Flyers rout Capitals 7-2, deny Ovechkin’s milestone bid
WASHINGTON (AP) — Sean Couturier scored twice, Claude Giroux recorded three points and Brian Elliott made 25 saves to help the Philadelphia Flyers deny Alex Ovechkin a milestone and blow out the Washington Capitals 7-2 Saturday night.
Philadelphia limited Ovechkin to one shot on net and kept Washington’s captain stuck on 698 career goals. He’ll need at least one more game to become the eighth member of the NHL’s 700-goal club.
All eyes were on Ovechkin, but it was Giroux who instead reached a milestone. With assists on Couturier’s first goal, Travis Konecny’s 18th of the season and a late 5-on-3 power-play goal, the Flyers captain reached 800 points.
Capitals coach Todd Reirden called timeout and lit into his players after the Flyers’ goal spree. But at the time he stuck with Braden Holtby, who was largely hung out to dry in allowing seven goals on 25 shots before a mercy pull in the third.
SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — Sidney Crosby scored his 10th goal in the second period, and Pittsburgh held off Florida.
Nazem Kadri scored earlier in the third to tie the game, and MacKinnon beat Elvis Merzlikins with a slap shot from the left point as Avalanche rolled to their third straight win and sixth in the last seven games.
The NHL-leading Bruins earned their sixth consecutive win. Patrice Bergeron and Jake DeBrusk each had a power-play goal in the second period, and Coyle’s second was an empty-netter that sealed it in the final minute.
Boston’s last loss to the Coyotes came on Oct. 9, 2010, a 5-2 setback in what was a Bruins’ home game in Prague.
Tuukka Rask made 29 saves for Boston.
It was Laine’s eighth career hat trick and gave the Jets points in four straight games after a five-game losing streak.
Laurent Brossoit made 25 saves for Winnipeg, which was beginning a six-game homestand.
On the winner, Campbell made the initial save on Nick Suzuki, but Kovalchuk netted the rebound for his ninth goal of the season.
John Tavares scored early in the third for the Maple Leafs. Replacing injured starter Frederik Andersen (neck), Jack Campbell made 28 saves in his second game in two nights after being acquired from Los Angeles on Wednesday night.
It was the second of three meetings between the teams, with the Oilers winning the first encounter 4-2 on Jan. 14 in Edmonton.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Roope Hintz scored the game-winner at 2:19 of overtime and finished with two goals, leading Dallas over St. Louis.
Hintz flipped in a wrist shot from the right faceoff circle for the winner and his 17th goal of the season.
Jamie Benn also scored for Dallas, which improved to 10-5 in overtime.
Colton Parayko scored two first-period goals for the Blues.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Andrei Svechnikov and Justin Williams scored in the shootout, leading Carolina past Vegas.
The loss spoiled the home debut of Vegas coach Peter DeBoer, who was hired Jan. 15 and coached his first seven games with the Golden Knights on the road.
Carolina erased a two-goal deficit twice in the third period, scoring four goals in the final frame.
Milan Lucic and Derek Ryan each had a goal and assist for the Flames, who snapped a three-game skid. Matthew Tkachuk, Sean Monahan and Tobias Rieder also scored. Mikael Backlund and Johnny Gaudreau each added two assists. David Rittich had 25 saves.
Calgary moved into the first wild card spot in the Western Conference, one point ahead of Winnipeg and Arizona, and three points behind the Canucks who lead the Pacific Division.
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