TAMPA, Fla. – Alex Ovechkin assisted on Washington’s only goal in regulation, then scored in the opening round of the shootout to give the first-place Capitals a 2-1 victory over the slumping Tampa Bay Lightning on Monday night.
Alexander Semin came up big for the Caps for the second straight night, tying the game 1-1 with 5:32 remaining in the third period.
Goalie Braden Holtby replaced Michal Neuvirth after the opening period and stopped 21 shots before stopping Dominic Moore, Adam Hall and Vincent Lecavalier in the shootout to give Washington its fifth straight win.
Sean Bergenheim scored Tampa Bay’s goal on a first-period power play, redirecting a shot past Neuvirth.
ST. LOUIS (AP)—Andy McDonald scored two goals and added another in a shootout in St. Louis’ victory over Columbus.
Ben Bishop allowed one goal on 20 shots after relieving Ty Conklin midway through the first period with St. Louis trailing 3-1.
The Blues scored three times on four shots against Steve Mason in the shootout with Alex Steen getting the deciding tally.
St. Louis won for only the second time in nine games and avoiding dropping below .500 for the first time all season, and sent the Blue Jackets to their fifth straight loss.
Jakub Voracek had a goal and assist for Columbus, and Rick Nash had two assists.
Patrik Berglund added a goal and an assist for the Blues, who totalled four goals the previous four games. David Backes had two assists, ending a five-game point drought.
LOS ANGELES (AP)—Brenden Morrow scored 38 seconds into overtime, and Dallas rallied from a late deficit for a victory over the Kings.
The Dallas captain collected a back pass from Mike Ribeiro and eluded three Kings to score his 26th goal of the season for the Stars, who have won five of their past six and haven’t lost in regulation since Feb. 22.
Trevor Daley and Jamie Benn scored tying goals for the Stars in the third period, with Benn getting a short-handed breakaway goal with 14:40 to play.
Willie Mitchell, Justin Williams and Kyle Clifford scored for the Kings, who lost three of four to wrap up a six-game homestand.
Dallas moved into a tie for fifth place in the muddled Western Conference standings.