NHL roundup: Ovechkin hits points milestone in Caps' win


Alex Ovechkin recorded a goal and three assists to reach 1,100 career points as the Washington Capitals ended a two-game losing streak with a 5-2 victory over the Minnesota Wild on Thursday night in Saint Paul, Minn.

Ovechkin scored his 34th goal of the season and 592nd of his career. He leads the NHL in goals this season, and the one he scored Thursday let him pass his total from last season. Ovechkin has four goals and eight assists over the past seven games.

Andre Burakovsky helped on the Ovechkin goal, and his goal in the third period produced a 3-0 lead. Minnesota lost in regulation at home for the first time in 14 games.

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Devils 5, Hurricanes 2

Stefan Noesen scored twice as New Jersey defeated visiting Carolina for its first victory in regulation in a six-game stretch.

Noesen, who has seven goals this season, hadn't scored since Dec. 18, when he also scored twice in a game against the Anaheim Ducks.

Damon Severson, Kyle Palmieri and Nico Hischier also scored for the Devils. Hischier registered two assists.

Islanders 3, Rangers 0

Jaroslav Halak made a career-high 50 saves as the New York Islanders continued their recent mastery of the visiting New York Rangers.

Halak made 15 saves in the first period, 14 in the second and 21 in the third en route to his first shutout since April 6 at Carolina. Halak posted his 42nd career regular-season shutout and third against the Rangers.

The Islanders beat the Rangers for the 10th time in the last 11 meetings by scoring a goal in each period and getting three assists from rookie Matthew Barzal, who leads all first-year players with 46 assists and 62 points. Barzal has nine points in three meetings with the Rangers and recorded his fourth game with at least three assists.

Penguins 3, Kings 1

Matt Murray made 34 saves in his 100th career game to lead Pittsburgh over Los Angeles, the Penguins' 10th straight home win.

Evgeni Malkin, Zach Aston-Reese and Ryan Reaves scored for the Penguins, who recorded a home win streak of 10 or more games for the sixth time in franchise history. The team record is 13-0-0 set from Nov. 15, 2013, to Jan. 15, 2014.

Dion Phaneuf, acquired in a four-player trade with Ottawa on Tuesday, scored the lone goal for Los Angeles, which dropped its third straight game despite an outstanding performance in goal by Jonathan Quick (36 saves).

Lightning 4, Red Wings 1

NHL points leader Nikita Kucherov had a goal and three assists, Steve Stamkos scored twice and Tampa Bay defeated Detroit for the 11th consecutive time.

Kucherov's four-point night gave him 76 for the season. Alex Killorn also scored for Tampa Bay, and Victor Hedman contributed three assists. Andrei Vasilevskiy made 38 saves as the Lightning completed a sweep of the four-game season series. Vasilevskiy has an NHL-high 34 victories.

The Lightning halted a two-game slide while the Red Wings have lost four of their last six.

Senators 3, Sabres 2 (OT)

Mike Hoffman scored 73 seconds into overtime as Ottawa rallied for a victory over visiting Buffalo.

Marian Gaborik had a goal and an assist in his Ottawa debut and set up the tying goal by Derick Brassard with 31 seconds left in regulation.

The Senators clinched their fourth straight home win when Erik Karlsson faked a shot from the point to get Buffalo goaltender Robin Lehner out of position. He whipped the puck to Hoffman, who one-timed the pass from the left circle by Lehner, getting his 16th goal while falling to his knee.

Ducks 3, Blackhawks 2

Adam Henrique scored the go-ahead goal midway through the third period, and visiting Anaheim rallied for a victory over Chicago.

Nick Ritchie and Ondrej Kase also scored for Anaheim, which erased a 2-0 deficit to snap a two-game skid.

Chicago lost its eighth game in a row as its postseason hopes continue to fade. Duncan Keith and Brandon Saad scored for the Blackhawks, who have lost seven consecutive contests on home ice.

Flames 4, Predators 3

Mark Jankowski broke a tie early in the third period, and Curtis Lazar netted the winner as Calgary held on for a win at Nashville.

Flames goalie David Rittich made 29 saves, 16 of them in the third period, as Calgary concluded a 4-2-0 road trip on a high.

Nick Bonino made it a 4-3 game at 12:19 of the third, taking advantage of a Rittich miscue while playing the puck and having an easy tap-in goal. However, the hosts couldn't find the equalizer.

Coyotes 5, Canadiens 2

Brendan Perlini scored two goals, including the winner, just 19 seconds apart, and rookie Clayton Keller provided a goal and three assists as Arizona beat visiting Montreal.

Perlini's two tallies came early in the second period as the Coyotes, who rank last overall in the 31-team NHL, won their second consecutive game. The Canadiens took their second loss in two nights.

Tobias Rieder and Josh Archibald also scored for the Coyotes, while Oliver Ekman-Larsson furnished three assists.

Golden Knights 4, Oilers 1

William Karlsson scored his Western Conference-leading 30th goal of the season to help lead Vegas past visiting Edmonton.

Jonathan Marchessault, Ryan Carpenter and Erik Haula also scored goals, and David Perron added a pair of assists for the Golden Knights. Vegas became the first team in the Western Conference to reach 80 points this season.

Marc-Andre Fleury finished with 28 saves for Vegas, which improved to 14-1-1 in games against Pacific Division opponents. Leon Draisaitl scored a goal and Cam Talbot had 24 saves for Edmonton, which took its fifth straight loss.

Sharks 4, Canucks 1

Brent Burns, Chris Tierney and Mikkel Boedker each had a goal and an assist as host San Jose dumped Vancouver.

Marcus Sorensen also scored for the Sharks, who posted their third win in four games. San Jose goaltender Martin Jones posted a season-high 43 saves.

Daniel Sedin scored for the Canucks, who have lost seven of their past eight games. Vancouver netminder Anders Nilsson made 26 saves.

--Field Level Media

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