Alex Ovechkin continues to climb scoring lists

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Alex Ovechkin took sole possession of fourth place on the NHL’s all-time goals list with his 742nd career goals on Friday night against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Ovechkin moved ahead of Brett Hull with his 12th goal of the 2021-22 campaign. He needs to get to 37 goals this year to pass Jaromir Jagr (766) for third in NHL history.

Ovechkin would only have two more players to catch afterward with Gordie Howe sitting second with 801 goals and Wayne Gretzky in first with 894.

The Capitals winger has lit the lamp 135 times in his last 208 games. He also registered his 381st multi-point effort. He is one behind Hull and Teemu Selanne for the 22nd-most multi-point performances in NHL history.

Almost as impressive, but for all the wrong reasons, the Arizona Coyotes fell to 1-12-1 on the year on Friday following a 2-1 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks. Arizona’s .107 points percentage is on pace to be the worst in NHL history.

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EDMONTON 2 BUFFALO 3

The Sabres ended a five-game winless skid with a victory over the Oilers. Both teams combined for five goals in the second period.

Dylan Cozens netted a pair of goals in the contest for the first multi-goal performance of his NHL career. His second of the season tied the game at 2-2 and his third held up as the game winner.

Leon Draisaitl had both goals for Edmonton during man-advantage situations. He is up to 14 markers on the 2021-22 campaign, which leads the league. Draisaitl also leads the NHL with 28 points in 13 outings.

Anders Bjork provided the other goal for the Sabres with his third of the year.

Connor McDavid picked up an assist to extend his point streak to 13 straight games.

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins earned two assists, while Jesse Puljujarvi, Vinnie Hinostroza, Drake Caggiula and Mark Pysyk chipped in one helper apiece.

Dustin Tokarski stopped 33 shots for his first victory since Oct. 16, which came against Arizona.

Stuart Skinner blocked 20 shots for his second loss in two starts.

CALGARY 1 TORONTO 2 (OT)

The Maple Leafs won for the second time in a row thanks to a come-from-behind overtime triumph against the Flames.

Auston Matthews tallied the game winner in overtime. He has six goals on the year, including five in his past six outings. Matthews also has four assists during that span.

William Nylander assisted on both goals by Toronto to stretch his point streak to six consecutive contests.

Ondrej Kase scored the game-tying goal nearly eight minutes after Oliver Kylington opened the scoring at the 4:55 mark of the third period.

Johnny Gaudreau and Alexander Kerfoot had an assist each in the contest.

Jack Campbell turned aside 30 shots for his eighth win in 12 starts.

Dan Vladar shielded 35 of 37 shots in the defeat.

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PHILADELPHIA 2 CAROLINA 1

The Flyers handed the Hurricanes their second loss of the season thanks to a superb third period.

Joel Farabee, who halted am eight-game pointless slump, and Zack MacEwen, who got his first goal as a member of Philadelphia, found the back of the net in the final frame.

Steven Lorentz opened the scoring and provided Carolina’s only offense with his second marker of the year at the 11:14 mark of the second stanza.

Scott Laughton, Patrick Brown, Justin Braun, Rasmus Ristolainen, Jordan Staal and Jesper Fast posted an assist each.

Carter Hart was the star of the match with 39 saves for his fourth victory of the year.

Frederik Andersen blocked 26 shots in his second loss over 11 starts.

WASHINGTON 4 COLUMBUS 3

The Capitals have three straight wins following a narrow victory over the Blue Jackets on Friday.

Conor Sheary broke a 3-3 tie at the 18:38 mark of the third period and it held up as the game winner.

Sean Kuraly scored twice in the match after going goalless in his previous 10 appearances this year.

Garnet Hathaway potted a pair of goals as well after he went without a point for 13 games to open the 2021-11 campaign.

Alex Ovechkin scored his 12th goal of the season and the 742nd of his NHL career. He also added an assist to extend his point spree to three games.

Lars Eller contributed two assists, while Tom Wilson, Evgeny Kuznetsov, Nick Jensen, Dmitry Orlov, Oliver Bjorkstrand, Boone Jenner, Alexandre Texier, Eric Robinson and Jakub Voracek picked up a helper each.

Axel Johnsson-Fjallby chipped in one assist for his first career NHL point.

Gustav Nyquist also lit the lamp for the Blue Jackets. He tied the game at 3-3 near the midway point of the second stanza.

Ilya Samsonov stopped 26 shots for his fourth win in four starts.

Joonas Korpisalo made 24 saves, but failed in his attempt to win three straight starts.

ARIZONA 1 CHICAGO 2

The Blackhawks have a three-game win streak after defeating the Coyotes on Friday night.

Dylan Strome, who got his first goal of the year, scored what held up as the game winner on the power play at the 9:26 mark of the third period.

Andrew Ladd got Arizona on the board 1:41 into the third frame with a power-play tally.

Alex DeBrincat opened the scoring at 5:26 of the second stanza with his eighth of the year. He has a three-game point streak.

Patrick Kane earned two assists to give him four helpers during a three-game point streak. He also concluded the contest with six shots on goal.

Lawson Crouse, Kyle Capobianco, Seth Jones, who has a six-game point spree, and Riley Stillman picked up an assist each.

Reese Johnston had a game-high 11 hits.

Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 22 of 23 shots for his third win in 10 starts.

Scott Wedgewood stopped 27 shots in the loss in his first start since being claimed off waivers from New Jersey.