Ovechkin reaches 600 goals as Capitals beat Jets 3-2
WASHINGTON (AP) Alex Ovechkin scored twice to reach 600 goals and Evgeny Kuznetsov had the overtime winner as the Washington Capitals returned to first place by beating the Winnipeg Jets 3-2 on Monday.
Ovechkin scored in each of the first two periods to get to 42 this season. The Russian winger became the 20th player and fourth-fastest in NHL history to 600 goals and is on pace to lead the league in goals for the seventh time.
Kuznetsov made it a night of celebration for Washington by scoring on a breakaway 4:11 into overtime.
Capitals goaltender Philipp Grubauer stopped 26 shots in his third consecutive start.
Claude Giroux and Wayne Simmonds scored for the Flyers, who have lost six of seven.
Behind a run of eight wins in 11 games overall, the Blue Jackets moved past idle New Jersey into the first wild-card position in the Eastern Conference. Columbus also pulled within two points of third-place Philadelphia in the Metropolitan Division.
Backup goalie Alexandar Georgiev made 41 saves for his second win of the season.
Jonathan Huberdeau, Mike Matheson and Evgenii Dadonov scored for the Panthers, who had won eight straight home games. Vincent Trocheck had two assists, but Roberto Luongo allowed five goals on 25 shots.
The Panthers are three points behind New Jersey for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
Joonas Donskoi, Kevin Labanc and Timo Meier also scored to help the Sharks win for the fourth time on the homestand and remain in second place in the Pacific Division. Chris Tierney added an empty-net goal to seal it.
Martin Jones made 23 saves for San Jose.
Henrik Zetterberg, Trevor Daley and Gustav Nyquist scored for the Red Wings, who matched their longest losing streak of the season. Jimmy Howard stopped 29 shots.
Tyler Toffoli, Anze Kopitar and Tanner Pearson scored for the Kings, who jumped into third place in the Pacific Division with their fifth victory in seven games. Los Angeles is one point ahead of Anaheim in the division standings.
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) – Ivan Barbashev had a goal and an assist to help St. Louis beat Anaheim.
Robert Bortuzzo, Vladimir Sobotka and Patrik Berglund also scored for the Blues, who have won consecutive games after losing nine of 10. They are one point behind Anaheim and Colorado for the final playoff spot in a crowded Western Conference race.
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