Alex Ovechkin was injured and the Washington Capitals missed a major opportunity to move up the standings on Sunday by squandering a lead and losing 4-3 in a shootout to the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Ovechkin hit the boards hard early in the third period after tripping over the Toronto goaltender’s stick and was ruled out with what the team called an upper-body injury.
The Capitals took a two-goal lead shortly after Ovechkin left the game in obvious pain. They left with just one point after Toronto’s Alex Kerfoot scored to end the shootout in seven rounds.
Ovechkin’s uncertain status is the Capitals’ most alarming situation as the playoffs begin in just over a week.
Ilya Mikheyev scored in the third period to halve Toronto’s deficit, and Jason Spezza tied the game with 57.3 seconds left. The Maple Leafs moved closer to home advantage in the first round.
LIGHTNING 8, PANTHERS 4
SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — Nikita Kucherov and Steven Stamkos each had two goals and two assists, Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 37 shots and Tampa Bay broke Florida’s franchise record of 13 straight wins.
Victor Hedman had four assists for Tampa Bay. Nicholas Paul scored twice and Brayden Point and Cal Foote also scored for the Lightning, who stayed alive in the race with Toronto for second place behind Florida in the Atlantic Division.
And even though Tampa Bay’s next game is at home on Tuesday, the Lightning weren’t heading home after the game. They are traveling to Washington, invited by President Joe Biden to visit the White House on Monday to celebrate their Stanley Cup victories in 2020 and 2021.
Sam Reinhart scored his 30th and 31st goals for Florida, which also got goals from Brandon Montour and Mason Marchment. Spencer Knight left in the second period after allowing five goals on 17 shots, and Sergei Bobrovsky played the final 27 minutes in net for the Panthers.
JETS 4, AVALANCHES 1
WINNIPEG, Man. (AP) — Adam Lowry, Blake Wheeler and Kyle Connor all scored 3:21 into the third period to help Winnipeg beat Colorado, handing the Avalanche their season-high fourth straight loss.
Nikolaj Ehlers also scored a goal late in the third period for the Jets, which snapped a four-game losing streak.
JT Compher scored early in the third period for the Avalanche, who lost all four games in regulation. Darcy Kuemper stopped 40 shots for the Central Division champions and top-seeded Western Conference.
Connor Hellebuyck made 30 saves for Winnipeg in his 65th game of the season and 380th with the team. This set a franchise (Atlanta/Winnipeg) record for games played by a goaltender, one more than Ondrej Pavelec.
HURRICANE 5, ISLANDS 2
NEW YORK (AP) — Max Domi scored the game-clinching goal early in the third period and Carolina got the help of a rookie goaltender, extending its lead in the Metropolitan Division by beating New York.
The Hurricanes won their fourth straight game and extended their advantage over the second-placed New York Rangers by four points. Carolina has two games left, including a visit to Madison Square Garden to face the Rangers on Tuesday night. New York has three more games to play.
Carolina tied franchise records for wins (52) and points (112). Both marks were established in the 2005–06 season, which culminated in the team’s only Stanley Cup championship. Seth Jarvis, Derek Stepan, Jesper Fast and Brendan Smith also scored for the Hurricanes.
Antti Raanta made 17 saves on 18 shots before appearing to suffer an injury in the second period. The Hurricanes are now missing their top two goaltenders after Frederik Andersen was injured on April 16.
Ross Johnston and Ryan Pulock scored for the Islanders, who lost their fifth straight game. Semyon Varlamov made 29 saves on 32 shots.
BLUES 6, DUCKS 3
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Ryan Getzlaf scored his final NHL point with a backhand pass to Adam Henrique for a goal with 2:41 remaining, and the longtime Anaheim captain wrapped up a career 17-year-old spent entirely with the Ducks in a St. Louis loss.
With one last playmaking burst from one of the best centers of his era, Getzlaf ended his prolific career with 1,019 points, the 88th most in league history.
The sold-out crowd at the Honda Center roared repeatedly for Getzlaf from his first step on the ice to his tearful final departure. After the final whistle, he walked under a spotlight on the center circle into the dark arena and thanked the crowd and his family. He won’t play Anaheim’s last two games.
Jordan Kyrou, Vladimir Tarasenko, Ivan Barbashev and Justin Faulk each had a goal and an assist in a dominant second period for the Blues, who fell 2-0 down in the first half before rallying for their 14th victory in 16 games.
WILD 5, PREDATORS 4, OT
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Dmitry Kulikov scored with 1.3 seconds left in overtime to give Minnesota a win over Nashville
Joel Eriksson Ek had two power-play goals and an assist, Nick Bjugstad and Kevin Fiala also scored, and Marc-Andre Fleury made 21 saves for Minnesota. The Wild have won five straight as they battle the St. Louis Blues for second place in the Central Division and home ice for the teams’ first-round playoff series.
Filip Forsberg had a goal and two assists, and Matt Duchene, Ryan Johansen and Dante Fabbro also scored for Nashville. David Rittich made 42 saves and Mikael Granlund had three assists for the Predators, who have lost three of four but remain the top wildcard in the Western Conference. Nashville edged Dallas one point in the standings.
BRUINS 5, CANADIANS 3
MONTREAL (AP) — Erik Haula scored two goals and Boston beat Montreal the night the Canadiens paid tribute to the late Guy Lafleur.
The Canadiens celebrated the Hall of Famer, who died at the age of 70 on Friday, in a pregame ceremony.
Video of Lafleur scoring and lifting the Stanley Cup was played at the Bell Center before fans gave him a standing ovation that lasted over 10 minutes. The Canadiens players hailed Lafleur’s retired No. 10 after the final buzzer.
Boston’s Patrice Bergeron scored two goals, including one in an empty net, and an assist. Charlie McAvoy scored the overall winner. Jeremy Swayman made 23 saves.
Josh Anderson, Mike Hoffman and Nick Suzuki scored for Montreal. Jeff Petry had two assists and Samuel Montembeault made 37 saves.
BLUE JACKETS 5, OILERS 2
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Rookie Nick Blankenburg scored his first NHL goal and added an assist to help Columbus beat Edmonton, snapping a five-game losing streak and preventing the Oilers from securing second place in the division. Peaceful.
Eric Robinson and Jack Roslovic also scored, Oliver Bjorkstrand had a goal and two assists, and Cole Sillinger added a goal and an assist for Columbus.
Jakub Voracek had three assists and Gus Nyquist had two assists for Columbus, while Elvis Merzlikins stopped 33 shots in his 26th victory.
Evander Kane and Leon Draisaitl scored for Edmonton, and Mikko Koskinen stopped 26 shots.
FLYERS 4, PENGUINS 1
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Noah Cates had two goals and an assist and Martin Jones made 37 saves in Philadelphia’s victory over Pittsburgh.
Morgan Frost added a goal and an assist and Travis Konecny scored an empty net for the Flyers, who won their second in a row after losing six in a row.
Sidney Crosby scored for the Penguins.
The Penguins entered third in the Metropolitan Division, two points ahead of Washington. Pittsburgh has two more games to play and would face the Rangers in the first round of the playoffs staying in third place. If Washington gets ahead of the Penguins, Pittsburgh will face the Eastern Conference-leading Florida Panthers in the first round.
RED WINGS 3, DEVILS 0
NEWARK, NJ (AP) — Alex Nedeljkovic made 17 saves, Oskar Sundqvist and Tyler Bertuzzi each had a goal and an assist, and Detroit beat New Jersey.
The victory ended a two-game losing streak for the Red Wings and came a day after they were eliminated by the Pittsburgh Penguins 7-2.
Sundqvist scored in the first half and Bertuzzi and Michael Rasmussen added late goals into an empty net.
New Jersey goaltender Andrew Hammond made 21 saves as the Devils lost their seventh straight game at home.
SHARKS 5, GOLDEN KNIGHTS 4, SO
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Thomas Bordeleau scored the lone shootout goal and San Jose snapped an 11-game losing streak against Vegas.
Vegas squandered a 4-2 lead with just over two minutes left in regulation time, as Nick Bonino scored his second goal of the game at 17:54 of the third period and Timo Meier added the equalizer 0.9 seconds from the end.
The loss severely damaged Vegas playoff hopes with three games left in the season. Dallas can eliminate the Golden Knights by beating them in regulation time on Tuesday.
Tomas Hertl also scored for San Jose. James Reimer stopped 42 shots.
Chandler Stephenson and Nic Roy each had a goal and an assist, and Max Pacioretty and William Carrier also scored for Vegas. Logan Thompson made 25 saves.
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