Ovechkin entered the final period with only three shots on goal, 14:05 of ice time and a minus-1 rating.
The third period wasn't much better, and it appeared Predators fans were about to witness a rarity in recent NHL history: Ovechkin being a non-factor in a game.
Then came overtime. With the score tied 2-2, Ovechkin drew a tripping penalty on Suter.
Moments later, he unleashed the shot that Laich deflected for the game-winning goal.
(Ovechkin) is one of those dynamic players," Trotz said. "You forget how big he is. He's 230 pounds of pure muscle and speed and competitiveness."
The 25-year-old Moscow native is the first player since Wayne Gretzky and Mario Lemieux to record 200 goals and 200 assists in his first four seasons.
In 2008-09, he also won his second consecutive Hart Trophy, which goes to the player judged to be the most valuable to his team. Ovechkin became the first non-goalkeeper to win consecutive Hart Trophies since Gretzky won eight in a row from 1980-87.
washcaps: Ovi, Laich, Neuvirth, Erskine on the OT win
1 assist, -1, 1 penalty (2 min), total ice time 23:29, 23 shifts, average shift 01:01, PP 05:30, even 17:58, 3 shots on goal, 4 attempts blocked, 1 missed, 3 hits.