Alex Ovechkin scored an extraordinary goal, helping the Washington Capitals to a 4-3 shootout win over the Montreal Canadiens in the NHL on Wednesday.
Passing to himself with a backhander off the boards to get around an opponent, Ovechkin was hooked off his skates and onto his right side, but as he slid toward the net he had the presence of mind to poke the puck under the right pad of the Montreal goaltender.
His goal helped the Capitals to a win that gave them outright second place in the Eastern Conference.
Alexander Semin and Nicklas Backstrom scored in the shootout for the Capitals.
The Canadiens led 3-2 heading into the final three minutes of regulation, but Tom Poti’s deflected shot forced overtime.
RED WINGS 6, PREDATORS 2
In Detroit, the hosts got five power-play goals to crush Nashville.
Nicklas Lidstrom and Johan Franzen each had two goals and an assist for the Red Wings.
Henrik Zetterberg and Jiri Hudler added a goal and as assist each for Detroit.
KINGS 4, DUCKS 3
In Anaheim, California, Los Angeles edged its city rival Anaheim in a meeting of two teams on the fringes of playoff contention.
Anaheim’s Ryan Getzlaf scored early in the third period to make it 2-2, but Dustin Brown and Anze Kopitar soon responded to give the Kings a two-goal buffer.
The Ducks cut the deficit to one when Chris Kunitz scored with 3:40 to play, but Kings goalie Jonathan Quick shut down the Ducks the rest of the way, finishing with 28 saves.
BLUE JACKETS 4, BLUES 3
In Columbus, Ohio, victory over St Louis gave Columbus its best record ever in its eight-year history.
Rick Nash, Manny Malhotra and Fedor Tyutin each had a goal and an assist for Columbus, and Andrew Murray also scored.
RANGERS 3, ISLANDERS 1
In New York, the Rangers and besieged coach Tom Renney got a much-needed win in the all-New York showdown.
Scott Gomez’s power-play goal in the second period put the Rangers ahead to stay after Nigel Dawes scored in the first period. Fredrik Sjostrom added a late empty-netter.