Ovechkin OT goal helps snap four-game point drought

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Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (center) celebrates his game-winning goal Thursday night with his teammates as Lightning defenseman Brett Clark skates away.  NICK WASS/ASSOCIATED PRESS
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Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (center) celebrates his game-winning goal Thursday night with his teammates as Lightning defenseman Brett Clark skates away.

WASHINGTON — Alex Ovechkin scored on a wrist shot at 4:09 of overtime, and the Washington Capitals came back to beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-2 on Thursday night, snapping a three-game losing streak.

Ovechkin is a two-time NHL MVP mired in his poorest season. He celebrated the end of his four-game point drought by racing over to leap into the boards.

Washington trailed 2-1 late in the third period, before Marcus Johansson forced overtime by scoring with 3:58 left.

DEVILS 5, ISLANDERS 1

In Newark, N.J., Ilya Kovalchuk recorded his second hat trick in just over three weeks to lead New Jersey.

Patrik Elias and David Clarkson also scored and Martin Brodeur made 29 saves as the Devils earned their 38th win, matching last season’s total when they missed the playoffs for the first time since 1996.

SENATORS 4, RANGERS 1

In Ottawa, Ben Bishop made 25 saves in his home debut with the Senators, who beat Eastern Conference-leading New York.

Nick Foligno had the winning goal, and Zack Smith, Kyle Turris and Jason Spezza, with an empty-netter, also scored for the Senators (36-25-8).

PREDATORS 4, AVALANCHE 2

In Nashville, Tenn., Sergei Kostitsyn scored at 19:28 of the second period, as Nashville held off Colorado.

The Predators, coming off their first home loss in regulation since Jan. 5, improved to 18-3-2 in their past 23 home games.

BLUES 3, DUCKS 1

In St. Louis, Patrik Berglund scored the go-ahead goal in the third period and Jaroslav Halak made 24 saves for his career-high seventh consecutive win.

St. Louis improved to a league-best 28-4-4 at home with their seventh win in eight games.

FLYERS 5, PANTHERS 0

In Philadelphia, Ilya Bryzgalov made 28 saves to record his second shutout in three games as the Flyers won their fourth in a row.

Brayden Schenn, Matt Read, Scott Hartnell, Jaromir Jagr and Eric Wellwood scored for the Flyers.

BLUE JACKETS 3, KINGS 1

In Columbus, Ohio, Mark Letestu scored twice and Jack Johnson had a goal against his former teammates to lead the Blue Jackets to their fourth consecutive win while ending Los Angeles’ three-game winning streak.

BRUINS 3, SABRES 1

In Boston, David Krejci scored for the fifth time in the past five games and the Bruins won consecutive games for the first time in almost two months.


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