Alex Ovechkin scored from a wrist shot at four minutes, nine seconds of overtime as the Washington Capitals came back to beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-2 on Thursday, snapping a three-game losing streak.
Ovechkin celebrated the end of his four-game point drought by racing over to leap into the boards.
Washington trailed 2-1 late in the third period, before Marcus Johansson forced overtime by scoring with 3:58 left. Ovechkin’s goal ruined the first NHL start by Lightning goalie Dustin Tokarski, who was recalled from Norfolk of the AHL on Wednesday.
DEVILS 5, ISLANDERS 1
In Newark, New Jersey, Ilya Kovalchuk scored three goals to record his second hat trick in a little more than three weeks and lead New Jersey over the Islanders.
Patrik Elias and David Clarkson also scored and Martin Brodeur made 29 saves as the Devils earned their 38th win, matching last season’s total, when they missed the playoffs for the first time since 1996.
Kovalchuk’s linemates, Adam Henrique and Zach Parise, each had two assists, with Parise scoring his 400th NHL point.
Defenseman Andy MacDonald scored for the Islanders, who had a two-game winning streak snapped.
BRUINS 3, SABRES 1
In Boston, Massachusetts, David Krejci scored for the fifth time in five games as Boston won consecutive games for the first time in almost two months by beating Buffalo.
Defenseman Johnny Boychuk broke a 1-1 tie at 12:56 of the third period, and Krejci scored 2:58 later to make it 3-1.
The loss was the second in three games for the Sabres, who are battling for a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
Buffalo’s Jason Pominville scored in the first period and Boston’s Gregory Campbell tied it in the second.
FLYERS 5, PANTHERS 0
In Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Ilya Bryzgalov made 28 saves to record his second shutout in three games as Philadelphia beat Florida for their fourth straight win.
Brayden Schenn, Matt Read, Scott Hartnell, Jaromir Jagr and Eric Wellwood scored for the Flyers.
Bryzgalov earned his fourth shutout of the season and the 27th of his career.
SENATORS 4, RANGERS 1
In Ottawa, Ontario, Ben Bishop made 25 saves in his home debut with the Senators, as Ottawa beat the Eastern Conference-leading New York Rangers.
Nick Foligno had the winning goal, and Zack Smith, Kyle Turris and Jason Spezza, with an empty-netter, also scored for the Senators.
The Rangers grabbed a 1-0 lead from Ryan Callahan’s first-period goal.
BLUE JACKETS 3, KINGS 1
In Columbus, Ohio, Mark Letestu scored twice and Jack Johnson had a goal against his former teammates to lead Columbus to their fourth straight win on Thursday, a victory that ended Los Angeles’ three-game winning streak.
It was the second two-goal game of Letestu’s NHL career. He had not scored in 16 games.
Jack Johnson also had a goal in his first game since being traded by the Kings.
Steve Mason had 16 saves before he left with an injury.
Anze Kopitar scored a short-handed goal for the Kings.
BLUES 3, DUCKS 1
In St Louis, Missouri, Patrik Berglund scored the go-ahead goal in the third period and Jaroslav Halak made 24 saves for his career-high seventh straight win to lead St Louis over Anaheim.
St Louis improved to an NHL-best 28-4-4 at home with their seventh win in eight games.
David Backes and Kevin Shattenkirk also scored for St Louis, 20-1-3 in their past 24 home games.
Corey Perry scored for Anaheim, who have lost four of six.
In other NHL action, it was:
‧ Predators 4, Avalanche 2
‧ Stars 4, Sharks 3, SO
‧ Wild 3, Coyotes 2, SO
‧ Canadiens 5, Oilers 3
‧ Canucks 3, Jets 2
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