WASHINGTON (AP) Alex Ovechkin scored twice to take the NHL lead in goals, Braden Holtby recovered from a mini-slump to get his fifth shutout of the season, and Sidney Crosby had one of his worst faceoff nights as the Washington Capitals broke a four-game losing streak with a 4-0 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday.
Ovechkin had a tip-in goal in the first period and then scored during a power play in the second. His 29 goals are one more than Rick Nash and Tyler Seguin. Eric Fehr and Mike Green scored in the third.
Holtby, who had allowed four goals in each of his last three starts, stopped 27 shots to blank the Penguins for the second time in a little over a month. Pittsburgh hasn’t scored on Washington in 120 minutes this season.
Crosby received an injection last week to treat a lower-body injury that caused him to miss one game as well as the NHL All-Star game, and he wasn’t the usual Sid.
He lost 15 of his first 18 faceoffs and lost 17 of 24 for the game. The Penguins also played their third straight without Evgeni Malkin, who also has a lower-body injury. Pittsburgh has lost five of six.
DEVILS 2, MAPLE LEAFS 1, SO
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) – Jacob Josefson and Patrik Elias scored in the shootout and New Jersey rallied late to extend Toronto’s losing streak to a season-high seven games.
Cory Schneider made 29 saves through overtime and handled both Toronto shootout attempts as the Devils won for the fifth time in eight games (5-2-1). Defenseman Adam Larsson scored the tying goal with 2:50 left in regulation.
James van Riemsdyk scored on a breakaway in the third period, and Jonathan Bernier made 22 saves in Toronto’s loss.
Bernier made a pad save on Scott Gomez on the Devils’ first shootout attempt, but Josefson and Elias beat him with backhanders on the next two tries.
Mike Santorelli missed the net on Toronto’s first attempt, and Schneider stopped Tyler Bozak on the second.
KINGS 4, BLACKHAWKS 3
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Jake Muzzin scored the tiebreaking goal with 3:37 to play, Jeff Carter had two goals and an assist, and Los Angeles roared back in the final minutes to snap its four-game losing streak with a victory over Chicago.
Tyler Toffoli tied it with 6:11 left for the defending Stanley Cup champions, who made a dynamic rally in their first game back after stumbling into the break in ninth place in the Western Conference after losing seven of eight.
Andrew Shaw scored the tiebreaking goal early in the third period for the Blackhawks, who had won four straight regular-season games over Los Angeles.
Jonathan Quick made 26 saves, thwarting a huge Blackhawks surge in front of Los Angeles’ net in the final minute.