Ovechkin scores 2 goals, Capitals rally to beat Senators 3-2


Washington Capitals left winger Alex Ovechkin (8) skates with the puck during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Ottawa Senators, Saturday, Jan. 22, 2022, in Washington. (AP Photo/ Nick Wass)


Alex Ovechkin scored his 28th and 29th goals of the season in the third period, Nicklas Backstrom pounced on a turnover to bring the winner 1:13 into overtime and the Washington Capitals rallied for a 3-2 victory over the Ottawa Senators Saturday night.

Backstrom also assisted on Ovechkin’s second goal, which tied the New York Rangers’ Chris Kreider for the NHL lead.

Backstrom then stripped the puck from a Senators defenseman deep in Ottawa’s end zone and beat goaltender Matt Murray with a breakaway backhand to give Washington its third win in nine games.

Vitek Vanecek made 20 saves for the Capitals, who trailed 2-0 after two.

Thomas Chabot and Zach Sanford scored for Ottawa and Murray made 30 saves.


BUFFALO, NY (AP) — Jeff Skinner, Tage Thompson and Peyton Krebs each scored twice, and Buffalo handed Philadelphia its 11th straight loss.

The Philadelphia skid (0-8-3) ties the Arizona Coyotes and New York Islanders for longest in the NHL this season. That’s one shy of the franchise record of 12 straight losses set in 1999. The Flyers are the first team in 11 years to lose 10 in a row twice in the same season.

Rasmus Dahlin and Alex Tuch each had two assists for the Sabers, which ended a nine-game home slide. Michael Houser made 30 saves to earn his second straight start and move to 4-2.

Claude Giroux tipped two goals for the Flyers. Rasmus Ristolainen also scored in his first game at Buffalo since being traded in the offseason. Martin Jones allowed four goals on eight shots in 18 minutes before being replaced by Carter Hart, who finished with 14 saves.


BOSTON (AP) — David Pastrnak scored a decisive power-play goal early in the third period to lead a surging Boston.

Charlie Coyle and Oskar Steen also scored for the Bruins, who are 10-2 since New Years Day. Tuukka Rask made 21 saves.

Andrew Copp and Jansen Harkins each had a goal for the Jets, who played their seventh of eight games on the road to open 2022 due to COVID-19-related postponements. Connor Hellebuyck stopped 29 shots for the Jets.

Boston’s leading scorer Brad Marchand surprisingly returned to the lineup Saturday after leaving Thursday’s game with an apparent right shoulder injury when he was hit from behind into the boards by Washington’s Garnet Hathaway.


NEW YORK (AP) — Morgan Rielly had a goal and an assist, Petr Mrazek stopped 25 shots and Toronto beat New York.

Mitch Marner and Pierre Engvall also scored as the Maple Leafs ended a six-game road trip at 3-2-1.

Zach Parise got his second of the season for New York and Semyon Varlamov made 20 saves. The Islanders lost in regulation at home for the second time in 10 games (7-2-1) after losing their first seven (0-5-2) at the $1.1 billion UBS Arena.


NEW YORK (AP) — Chris Kreider scored a hat trick to set his career high with 29 goals, tied for the NHL lead, and New York scored six unanswered for its eighth victory in 11 games .

Rangers defender Jacob Trouba scored twice. The Rangers improved to 12-3-2 at home and rallied from an early 3-1 deficit after being trailed 16-4 in the first period by the bottom Coyotes.

Igor Shesterkin made 25 saves for his sixth straight win and 10th victory in 11 games, improving his record to 19-4-2 this season.

Liam O’Brien, Andrew Ladd and Clayton Keller scored for Arizona, which led 3-1 at 7:03 of the second. Karel Vejmelka made 14 saves on 20 shots before being replaced by Scott Wedgewood at 1:33 of the third.


NEWARK, NJ (AP) — Jesper Bratt scored the game-winning goal late in the second period and New Jersey rallied to beat Carolina.

Nathan Bastian scored twice, Andreas Johnsson had a goal and two assists, Michael McLeod and Pavel Zacha each added a goal and an assist and Jack Hughes also scored for New Jersey, who snapped a three-game skid. Ryan Graves had three assists and Dawson Mercer added two.

Jon Gillies finished with 31 saves while replacing Mackenzie Blackwood to claim his first win in four games since acquiring St. Louis in December.

Andrei Svechnikov and Josh Leivo each had a goal and an assist for Carolina, and Ian Cole and Brady Skjei also scored. Jack LaFontaine made 31 saves in his first career start, nine days after the former University of Minnesota goaltender allowed two goals on three shots in his NHL debut.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Matt Duchene had two goals and an assist to lead Nashville.

Nick Cousins ​​and Filip Forsberg also scored and Juuse Saros made 28 saves for two-game winning streak Nashville. Matt Tennyson had two assists.

Adam Erne scored for Detroit, Alex Nedeljkovic made 21 saves. The Red Wings have lost two in a row.


ST. PAUL, Minnesota (AP) — Marcus Foligno scored 4:22 into overtime to lift Minnesota.

The Wild fell behind twice in the third period, but got goals from Kirill Kaprizov and Kevin Fiala to force overtime and ultimately sweep the back-to-back game with the Blackhawks after a 5-1 win at Chicago the night before.

Joel Eriksson Ek also scored for the Wild and Kaapo Kahknonen made 33 saves. Minnesota has points in six straight games and hasn’t lost in regulation since hosting the St. Louis Blues in the Winter Classic on Jan. 1. The Wild have swept three of their seven straight games this season.

Henrik Borgstrom scored twice and Alex DeBrincat added his 24th goal of the season for the Blackhawks. Kevin Lankinen stopped 40 shots for Chicago, which led 2-0 and 3-2 in the third.


EDMONTON, Alta. (AP) — Leon Draisaitl had two goals and two assists, Evan Bouchard also scored twice and Edmonton came from behind to end a seven-game losing streak.

Brendan Perlini added a goal for the Oilers (19-16-2), who were 2-11-2 in their previous 15 games. Connor McDavid had two assists and Mikko Koskinen made 44 saves.

Matthew Tkachuk, Milan Lucic and Noah Hanifin scored for the Flames (18-12-6), who are 3-8-1 in their last 12 games. Hanifin had two assists and Jacob Markstrom stopped 26 of 30 shots.

Drasaitl scored the game-clinching goal with 5:31 left in the third period as he waited for Markstrom to come down before putting the puck in the net. Draisaitl added an empty net with 1 second left for his 28th goal of the season.


SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Ross Colton scored twice and Tampa Bay routed San Jose.

Alex Killorn and Steven Stamkos each had a goal and an assist for the Lightning, which won seven of nine. Brayden Point, Joseph Mathieu and Corey Perry also scored for Tampa Bay.

Ryan McDonagh, Nikita Kucherov and Mikhail Sergachev each had two assists. Brian Elliott stopped 15 shots for the two-time defending Stanley Cup champions.


DENVER (AP) — Gabriel Landeskog scored 1:16 into overtime and Colorado won its 15th straight at home.

The Avalanche, who have won six in a row overall, became the first NHL team to win 15 straight games at home since the Washington Capitals won it from Jan. 1 to March 4, 2017.

Landeskog scored the winner, his 15th goal of the season, on a pass from Valeri Nichushkin. His one-timer on a pass in front of the net beat Cayden Primeau. Nichushkin also scored a goal after missing three games while under health and safety protocols.

Nick Suzuki had a goal and an assist, and Artturi Lehkonen also scored for the struggling Canadians, who suffered another tough loss on their 10-game journey. Montreal had only one win on the trip and four of its losses came in overtime.

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