The Associated Press
RALEIGH, N.C. — The Washington Capitals felt they gave away two goals. Alex Ovechkin got them right back when it mattered most.
Ovechkin scored his NHL-leading 26th goal 1:57 into overtime, and the Capitals beat the Carolina Hurricanes 5-4 on Tuesday night for their third straight win.
“It’s almost like whenever he decides to end it, he can just go do it,” linemate Devante Smith-Pelly said.
Ovechkin also tied it with 7:15 left in regulation, with Nicklas Backstrom assisting on both goals. Alex Chiasson, Smith-Pelly and Dmitry Orlov each scored for the Capitals, who went to overtime for the sixth time in eight games and have won four of those.
Teuvo Teravainen and Elias Lindholm scored in the third period, and Victor Rask had two goals for the Hurricanes, who trailed by two midway through the second. They rallied to take a short-lived lead midway through the third before Ovechkin struck twice to snap their six-game home winning streak.
Penguins 5, Flyers 1: PHILADELPHIA — Phil Kessel and Conor Sheary scored in a four-goal second period to lead Pittsburgh.
Lightning 2, Maple Leafs 0: TORONTO — Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 30 shots for his NHL-best sixth shutout of the season to lead Tampa Bay to its 12th win in 14 games.
Blues 3, Devils 2: ST. LOUIS — Carter Hutton stopped 24 shots through overtime and both New Jersey attempts in the shootout to lift St. Louis.
Blue Jackets 2, Stars 1: DALLAS — Oliver Bjorkstrand scored twice 78 seconds apart early in the third period, and Columbus stopped a three-game losing streak.
Sharks 4, Canadiens 1: MONTREAL — Timo Meier scored twice, and San Jose has won four of their last five.
Wild 5, Panthers 1: ST. PAUL, Minn. — Matt Cullen and Eric Staal each scored twice as Minnesota stopped Florida’s five-game winning streak. Devan Dubnyk made 25 saves for Minnesota, which has won three of four. Zach Parise made his season debut for the Wild after missing the first 39 games while recovering from back surgery.
Kings 5, Oilers 0: EDMONTON, Alberta — Jonathan Quick made 32 saves for his third shutout of the season, and Dustin Brown scored twice to lead Los Angeles. Andy Andreoff, Marian Gaborik and Adrian Kempe also scored for the Kings, who are 4-1-2 in their last seven games.
Ducks 5, Canucks 0: VANCOUVER, British Columbia — Ryan Miller made 31 saves in his return to Vancouver, earning his second shutout this season with Anaheim and the 41st of his career. Anders Nilsson allowed four goals on 19 shots for the slumping Canucks, who have lost 10 of 12.