WASHINGTON – After getting an Olympic send-off from Secretary of State John Kerry, Alex Ovechkin scored his NHL-leading 40th goal with 12:14 remaining Thursday night as the Washington Capitals rallied from a third-period deficit for a 4-2 win over the Winnipeg Jets.
Troy Brouwer scored twice, Tom Wilson had a goal, and Braden Holtby made 34 saves for the Capitals, who are trying to generate at least a modicum of momentum headed into the Olympic break. Washington had dropped 10 of its previous 13, including a 1-0 shutout loss to the New York Islanders on Tuesday.
Bryan Little and Dustin Byfuglien scored, and Ondrej Pavelec stopped 26 shots for the Jets, who had a three-game winning streak snapped.
CANADIENS 5, CANUCKS 2
MONTREAL (AP)—Max Pacioretty scored three goals for his third career hat trick—despite missing two penalty shots—to help the Canadiens to a victory over the Canucks that extended Vancouver’s losing streak to six games.
Ryan White and Tomas Plekanec also scored for Montreal, while Carey Price made 42 saves.
Pacioretty was awarded two penalty shots in a two-minute span in the second period, but failed to convert, losing control of the puck both times. Despite missing both, Montreal’s leading scorer became the first Canadiens player to take two penalty shots in the same game—let alone the same period.
Chris Higgins and Alexander Edler scored for Vancouver and Roberto Luongo stopped 25 shots.
BLUES 3, BRUINS 2, OT
ST. LOUIS (AP)—T.J. Oshie scored 3:29 into overtime, leading the Blues to a victory over the Bruins.
Oshie jammed the puck in from the side of the net as the Blues, who had a 3-2 shootout win Nov. 21 in Boston, swept the season series.
Alexander Steen and Jaden Schwartz also scored for St. Louis, which blew a 2-0 lead in the third period.
David Krejci and Brad Marchand scored for the Bruins.
RED WINGS 3, PANTHERS 1
SUNRISE, Fla. (AP)—Gustav Nyquist scored the go-ahead goal in the second period, helping lift the Red Wings over the Panthers.
Brian Lashoff and Daniel Alfredsson also scored and Jimmy Howard made 23 saves as the Red Wings ended a four-game road losing streak.
Scottie Upshall scored and Tim Thomas stopped 30 shots for Florida, which has lost four of its last five.
OILERS 2, RANGERS 1
NEW YORK (AP)—Nail Yakupov scored with 1:38 left in regulation to give the Oilers a win over the Rangers.
Ryan Smyth also scored for Edmonton, which is 5-5 in its last 10. Ben Scrivens made 35 saves.
New York’s season-high four-game winning streak came to an end. Derick Brassard scored and Cam Talbot made 29 saves.
FLYERS 3, AVALANCHE 1
PHILADELPHIA (AP)—Steve Mason stopped 38 shots, and Mark Streit and Michael Raffl scored goals, leading the Flyers past Colorado.
Mason blanked Detroit 5-0 on Jan. 28 and stopped the Los Angeles Kings 2-0 on Feb. 1. He was only 2:50 away from his fourth shutout of the season, and third in five games, when Nathan MacKinnon beat him for his 21st goal of the season. Mason stopped his first 33 shots.
Claude Giroux scored an empty-netter in the final minute for the Flyers.
FLAMES 4, ISLANDERS 2
UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP)—David Jones scored the tiebreaking goal late in the third period and rookie Reto Berra made 28 saves as the Flames beat the Islanders.
Jones banked the puck off the Islanders goalie Evgeni Nabokov from a sharp angle at 14:28 to lift the Flames to their sixth victory in seven games and their first at Nassau Coliseum since 2004.
Mikael Backlund added an empty-net goal for the Flames.
Sean Monahan and Dennis Wideman scored in the second period to put Calgary ahead 2-0. But the Islanders rallied to tie it on goals by defencemen Thomas Hickey and Calvin de Haan.
SENATORS 3, SABRES 2
OTTAWA, Ontario (AP)—Milan Michalek scored his second goal of the game with 23 seconds left as the Senators defeated the Sabres.
The Sabres had fought back to tie the game with two third-period goals, but Senators captain Jason Spezza found Michalek in the slot and he beat Jhonas Enroth over the shoulder for the winner.
Erik Karlsson also scored for the Senators and Craig Anderson made 30 saves.
Tyler Ennis and Drew Stafford scored for the Sabres, who lost for the fourth straight time. Enroth made 33 saves.
MAPLE LEAFS 4, LIGHTNING 1
TAMPA, Fla. (AP)—Jonathan Bernier made 33 saves and the Maple Leafs beat the Lightning.
Mason Raymond, Jay McClement, James van Riemsdyk and Tyler Bozak scored for Toronto, which was coming of a 4-1 loss Tuesday night at Florida.
Ondrej Palat scored for Tampa Bay. Lightning goalie Ben Bishop left after two periods with an upper-body injury and was replaced by Cedrick Desjardins. Center Valtteri Filppula left due to a lower-body injury.
WILD 3, PREDATORS 2, OT
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP)—Nino Niederreiter’s goal with 2:44 left in overtime lifted Minnesota to a victory over Nashville, the fifth straight home win for the Wild.
Jonas Brodin and Zach Parise scored early to offset two goals for the Predators by Craig Smith, who raised his team-leading total to 18. Carter Hutton made 33 saves.
Kuemper made 16 saves, and the Wild improved to 21-7-2 at home this season.
KINGS 2, BLUE JACKETS 1, OT
LOS ANGELES (AP)—Jonathan Quick beat fellow Olympic goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky with 24 saves, Jake Muzzin scored the tying goal early in the third period and Robyn Regehr got the winner 2:33 into overtime to help the Los Angeles Kings beat the Columbus Blue Jackets.
In the final game for both clubs before the Olympic break, the Kings snapped a four-game losing streak with their second victory in 12 games.
Bobrovsky, last season’s Vezina Trophy winner, stopped 18 shots and lost for just the third time in 13 starts. Jack Johnson scored Columbus’ goal during a power play early in the first period.