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Ovechkin lifts Capitals to victory

BACK ON FORM:Ovechkin had been suspended for skipping the All-Star Game due to injury, and his impact helped the Capitals get back to winning ways


Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby, second left, right wing Tom Wilson, third right, and center Brooks Laich, right, defend against New York Islanders center Anders Lee, left, left wing Josh Bailey, center, and defenseman Travis Hamonic, second right, in the first period of their NHL game in Washington on Thursday.

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Alex Ovechkin scored the winning goal in his return from a one-game suspension for skipping the All-Star Game, as the Washington Capitals avoided a third straight loss by beating the New York Islanders 3-2 on Thursday night.

Ovechkin scored off a pass from Nicklas Backstrom with 2 minutes and 40 seconds left to help Washington end a rare two-game skid. The Capitals have not lost three games in a row all season.

T.J. Oshie and Andre Burakovsky also scored for the Capitals. Braden Holtby stopped 24 shots for the victory.

Jaroslav Halak made 20 saves for the Islanders. Mikhail Grabovski and Josh Bailey had New York’s goals in a rematch of a first-round playoff series from last spring.


In Sunrise, Florida, Vincent Trocheck scored twice and added an assist, and Jaromir Jagr had a goal and two assists in the Panthers’ victory over Detroit.

Roberto Luongo stopped 36 shots for his ninth consecutive win on home ice for Florida, who have won five straight. Brandon Pirri had a goal and an assist for the Panthers, who have scored at least five goals in a franchise-record four consecutive games.

Aleksander Barkov and Derek MacKenzie also scored for the Panthers.

Rookie center Dylan Larkin had his first two-goal game for Detroit, both coming within a span of 67 seconds bridging the first and second periods. Mike Green added a power-play tally with 7:24 left.

Jagr’s first assist of the night was his 1,100th in regular-season play, a milestone reached by only five other players — Wayne Gretzky, Ron Francis, Mark Messier, Ray Bourque and Paul Coffey.


In Glendale, Arizona, Jonathan Toews scored his second goal of the night in overtime in his return from a one-game suspension, lifting Chicago over the Coyotes.

The teams traded scoring chances in the three-on-three overtime, leaving players on both sides exhausted. Toews skated in with a burst of energy, beating Louis Domingue with a wrister with 29 seconds left in the extra period.

Toews, suspended for missing the All-Star Game, also scored in the second period. Patrick Kane scored his NHL-leading 31st goal in the second and Marian Hossa had a goal and an assist.

Michal Rozsival scored his first of the season for the Blackhawks.

Oliver Ekman-Larsson had a goal and two assists for the Coyotes. Mikkel Boedker and Jordan Martinook scored two quick goals in the second period, and Shane Doan scored in the third.


In Los Angeles, California, David Perron had a goal and two assists, and Ryan Getzlaf added a goal and his 500th career assist to help streaking Anaheim defeat the Kings.

Ryan Garbutt scored his second goal in two games and Hampus Lindholm added a power-play goal in Anaheim’s fifth straight victory and 12th in 16 games since Christmas.

The Ducks chased Jonathan Quick while routing the Pacific Division-leading Kings, who have lost four of six in regulation for the first time this season.

John Gibson made 23 saves to win a duel of All-Star goalies. Quick yielded three goals on nine shots before getting replaced early in the second period by Jhonas Enroth.

Tyler Toffoli matched his career high by scoring his 23rd goal during a power play for the Kings, who have lost three straight home games for the first time since the first three games of the season. Alec Martinez scored in the final seconds.

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