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Ovechkin scores, Capitals top Islanders


The Edmonton Oilers’ Zack Stortini, left, fights with the Chicago Blackhawks’ Ben Eager during the first period of an NHL hockey game on Tuesday in Edmonton, Canada.


Alex Ovechkin scored his second goal of the game with 10.7 seconds left in overtime as the surging Washington Capitals beat New York 5-4 on Tuesday, sending the Islanders to their seventh straight loss.

The Islanders managed to salvage a point thanks to third-period goals by Andy Sutton and Jon Sim that wiped out a 4-2 deficit. Sim tied it with 2:13 left in regulation with his first goal since being placed on waivers last week.

Ovechkin ended it with a snapper past Joey MacDonald, Washington’s 40th shot of the game and his 19th goal this season. He gave the Capitals a 4-2 lead with 3:25 left in the second period.

Boyd Gordon and Brooks Laich scored in the first period, and defenseman Milan Jurcina added a goal in the second. Brent Johnson made 35 saves to win his fifth consecutive start.


At Philadelphia, Mike Richards and Simon Gagne each had a goal and two assists to lead Philadelphia past Colorado for its fifth straight win.

Mike Knuble added a goal and an assist, and Jeff Carter and Joffrey Lupul also scored for the Flyers, unbeaten in regulation in their last 10 home games (8-0-2).

Carter is second in the NHL with 22 goals, two behind Buffalo’s Thomas Vanek.

Paul Stastny and David Jones scored for the Avalanche, who had won three of four — including a 2-1 victory on Monday at Detroit.


At Raleigh, North Carolina, Eric Staal scored two power-play goals and Carolina took advantage of the penalty-prone Montreal.

Joe Corvo added another power-play goal and Sergei Samsonov had two assists for the Hurricanes, who snapped a two-game skid. Cam Ward made 22 saves, including one on a point-blank chance by Montreal’s Alex Kovalev with 10 seconds remaining.

Kovalev scored a short-handed goal for the Canadiens, while Guillaume Latendresse connected on a penalty shot. Montreal has lost three in a row.


At Toronto, Vesa Toskala stopped Travis Zajac on a breakaway in the final seconds of overtime and Jason Blake had the winning goal in a shootout to lead Toronto over New Jersey.

Nik Antropov and Jeremy Williams scored in regulation for the Maple Leafs, who won three straight for the first time this season. Toskala finished with 25 stops.

Williams also converted in the shootout. Patrik Elias had the Devils’ only successful attempt.


At St. Louis, Jarome Iginla had two goals and two assists to match his career best for points and goalie Miikka Kiprusoff beat St. Louis for the 11th straight time as Calgary ended a three-game losing streak.

Iginla, who leads the Flames with 37 points, was held to one assist during the team’s slide. But in 46 games against the Blues he has 56 points — 20 goals and 36 assists — a total that includes a goal and an assist in a 4-3 overtime victory at St. Louis on Dec. 5.

Brad Boyes got his 16th goal and an assist for the Blues, who have lost four in a row while allowing 21 goals. St. Louis has dropped nine of 10 to the Flames.


At Ottawa, Colby Armstrong scored a pair of goals 31 seconds apart in the third period as Atlanta ended a three-game losing streak with a win over Ottawa.

Ondrej Pavelec stopped 28 shots, losing a bid for his first career shutout on Chris Kelly’s goal with 1:18 remaining.

Slava Kozlov scored his 14th goal midway through the first, and Armstrong increased the lead to 3-0 when he beat Martin Gerber twice early in the third.

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