Hat tricks for Hertl, Ovechkin as Sharks beat Caps 7-6 in OT
WASHINGTON (AP) — Tomas Hertl completed his hat trick by scoring in overtime, and the San Jose Sharks withstood Alex Ovechkin’s three goals to beat the Washington Capitals 7-6 on Tuesday night and hand the defending Stanley Cup champions their sixth consecutive defeat.
Hertl scored 2:48 into the 3-on-3 session, and a handful of hats were tossed onto the ice. Many more cascaded down earlier after Ovechkin’s third hat trick this season and 23rd of his career, but that came in a losing effort because of Evander Kane’s dramatic goal that helped the Sharks end their three-game skid.
With goaltender Martin Jones pulled for an extra attacker, Kane beat Braden Holtby with a second left in regulation for his second of the night. Holtby allowed seven goals on 43 shots in what was not one of the All-Star goalie’s finest performances.
Toews scored on a backhander and Kane beat Robin Lehner between the pads after nearly pulling to a stop. Cam Ward stopped Josh Bailey and Mathew Barzal to give the Blackhawks their second straight victory following a five-game slide.
Toews and Dylan Strome scored power-play goals in regulation for Chicago. Strome connected during a 5-on-3 advantage in the second period to end the Islanders‘ shutout streak at 158 minutes, 58 seconds.
Valtteri Filppula and Barzal scored in regulation for the Metropolitan Division leaders, who lost for just the third time in 15 games.
Ward stopped 34 shots through overtime. Lehner made 38 saves for the Islanders, who came into the game off two straight shutouts.
Chicago’s Alex DeBrincat had two assists and Kane had one to extend his point streak to nine games.
Calgary (33-13-5) heads into the All-Star break as the No. 1 team in the Western Conference, six points up on San Jose.
Sebastian Aho tied it for Carolina with 44 seconds left in regulation. Dougie Hamilton also scored for the Hurricanes, and Peter Mrazek stopped 22 shots.
It was the first game between the teams since Bill Peters resigned as coach of the Hurricanes after four seasons and was hired by the Flames in April 2018.
Dylan Larkin had a goal for the Red Wings, who snapped their two-game skid. Jimmy Howard made 32 saves.
Leon Draisaitl and Matt Benning scored for the Oilers, who have lost three in a row.
OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Vinnie Hinostroza scored twice and added an assist to lead Arizona over Ottawa.
Derek Stepan also scored for the Coyotes, who are 6-1-1 in their past eight games. Darcy Kuemper stopped 25 shots.
Bobby Ryan and Ryan Dzingel had the goals for the Senators. Craig Anderson, making his second start after missing 12 games with a concussion, finished with 30 saves.