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Ovechkin nets 2nd straight hat trick, Caps top ‘Canes
NHL

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Alex Ovechkin had his second consecutive hat trick and Jakub Vrana scored in the sixth round of a shootout to lead the Washington Capitals past the Carolina Hurricanes 6-5 on Friday night.

Ovechkin’s three goals gave him an NHL-best 28 this season and nine in his last five games. His 13-game point streak matched his career high set in 2006-07.

Tom Wilson and Travis Boyd also scored for the defending Stanley Cup champions, who have won 11 of 13. The Metropolitan Division leaders got three goals in a 5:42 span of the second to tie it at 4, a burst capped when Boyd redirected in John Carlson’s shot with 1:41 left in the period.


PENGUINS 5, BRUINS 3

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Jake Guentzel tipped in Kris Letang’s shot midway through the third period to fend off a Boston rally, and Pittsburgh goaltender Casey DeSmith made it stand up.

Chris Wagner and David Krejci scored in a 54-second span of the third to erase a two-goal deficit for the Bruins, but Guentzel responded by redirecting Letang’s drive from the point past Jaroslav Halak with 9:13 left to put Pittsburgh ahead to stay.


DEVILS 5, GOLDEN KNIGHTS 4, OT

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Nico Hischier scored 41 seconds into overtime to cap New Jersey’s comeback from three goals down against Vegas.

Travis Zajac, Miles Wood, Kyle Palmieri and Brett Sevey also scored for the Devils, who trailed 3-0 after one period and 4-1 in the second before rallying for their second win in five games. 


COYOTES 4, RANGERS 3, OT

NEW YORK (AP) — Derek Stepan scored against his former team with 32 seconds left on the clock in overtime and Arizona rallied from a three-goal deficit to defeat New York, snapping a four-game losing streak.

Jordan Oesterle, Josh Archibald and Oliver Ekman-Larsson also scored for the Coyotes, who trailed 3-0 early in the second period. Adin Hill stopped 27 shots.


JETS 4, BLACKHAWKS 3, OT

CHICAGO (AP) — Mark Scheifele scored twice, including 50 seconds into overtime, and Winnipeg edged Chicago for its fourth consecutive victory.

Scheifele dug the puck out from behind the net, skated around the side and beat Corey Crawford for his 20th goal of the season. He has four goals and seven assists during a four-game point streak, including goals in each of the last three games.


BLUES 4, AVALANCHE 3, OT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Ryan O’Reilly scored a short-handed goal 2:05 into overtime to give St. Louis a victory over Colorado.

Colton Parayko scored twice and Ivan Barbashev also had a goal for the Blues. Jake Allen made 39 saves.

J.T. Compher had a goal and an assist, and Sven Andrighetto and Matt Calvert also scored for the Avalanche. Philipp Grubauer stopped 24 shots.


SENATORS 4, RED WINGS 2

DETROIT (AP) — Mark Stone scored midway through the third period and Chris Tierney’s second goal went into an empty net, lifting Ottawa over Detroit.

Stone had a goal overturned by video review in the first period, but there was no disputing the go-ahead goal he sent into the net after the puck was loose in the crease behind goaltender Jimmy Howard.


OILERS 4, FLYERS 1

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Connor McDavid had two goals and an assist, Leon Draisaitl added three assists and the resurgent Edmonton Oilers beat Philadelphia.

Alex Chiasson and Adam Larsson also scored for the Oilers (18-12-3), who have won five of six and are 8-1-1 in their last 10 games. 

They improved to 9-2-2 under new coach Ken Hitchcock.