Ovechkin’s 2nd straight hat trick lifts Caps past Isles 6-4
UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) — Alex Ovechkin scored three goals to tie Steve Yzerman for ninth on the career goals list Saturday, and the Washington Capitals rallied with five goals in the third period for a 6-4 victory over the New York Islanders.
Jakub Vrana scored the go-ahead goal with 2:30 left to help the Capitals extend their wining streak to four games. The Islanders lost for the fourth time in their last five games.
Ovechkin also passed Mario Lemieux for 10th place on the career list. His 692nd goal came late in the third period on an empty net to seal the victory. Washington’s Ilya Samsonov made seven saves in relief of Braden Holtby, who allowed four goals on 22 shots.
The Senators were outshot 42-21, but Hogberg’s performance kept the Flames at bay. It was the 25-year-old goalie’s second NHL win in 13 career starts.
Brady Tkachuk had a goal and assist and was on the winning side for the first time in four games against older brother Matthew. Chris Tierney, Connor Brown, Colin White and Vladislav Namestnikov had Ottawa’s other goals.
Stalock, playing his second straight game in place of Devan Dubnyk, made 27 saves for Minnesota, which has won back-to-back games to start a season-high, seven-game homestand. Mats Zuccarello and Ryan Hartman each had a goal and assist. Jared Spurgeon, Carson Soucy, Ryan Donato and Zach Parise also scored for the Wild.
Anton Khudobin started in goal for Dallas, but was pulled early in the second period after allowing four goals on 17 shots. Ben Bishop entered and made 12 saves as the Stars lost for the third time in four games.
DENVER (AP) — Cale Makar and Andre Burakovsky scored 22 seconds apart in the second period for the Avalanche to chase All-Star goaltender Jordan Binnington from the game and Colorado held on to beat St. Louis.
The Avalanche used a three-goal middle period to turn a 2-1 deficit into a 4-2 advantage. Tyson Jost also scored in the period. Nathan MacKinnon added a goal in the first and Gabriel Landeskog clinched it with an empty-netter. Makar’s goal was his 11th, breaking the franchise record for most by a rookie defenseman.
FLYERS 4, KINGS 1
Dustin Brown scored for Los Angeles, which enters a much-needed 10-day break after losing its fourth in a row and seventh in eight games. The Kings entered in the cellar in the Western Conference and tied for the third-fewest points in the league with 41. They ended a five-game road trip 1-3-1.
All-Star forward Patrick Kane extended his point streak to nine games with an assist on Saad’s goal. Kane has 999 career points heading into Sunday night’s home game against Winnipeg.
Detroit has dropped four straight, giving the once-proud franchise an NHL-worst 12-33-4 record this season.
Nick Cousins scored twice, and Ilya Kovalchuk and Joel Armia each scored once for the Canadiens, who have won four of their last five games. Carey Price made 31 saves for his fourth consecutive victory.
PREDATORS 2, SABRES 1
With Sabres captain Jack Eichel in the penalty box serving a tripping penalty, Smith redirected Kyle Turris’ shot off the left post, then off the left leg of Buffalo goaltender Linus Ullmark and into the net for Smith’s 11th goal of the season.
Nashville entered with the NHL’s 25th-ranked power play, and had failed to score on the man advantage in their last four games.
Sam Reinhart had the lone goal for Buffalo, which had won its previous three games.
Loui Eriksson, J.T. Miller and Quinn Hughes also scored for the Canucks, who won for the 11th time in 14 games and extended their home winning streak to eight games. The victory also moved the Canucks into first place in the tight Pacific Division with 58 points, one more than Edmonton, Calgary, Vegas and Arizona.
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