Tyler Johnson, Chris Kunitz and Adam Erne scored in regulation for the NHL-leading Lightning, who played most of the game without Nikita Kucherov after the league’s top scorer was injured. Still, the Atlantic Division leaders edged second-place Toronto hours after acquiring defenseman Ryan McDonagh and forward J.T. Miller in a blockbuster deal with the New York Rangers just before the NHL trade deadline.
Tampa Bay parted with forward Vladimir Namestnikov, two prospects and two draft picks – a first-round selection in 2018 and a conditional first-rounder in 2019.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Seth Jones and Cam Atkinson each had a goal and two assists as Columbus topped Washington.
Columbus scored four goals in the first period – two on power plays – in winning its second game in three days and first in four tries against the Capitals this season. Artemi Panarin had a goal and an assist, and Sonny Milano and Mark Letestu – acquired in a trade Sunday – also scored.
Sergei Bobrovsky made 25 saves for the Blue Jackets, who held onto the second wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference with a knot of teams still in contention.
Alex Ovechkin got his league-leading 39th goal for Washington. Braden Holtby made 12 saves in the first period and Philipp Grubauer had 18 in the last two.
Semyon Varlamov made 31 saves and came within 1:16 of his third shutout this season. The Avalanche won for the 11th time in 12 home games and moved within two points of idle Calgary for the second wild card in the Western Conference.