T.J. Oshie scores hat trick on emotional night

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T.J. Oshie was playing with a heavy heart after his father Tim, who was affectionately known as “Coach,” died earlier this week. The Capitals wore stickers on their helmets with “COACH” on them for Wednesday’s contest. Oshie missed Monday’s game against the New York Rangers and Wednesday’s rematch was his first since his father’s passing. Tim was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in 2012.

Oshie scored a hat trick in Wednesday’s 4-2 victory over the Rangers. He potted a pair of power-play goals in the second period and completed his fifth career three-goal game in the third with an empty-netter. He was visibly emotional on the bench afterward in what was a heartwarming and inspirational moment.

The contest was incredibly ugly beforehand. The Rangers were out for revenge after Tom Wilson wasn’t suspended following an incident on Monday involving Pavel Buchnevich and Artemi Panarin, who was injured and won’t play again this season.

There were three fights off the opening faceoff and each team had six fighting majors in the first period, as 72 penalty minutes were handed out in the first 4:14 of the contest.

Wilson, who was fined $5,000 for roughing on Buchnevich, left the game due to an upper-body injury. Coach Peter Laviolette said following the match that he expects Wilson to be fine. He fought Brendan Smith and then received a 10-minute misconduct prior to exiting.

Buchnevich may be facing supplemental discipline after he cross-checked Anthony Mantha in the face. That added to the penalty minute count, as the teams combined for 141 minutes in the sin bin. The Rangers accounted for 85 of that total.

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DALLAS 2 TAMPA BAY 6

The Lightning posted a decisive win over the Stars following a tight two-game split this past weekend against Detroit.

Andrei Vasilevskiy was back in goal on Wednesday after he got those two games off for rest. He stopped 20 shots for his league-leading 31st win of the season.

Erik Cernak collected one goal and two assists in the match.

Brayden Point, Tyler Johnson and Alex Killorn, who scored on the power play, recorded one goal and one assist each.

Ross Colton and Mikhail Sergachev added empty-netters for Tampa Bay in the third period

Tyler Seguin and Andrej Sekera scored for the Stars in the defeat. It was Sekera’s third goal of the year, while Seguin has lit the lamp in each of his first two games following off-season hip surgery.

Joe Pavelski, Jason Robertson, Roope Hintz, Joel Hanley, Mathieu Joseph, Barclay Goodrow, Blake Coleman and Yanni Gourde picked up one helper apiece.

Jake Oettinger stopped 14 of 18 shots in the loss.

MONTREAL 1 OTTAWA 5

The Senators have two wins in a row and have posted a victory in seven of the past nine games. Ottawa has a 7-1-1 record during that span.

Shane Pinto opened the scoring with his first NHL goal.

Joel Edmundson tied the game with 32 seconds remaining in the first period.

The Senators scored four unanswered goals after that with Brady Tkachuk and Nick Paul finding the back of the net in the second stanza.

Connor Brown and Alex Formenton lit the lamp for Ottawa in the third frame.

Brown has a team-leading 19 goals on the year, while Tkachuk is tied for second with 17.

Tkachuk also dished out seven hits and posted four shots on Wednesday night.

Nick Suzuki had one assist and a game-high seven shots on goal in the loss.

Erik Brannstrom registered three assists in the contest, while Artem Zub posted two helpers.

Chris Tierney, Colin White, Josh Norris and Tyler Toffoli also chipped in one assist each.

Jake Allen permitted five goals on 34 shots in the defeat,

Anton Forsberg stopped 30 shots to earn a win in his first appearance since April 12. Ottawa announced the signing of Forsberg to one-year contract extension worth $900,000 prior to the match and he celebrated in style.

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WASHINGTON 4 NEW YORK RANGERS 2

The Capitals swept a two-game set versus the Rangers to move back into a tie with Pittsburgh for the top spot in the East Division.

T.J. Oshie led the way with a hat trick and Dmitry Orlov collected three assists.

Nic Dowd, Alexis Lafreniere and Morgan Barron scored the other goals in the match.

It was Barron’s first career NHL point in his third game this season.

Zac Jones registered two helpers in the match for his first NHL multi-point performance.

Nicklas Backstrom. Carl Hagelin, Brenden Dillon, Trevor van Riemsdyk, John Carlson, Filip Chytil and Libor Hajek contributed one assist each.

Vitek Vanecek stopped 19 shots to get his 20th victory of the year.

Alexandar Georgiev made 31 saves on 34 shots in the defeat.

NASHVILLE 2 COLUMBUS 4

The Blue Jackets denied the Predators of a chance to clinch a playoff spot with a victory to end the team’s two-game winless skid (0-0-2). Nashville could have earned a playoff berth with a victory.

Oliver Bjorkstrand was the offensive star with two goals and one assist in the match. His empty-net buzzer beater gives him 17 goals on the season.

Mikhail Grigorenko snapped a 2-2 tie at the 13:50 mark of the third period and it held up as the game winner.

The Predators got unassisted goals from Tanner Jeannot and Calle Jarnkrok, who gave the team a 2-1 lead at 17:53 of the second stanza.

Jack Roslovic had the other goal of the match when he lit the lamp early in the second period during a Columbus power play.

Cam Atkinson, Mikko Lehtonen and Vladislav Gavrikov provided two assists each, while Max Domi chipped in with one helper.

Atkinson also had a game-high six shots on target.

Elvis Merzlikins shielded 30 shots for his eighth win of the year.

Juuse Saros surrendered three goals on 26 shots in the defeat.

ANAHEIM 3 ST. LOUIS 2 (SO)

The Blues picked up one point, but failed to clinch a playoff berth following Wednesday’s defeat in a shootout.

Troy Terry scored the only goal of the shootout after he picked up an assist on a marker by Haydn Fleury in the third period.

Max Jones had Anaheim’s other goal in the match.

Mike Hoffman (power play) and Kyle Clifford found the back of the net for the Blues.

Ryan O'Reilly, Justin Faulk, Sam Carrick, Cam Fowler, Trevor Zegras and Ivan Barbashev collected one helper apiece.

Jordan Binnington made 33 saves in regulation and overtime, but came out on the losing end.

Anthony Stolarz blocked 24 of 26 shots as well as all three attempts in the shootout to get his fourth win of the season.

David Backes had two shots and two hits in 10:32 of ice time in what may have been his final NHL game.

VEGAS 3 MINNESOTA 2 (OT)

The Golden Knights bounced back from Monday’s 6-5 loss to the Wild with a thrilling overtime victory. Vegas increased their lead in the West Division in the process.

Chandler Stephenson opened the scoring at the 8:30 mark of the second period.

Kirill Kaprizov scored two goals in the third period just over two minutes apart to put Minnesota ahead. He is up tp 26 goals on the year.

Reilly Smith scored on the power play shortly later to tie the game at 2-2 with his 10th of the year.

Alex Pietrangelo netted the game winner just 1:53 into the extra session.

Ryan Hartman posted two assists in the match, while Mats Zuccarello, Mattias Janmark, William Karlsson, Jonathan Marchessault, Alex Tuch and Alec Martinez earned one helper each.

Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 26 shots to record his 24th win of the season. He has won his past seven starts and moved into sole possession of third place on the NHL’s all-time wins list with 490.

Cam Talbot turned aside 31 of 34 shots in the defeat.

WINNIPEG 4 CALGARY 0

The Jets clinched a berth in the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs and snapped a seven-game losing streak with Wednesday’s victory.

Connor Hellebuyck stopped all 32 shots he faced for his third shutout of the season.

Adam Lowry generated two goals and one assist, including a shorthanded marker in the second period.

Blake Wheeler scored a pair of goals in the match to extend his point streak to five straight games. He has three goals and three helpers during that span.

Andrew Copp provided two assists, while Paul Stastny, Mark Scheifele, Dylan DeMelo and Neal Pionk contributed one helper apiece.

Jacob Markstrom blocked 15 of 19 shots in the loss.

Mark Giordano had a game-high five shots, while adding two hits and three blocks.

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COLORADO 2 SAN JOSE 3

The Sharks snapped a three-game winless skid (0-2-1) against the Avalanche with a comeback victory.

Tyson Jost and Andre Burakovsky gave Colorado a 2-0 lead after a scoreless first period, but Tomas Hertl got San Jose non the board in the dying seconds of the second stanza.

Hertl scored again just 2:50 into the third frame and he picked up an assist on Erik Karlsson’s game winner on the power play. He has been red hot with seven goals and 15 points in the past 11 games.

Evander Kane had the primary helper on all three of San Jose’s goals.

Patrik Nemeth, Jacob MacDonald, Nazem Kadri, Conor Timmins, Alexander Barabanov and Nikolai Knyzhov concluded the match with one assist apiece.

Philipp Grubauer stopped 30 of 33 shots in the defeat. He has lost just nine times in regulation this season.

Josef Korenar blocked 30 of 32 shots for his third victory of the season.

LOS ANGELES 4 ARIZONA 2

The Kings swept a two-game set versus the Coyotes. Arizona has been eliminated from playoff contention.

Blueliners Oliver Ekman-Larsson and Jakob Chychrun (power play) scored for the Coyotes in the first period. Chychrun leads all NHL defensemen with 18 goals.

Gabriel Vilardi and Jaret Anderson-Dolan lit the lamp in the opening frame for the Kings.

Vilardi’s ninth goal of the year, and second of the game, snapped the 2-2 tie in the third period and held up as the game winner.

Sean Walker sealed the win for the Kings with an empty-netter. He also added two helpers in the match.

Quinton Byfield got his first NHL point in his fifth game with an assist.

Conor Garland supplied two assists, while Alex Goligoski, Michael Bunting, Andreas Athanasiou, Alex Iafallo and Anze Kopitar provided one helper apiece.

Adin Hill stopped 18 of 21 shots in the loss.

Cal Petersen blocked 28 of 30 shots for his ninth victory of 2020-21.