Ovechkin gets 27th hat trick, rallies Capitals past Kings
WASHINGTON (AP) — Alex Ovechkin recorded his 27th career hat trick and raised his career goal total to 698 during a five-minute stretch of the third period, rallying the Washington Capitals to a 4-2 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday night.
Ovechkin, who is closing in on becoming the eighth player in NHL history to reach the 700-goal plateau, moved into the NHL lead with 40 on the season. He singlehandedly overturned a 2-1 deficit inside the final 6:10 of regulation. He has 14 of those 40 goals in his last seven games.
He added an empty-netter with 1:46 to play, moving within 10 goals of Mike Gartner for seventh on the NHL’s all-time goals list.
Jeff Carter scored his 15th and 16th goals for the Kings.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Zach Werenski scored 1:54 into overtime and Columbus extended its points streak to nine games with a win over Florida.
Werenski picked up the puck off the right boards, circled around to the bottom of the circle and beat former teammate Sergei Bobrovski, who had made 45 saves to that point.
Both teams had some good looks, especially late in the game, but both goalies were outstanding.
Elvis Merzlikins had 32 saves in picking up his fourth shutout of the season. Columbus has won eight of nine and hasn’t lost in regulation since Jan. 9, a streak of 8-0-1.
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Andrei Vasilevskiy made 28 saves and extended his streak of consecutive games without a regulation loss to 16 games, matching the franchise record set by Nikolai Khabibulin in 2002-03.
Brayden Point and Anthony Cirelli also scored, and Nikita Kucherov had two assists as Tampa Bay won its seventh consecutive home game. Alex Killorn added an empty net goal with 44.7 seconds remaining.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Andre Burakovsky had a goal and three assists for a career-best four points in Colorado’s rout of spiraling Buffalo.
Valeri Nichushkin had a goal and two assists, while Nikita Zadorov, Nazem Kadri and Mikko Rantanen also scored. Burakovsky’s goal was his 17th to match a career high, and he extended his point streak to five games.
Philipp Grubauer stopped 23 shots in helping Colorado improve to 4-1-2 in its past seven.
Buffalo’s Sam Reinhart deflected in Jake McCabe’s point shot in the final second of the first period.
The Canucks lost in regulation for the first time since Jan. 14, when they were shut out at Winnipeg 4-0. Vancouver had surged since then, winning five straight before a 4-3 shootout loss at Carolina on Sunday.
Palmieri scored two-power-play goals for New Jersey, including the game-tying tally with 20 seconds left in regulation.
The reigning Stanley Cup champion Blues were 1-4-1 in their previous six games but hadn’t played at home in nearly three weeks due partly to a bye week and the All-Star break.
St. Louis improved to 10-0-1 in its last 11 games at home.
The Hurricanes fell to 0-5-0 over their last five games away from home.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Matt Dumba scored with 2:39 remaining in overtime to lift Minnesota past Chicago.
Nick Bonino also scored for Nashville, which is 4-2-0 in its past six games.
Juuse Saros made 33 saves for the Predators, who were beginning a four-game trip.
Hellebuyck stopped 34 shots for Winnipeg, which ended a three-game homestand 1-1-1.
The Coyotes made up for the big holes in their lineup with a solid all-around game and Raanta’s 13th career shutout, second of the season. Todd Dvorak added an empty-net goal to cap Arizona’s second win in 10 games.
Edmonton scored 26 goals during a five-game winning streak before arriving in the desert on Sunday. The Oilers missed on some good chances early and couldn’t solve Raanta, getting shut out for the fourth time this season.
Mikko Koskinen stopped 25 shots for Edmonton, which had won five straight.
CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — Joe Thornton had two assists to reach 1,500 career points and San Jose beat Calgary.
Evander Kane, Brent Burns and Kevin Labanc scored for the Sharks, who have just two wins in their last seven games. Aaron Dell, from nearby Airdrie and who played his Junior A hockey in Calgary, stopped 30 shots. San Jose is 8-11-2 since interim coach Bob Boughner replaced the fired Peter DeBoer on Dec. 11.
Calgary captain Mark Giordano left the game in the second period. The defenseman injured his right leg lunging to launch a sharp-angled shot. After testing his leg with a short skate during a timeout, last season’s Norris Trophy winner headed to the dressing room.
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