Kovalchuk's goal gives Devils win over Capitals

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Washington's Alex Ovechkin loses the puck as he falls over New Jersey's Anton Volchenkov during the second period of the Devils' 3-2 win over the Capitals.  ALEX BRANDON/ASSOCIATED PRESS
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Washington's Alex Ovechkin loses the puck as he falls over New Jersey's Anton Volchenkov during the second period of the Devils' 3-2 win over the Capitals.

WASHINGTON — Ilya Kovalchuk scored the tiebreaking goal on a 5-on-3 power play with about 8½ minutes left to complete the New Jersey Devils’ 3-2 comeback victory Thursday night over the Washington Capitals, who have yet to beat any of the Eastern Conference’s elite teams.

Washington led 2-1 entering the third period, thanks to power-play goals by Mathieu Perrault and Mike Ribeiro.

Andrei Loktionov made it 2-all midway through the last period.

BRUINS 4, LIGHTNING 2

In Tampa, Fla., Nathan Horton scored two goals for Boston, which improved to 6-1-1 on the road.

Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand also scored for Boston.

Tampa Bay got goals from Steven Stamkos and Cory Conacher.

SENATORS 3, RANGERS 2 (SO)

In Ottawa, Kaspars Daugavins scored in the seventh round of the shoot- out and backup Senators goalie Ben Bishop picked up the win in relief of injured starter Craig Anderson.

The Senators lost Anderson at 1:43 of the third period after Rangers forward Chris Kreider was tripped in front and slid into him.

No penalty was called on the play and Anderson had to be helped to the locker room. The team said he has a sprained right ankle and is listed day to day.

PANTHERS 5, FLYERS 2

In Philadelphia, Jonathan Huberdeau and Peter Mueller each had two goals to help Florida snap a five-game losing streak.

Tomas Kopecky also scored for Florida, which was 0-2-3 since a 3-2 shootout victory in Philadelphia on Feb. 7. Scott Clemmensen, who backs up Jose Theodore, stopped 32 shots to earn his first win since April 7.

JETS 4, HURRICANES 3

In Raleigh, N.C., Blake Wheeler scored his second goal of the game with 4:54 remaining to lift Winnipeg.

Wheeler sped in on a partial breakaway after Carolina defenseman Joe Corvo slipped near the blue line and beat goalie Cam Ward. Wheeler’s goal concluded a stretch where the teams scored three goals in a span of 1:03.

Andrew Ladd and Evander Kane also scored for Winnipeg while Ondrej Pavelec made 27 saves.

BLUE JACKETS 3, RED WINGS 2

In Detroit, Vinny Prospal scored with 24.7 seconds left, capping a comeback that lifted Columbus.

Damien Brunner and Valtteri Filppula scored in the first 2-plus minutes of the game to put the Red Wings ahead by two.

R.J. Umberger’s power-play goal a couple of minutes after Detroit took its two-goal lead pulled Columbus within one. Derek Dorsett tied it in the third period.

MAPLE LEAFS 3, SABRES 1

In Toronto, James van Riemsdyk scored two goals to lead the Maple Leafs past Buffalo, spoiling the NHL head coaching debut of Ron Rolston.

Rolston, who until Wed­nesday was the head coach of the AHL’s Rochester Americans, was hired as the interim coach after the club’s decision to fire Lindy Ruff.

Van Riemsdyk’s power-play goal at 14:28 of the third – his team-leading 11th – gave Toronto breathing room after Buffalo goalie Ryan Miller stopped Van Riemsdyk with a fabulous glove save earlier on the power play.

ISLANDERS 4,

CANADIENS 3 (OT)

In Montreal, rookie defenseman Thomas Hickey scored in the extra period for his first NHL goal, as New York rallied to snap Montreal’s
six-game winning streak.

Matt Moulson scored twice and Frans Nielsen added a goal in the third period for Islanders (7-9-1), who trailed 2-0 and 3-1 but came back to end a two-game slide and win for the third time in 10 games.


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