NHL recap: Alex Ovechkin hits milestone in Caps win

12/05/2021 09:41:06 GMT + 00: 00 – Alex Ovechkin scored his 750th goal in the National Hockey League when the Washington Capitals beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-1 on Saturday night.

Aliaksei Protas and Garnet Hathaway also scored for the Capitals, who improved to 4-1 in the last six games. Goalkeeper Ilya Samsonov made 17 saves.

Eric Robinson scored for Columbus, who lost all four games on their road trip and were beaten 18-6. Goalie Daniil Tarasov, who had made his second career start with Elvis Merzlikins and Joonas Korpisalo, stopped 29 of 31 shots.

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Ovechkin’s milestone came at 3:12 in the second period after a three-on-two rush. The 36-year-old Russian took a pass from defender John Carlson in the neutral zone, crossed the blue line on the right wing and shot a wrist shot just outside the face-off point past his compatriot Tarasov and inside the long post the Capitals a 2-0- Guide.

Rangers 3, Blackhawks 2

Artemi Panarin and Ryan Strome both collected one goal and two assists to take hosts New York past Chicago and expand their winning streak to six games.

Adam Fox scored one goal and one assist while goalkeeper Alexandar Georgiev made 25 saves for the Rangers, who have won 10 of their last 11 games.

Patrick Kane, in a two-point game, and Alex DeBrincat answered for the Blackhawks. Goalkeeper Kevin Lankinen stopped 28 shots.

Penguins 4, Canucks 1

Jake Guentzel collected his fourth hat trick of his career and drove his best series of points in 12 games to lead the Pittsburgh visit to a decisive victory over Vancouver.

Güntzel scored 10 goals and 16 points during his breathtaking role, the longest active run in the league. Sidney Crosby scored a total of one goal and two assists, Kris Letang received three assists and goalkeeper Tristan Jarry made 22 saves after the Penguins lost three games. Güntzel also added a helper.

Vasily Podkolzin responded for the Canucks, who saw their humble two-game winning streak drop to last place in the Pacific Division. Goalie Thatcher Demko stopped 40 shots before his team was taunted by the ice.

Red Wings 4, Islanders 3 (OT)

Moritz Seider scored 1:27 in extra time when the hosts Detroit ousted New York to their fifth win in a row.

Seiders shot from the left target circle bounced off the far post and bounced back towards the target circle. It was the 10th straight loss for the Islanders, who lost 0-8-2 while torn apart by injuries and a COVID-19 outbreak.

Filip Hronek, Sam Gagner and Givani Smith also scored for the Red Wings. Goalkeeper Alex Nedeljkovic made 20 saves. Cal Clutterbuck scored a shorthanded goal and Oliver Wahlstrom collected two power play goals for the Islanders, who started Saturday with the worst power play percentage (10.2 percent) in the NHL.

Panther 4, Blues 3 (SO)

Infrequent striker Maxim Mamin scored two goals, including the tie late in the third period, when Florida took a penalty shoot-out win over St. Louis in Sunrise, Florida.

Anton Lundell and Sam Rinehart scored on penalties for Florida. St. Louis’s Ryan O’Neil tried to level the penalty shoot-out 2-2, but his forehand shot was blocked by Sergei Bobrovsky’s right ball, ending the game.

The Panthers, who have the best home record in the NHL at 14-1-0, never led the game but won their third straight competition. The Panthers were 3-2 back until they pulled Bobrovsky 2:36 from the end in the third period. Two seconds later, the puck was in the St. Louis net thanks to a faceoff win by Lundell that resulted in Mamin’s second goal of the game.

Blitz 3, Bruins 2 (OT)

Steven Stamkos’ slap shot from the right circle for his twelfth goal of the season in the team classification after 1:31 of extra time lifted Tampa Bay over hosts Boston.

Stamkos entered the Bruins zone with a 2-on-1 lead, but held the puck himself before venturing out and sending it up on the side of his glove at goalkeeper Jeremy Swayman.

Taylor Raddysh and Ondrej Palat also scored for Tampa Bay. Andrei Vasilevskiy recorded 37 saves for the Lightning, who have won five of their last seven games (5-1-1). Charlie Coyle and Curtis Lazar each lit the lamp for Boston. Swayman stopped 22 of 25 shots for the Bruins, who lost four of seven (3-3-1).

Predators 4, Canadiens 3 (OT)

Filip Forsberg scored 12 seconds behind in extra time when Nashville came out on top during his visit to Montreal.

Forsberg was knocked out of his hands by defender Ben Chiarot, and then the game – led by Mikael Granlund – went behind the Montreal net. After retrieving his stick and being the only player on the left side of the ice, Forsberg took a cross-ice feed from Granlund and scored his eleventh goal to win.

Luke Kunin scored a hat trick from Gordie Howe – a goal, an assist and a 5-minute fighting game – and Tanner Jeannot broke a 10-game goalless streak. Eeli Tolvanen also counted for the Predators. Mattias Ekholm provided two assists and Colton Sissons drove in his 400th NHL game. Juuse Saros made 20 saves.

Wild 4, Maple Leafs 3 (SO)

Kirill Kaprizov scored the winning goal on a penalty shootout and Minnesota defeated Toronto in Saint Paul, Minnesota, extending their winning streak to six games.

The Maple Leafs, who came 3-0 down to tie the game in the second period, saw the end of their seven-game winning streak, which set a club record. They also had an overall winning streak of five games. Toronto had a power play in the last 59 seconds of extra time when Jonas Brodin was called in to strike.

Jordan Greenway, Mats Zuccarello and Marcus Foligno scored for Minnesota. Joel Eriksson Ek had two assists.

Senators 6, Avalanche 5 (OT)

Brady Tkachuk scored a runaway goal 51 seconds after extra time when hosts Ottawa beat Colorado.

Tkachuk ended with two goals and an assist, Tim Stutzle also had two goals and an assist, Josh Norris had a goal and an assist and Austin Watson also scored for Ottawa. Anton Forsberg had 26 parades for the senators.

Gabriel Landeskog, Devon Toews and Alex Newhook each scored one goal and one assist, Tyson Jost and Darren Helm also scored and Nathan MacKinnon provided three assists for the avalanche.

Hurricanes 6, Sabers 2

Teuvo Teravainen scored two goals and Sebastian Aho provided three assists when hostess Carolina emphatically ended a three-game losing streak with a win over Buffalo.

Vincent Trocheck had one goal and two assists and Nino Niederreiter had one goal and one assist for the Hurricanes. Martin Necas and Ian Cole added goals and Antti Raanta stopped 32 shots.

Henri Jokiharju and Zemgus Girgensons scored for the Sabers, who have stood 1-7-1 in their last nine games and have allowed 20 goals in their last three games. Malcolm Subban made 19 saves from 25 shots on his Sabers debut before leaving with an obvious injury mid-third period. Aaron Dell stopped all four shots with relief.

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