WASHINGTON (AP) Alex Ovechkin scored his first hat trick this season and the 16th of his 10-year NHL career to lead the Washington Capitals over the St. Louis Blues 4-3 on Wednesday night.
Ovechkin had a goal in each period to move one hat trick ahead of Florida's Jaromir Jagr for the most among active players. The three-time MVP, who has 12 goals this season, led the Capitals to their third win through four games of a five-game homestand.
Evgeny Kuznetsov had a goal and an assist for Washington, which outshot St. Louis 25-21 and held a lead throughout the final two periods.
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Vladimir Tarasenko scored twice and Alex Pietrangelo added a late goal for the Blues, who had won four straight. Carter Hutton made 21 saves as No. 1 goalie Jake Allen sat out the second of back-to-back games.
PENGUINS 6, RANGERS 1
NEW YORK (AP) – Sidney Crosby had two goals and an assist during a five-goal second period and Pittsburgh shut down division-leading New York in a rout.
The Penguins held New York without a shot on goal over 23:59 spanning the second and third periods. Scott Wilson, Conor Sheary, Phil Kessel and Matt Cullen also scored for Pittsburgh, and Matt Murray had 16 saves.
The Penguins moved two points behind New York for first place in the Metropolitan Division.
The Rangers won at Pittsburgh 5-2 on Monday behind a breakout second period. The Penguins exacted revenge Wednesday in nearly the exact same fashion.
Pittsburgh trailed 1-0 after 20 minutes, but then the defending Stanley Cup champions took control, chasing Henrik Lundqvist after four goals on 17 shots.
SHARKS 2, BLACKHAWKS 1
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) – Logan Couture and Joel Ward scored in the first period and San Jose gave Chicago its second straight loss.
Artemi Panarin scored for the Blackhawks, who suffered back-to-back losses for the first time since opening the season 0-2.
Martin Jones, who had his 15th career shutout Monday night, stopped 33 shots for his 10th win of the year.
Corey Crawford saved 33 shots for the Blackhawks, who entered the contest with points in 10 of their last 12 games against San Jose.
Chicago captain Jonathan Toews left with an unspecified injury following the second period. He leads the league with 292 faceoff wins and had a game-high eight after two periods.
OILERS 6, AVALANCHE 3
DENVER (AP) – Connor McDavid extended his scoring surge with a goal and two assists in the third period, Milan Lucic had four points and Edmonton beat Colorado.
McDavid, the NHL's leading scorer, has four goals and four assists in Edmonton's three-game winning streak.
The Oilers trailed 3-2 entering the third but scored three times in the first 7:25. Lucic tied it 32 seconds in when he knocked in McDavid's shot on goalie Semyon Varlamov.
McDavid gave Edmonton a 4-3 lead when his shot from the backboards went off Varlamov and in at 6:35. The second-year star then assisted on Leon Draisaitl's goal 55 seconds later.
Draisaitl also had an assist, Jordan Eberle had two goals and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins also scored for Edmonton.
Cam Talbot finished with 25 saves.
FLAMES 2, BLUE JACKETS 0
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Chad Johnson made 34 saves for his second shutout in five starts, leading Calgary over Columbus.
Troy Brouwer and Micheal Ferland scored for Calgary, which has sought stability between the pipes during an up-and-down early part of the season. The Flames maligned special teams came up big in this one.
Calgary, ranked 29th in penalty killing entering the game, was perfect during a long Columbus power play in the second period, and then its league-worst power play added a goal in the third.
Columbus dropped to 10-3-3 in its last 16 and has lost two straight at home since rolling off seven wins in a row, a franchise record.
KINGS 4, ISLANDERS 2
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Dwight King scored twice in a 20-second span late in the third period, Peter Budaj stopped 22 shots and Los Angeles defeated New York for its fourth consecutive win.
Jake Muzzin and Alec Martinez also scored to help the Kings win their fifth straight at home.
Anders Lee scored twice and Jaroslav Halak made 24 saves for the Islanders, who dropped to 1-5-1 on the road this season.
King deflected in Derek Forbort's long slap shot for the go-ahead goal with 2:28 remaining, seconds after a power play expired. He made it 3-1 just 20 seconds later, and Muzzin added an empty-netter.
RED WINGS 2, SABRES 1, SO
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) – Gustav Nyquist scored in regulation and in a shootout to help Detroit snap a four-game losing streak.
Thomas Vanek also scored in the shootout and had an assist in regulation for the Red Wings, while Brian Gionta scored in regulation for the Sabres.
Jimmy Howard made 32 saves for the Red Wings, and Robin Lehner made 23 saves for the Sabres
After 36 scoreless minutes, the Red Wings went ahead when Nyquist found the back of the net following a spinning pass from Thomas Vanek. The goal was Nyquist's team-leading fourth of the season.
PREDATORS 5, STARS 2
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Filip Forsberg, James Neal and Ryan Johansen each had a goal and an assist to lead Nashville over Dallas.
Mike Fisher and Craig Smith also scored for Nashville, winners of three of four.
Pekka Rinne made 33 saves for Nashville, improving to 7-1-2 this November.
Patrick Sharp and Brett Ritchie scored and Kari Lehtonen made 16 saves for the Stars, who have lost two of three.
LIGHTNING 4, FLYERS 2
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) – Alex Killorn and Ryan Callahan scored 12 seconds apart in the third period to help Tampa Bay beat Philadelphia.
The Lightning also got goals from Victor Hedman and Nikita Kucherov. Andrei Vasilevskiy, coming off consecutive shutouts, stopped 29 shots.
Dale Weise and Ivan Provorov scored for the Flyers, who were coming off a 3-1 win Tuesday night at Florida. Philadelphia is 4-1-1 in the second of back-to-back games.
Steve Mason made several quality stops when the Flyers were short-handed three times in the first 12 minutes of the third before Killorn (13:28) and Callahan (13:40) scored to give Tampa Bay a 3-2 lead.
Kucherov made it 4-2 late in the third.
DEVILS 5, MAPLE LEAFS 4, SO
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) – Mike Cammalleri had four points in his return to the lineup and Jacob Josefson scored in the shootout as New Jersey defeated Toronto.
Cory Schneider stopped all three Maple Leafs attempts in the tiebreaker, and the Devils overcame an early 3-0 deficit to snap a three-game losing streak, their longest of the season.
Cammalleri had a goal and three assists after missing six games. He spent more than a week with his family after his 5-year-old daughter was hospitalized with pneumonia.
Travis Zajac, Beau Bennett and Yohann Auvitu also scored for New Jersey.
Top draft pick Auston Matthews had two goals and set up another by Nazem Kadri in Toronto's big first period. Matt Martin also scored, and Jhonas Enroth made 26 saves.
WILD 3, JETS 1
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Mikko Koivu, Jonas Brodin and Zach Parise scored to lead Minnesota past road-weary Winnipeg.
Devan Dubnyk made 15 saves for the Wild and has allowed only 13 goals in his last 11 games since Oct. 25, stopping 319 of 332 shots.
Blake Wheeler scored for Winnipeg, which is 0-4 on a five-game road trip – its longest of the season. The Jets have been outscored 15-5 during their worst slide this season.
Koivu's goal was his first in 11 games.
CANUCKS 4, COYOTES 1
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) – Bo Horvat and Sven Baertschi each had a goal and two assists, helping Vancouver beat Arizona.
Loui Eriksson and Horvat scored 17 seconds apart during a three-goal second period, with Alexandre Burrows also zipping in a shot to knock Coyotes goalie Mike Smith out of the game 6:49 into the period. Burrows had an assist in a battle of teams at the bottom of the Pacific Division standings.
Ryan Miller had 35 saves and improved to 10-1 in his career against Arizona. Smith had 13 stops before departing and Louis Domingue finished the game, making nine saves.