District Chop House restaurant to donate 30 tickets for wounded soldiers from Walter Reed Army Medical Center and Bethesda Naval Hospital to attend the game.

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