WASHINGTON (AP) — Alex Ovechkin scored his NHL-leading 49th goal of the season to snap a four-game drought and help Washington beat the Carolina Hurricanes 4-1 on Tuesday night, increasing the Capitals’ division lead.
Ovechkin snapped a shot past Petr Mrazek for the go-ahead goal 4:31 into the third period for his third goal in 10 games. With his 656th career goal, Ovechkin tied Brendan Shanahan for 13th on the all-time list.
OILERS 8, KINGS 4
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Leon Draisaitl each scored three goals, leading Edmonton past Los Angeles.
Draisaitl added an assist, Connor McDavid had a goal and three assists, and Zack Kassian also scored for the Oilers (34-34-8), who moved within five points of a wild card in the Western Conference playoff race with six games remaining.
BLUE JACKETS 4, ISLANDERS 0
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Sergei Bobrovsky recorded his second consecutive shutout and Columbus stayed in the playoff hunt by beating New York.
Ryan Dzingel, Artemi Panarin, Oliver Bjorkstrand and Cam Atkinson scored, and Bobrovsky finished with 26 saves and his eighth shutout of the season for the Blue Jackets, who are fighting to get above the wild-card line in the Eastern Division with six games to play.
SENATORS 4, SABRES 0
OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Craig Anderson stopped 35 shots for his second shutout of the season and Ottawa beat Buffalo.
Brian Gibbons had a goal and an assist, and Anthony Duclair, Rudolfs Balcers and Magnus Paajarvi also scored.
MONTREAL (AP) — Tomas Tatar had two goals and an assist to lead Montreal over Florida and remain in playoff position.
Brett Kulak, Artturi Lehkonen, Phillip Danault and Max Domi also scored for the Canadiens (41-28-8), who have won four of five.
DUCKS 5, CANUCKS 4
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Rookie Sam Steel recorded his first NHL hat trick and Anaheim beat Vancouver.
Rickard Rakell and Kiefer Sherwood also scored for the Ducks.
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Nick Cousins scored a power-play goal early in the third period and Arizona boosted its playoff chances by snapping a five-game losing streak.
Darcy Kuemper made his 18th consecutive start and stopped 31 shots for his fourth shutout of the season. Arizona, which was 0-3-2 in its previous five games, has won nine of 11 at home.