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Capitals beat Ducks 2-1 to snap winning streak

AP, ANAHEIM, California

The Washington Capitals’ Nicklas Backstrom, left, scores against the Anaheim Ducks in their NHL game at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California, on Monday.

Photo: Gary Vasquez-USA TODAY

T.J. Oshie and Nicklas Backstrom scored in a shootout as the Washington Capitals stopped the Anaheim Ducks’ franchise-best winning streak at 11 games with a 2-1 victory on Monday night in a meeting of regular-season heavyweights.

Andre Burakovsky scored the tying goal early in the third period for the NHL-leading Capitals, who also ended Anaheim’s eight-game home winning streak with their sixth consecutive victory over the Ducks.

Braden Holtby made 27 saves and stopped two more shots in the shootout. Oshie atoned for an overtime penalty with the US Olympic shootout star’s fourth goal in five shootout attempts this season, but after Corey Perry scored to keep the Ducks alive, Backstrom ended it.

Ryan Getzlaf scored on Anaheim’s first shot, while John Gibson stopped 30 shots.


Shayne Gostisbehere scored twice to lead the Philadelphia Flyers past Tampa Bay 4-2 and snap the Lightning’s franchise-best nine-game winning streak.

Gostisbehere, Brayden Schenn and Wayne Simmonds each scored third-period goals for the Flyers.

The Flyers have 73 points and moved within two of idle Detroit for the final wild-card playoff berth in the Eastern Conference. The Flyers went 5-1 on their homestand and earned 10 of 12 possible points to key their surge in the standings.

There are 17 games left for the Flyers and two of them are against Detroit.

Ondrej Palat and Vladislav Namestnikov scored for Tampa Bay in their first loss since Feb. 16 against San Jose. The Lightning had won six straight on the road.

Goalkeepr Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 36 shots for the Lightning.


Lee Stempniak scored his first goal as a Bruin in overtime as Boston beat Florida 5-4, while Panthers forward Jaromir Jagr moved into third on the NHL career points list.

Jagr assisted on Aleksander Barkov’s goal, passing Gordie Howe with 1,851 points.

Bruins coach Claude Julien moved past Art Ross to become Boston’s career coaching wins leader with 388 regular-season victories.

Stempniak, acquired from New Jersey at the trade deadline, also had two assists, while Patrice Bergeron scored twice for the Bruins. Brett Connolly and David Pastrnak also had goals, while Brad Marchand had two assists and Tuukka Rask made 47 saves.

Jiri Hudler scored twice for the Panthers. Jussi Jokinen also scored, while Jonathan Huberdeau had two assists. Roberto Luongo allowed four goals on 16 shots before being replaced by Al Montoya to start the second period. Montoya stopped 15 shots.


Sam Reinhart scored in a shootout to help Buffalo beat Toronto.

Jack Eichel and Evander Kane scored less than four minutes apart in the third period to bring the Sabres back from a 3-1 deficit. It was the 22nd loss in the past 27 games for the league-worst Leafs and fifth straight one-goal defeat.

For Buffalo, the victory snapped a string of six straight shootout losses.

Rookie Zach Hyman scored his first career NHL goal for Toronto, while Leo Komarov and Brad Boyes also scored.

Mark Pysyk had the other Buffalo goal, while Chad Johnson stopped 30 of 33 shots.

Garret Sparks made 24 saves for the Leafs, who are last in the NHL.

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