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Jay LaPrete, Associated Press
Columbus Blue Jackets goalie Steve Mason (1) makes a save as Grant Clitsome (14) and Washington Capitals' Brooks Laich (21) look for the rebound during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Dec. 31, 2011, in Columbus, Ohio.

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Alex Ovechkin, Alexander Semin and Dennis Wideman scored in a 2:53 span of the third period, erasing a 2-0 deficit and leading the Washington Capitals to a 4-2 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Ovechkin also added an insurance goal — making it four in 4:34 — and Wideman added two assists for the Capitals, who have scored 12 third-period goals in their last six games. They have 46 in the final period this season — among the most in the NHL.

Ovechkin extended his points streak to six games, a span in which he has six goals and three assists.

It was another heartbreak for the Blue Jackets, who have been outscored 52-26 in the final period this year. John Moore and Samuel Pahlsson scored for Columbus.