Ovechkin scores twice as Capitals blank Maple Leafs 4-0
WASHINGTON (AP) — Alex Ovechkin scored his 40th and 41st goals of the season and added an assist, and Braden Holtby made 32 saves as the Washington Capitals ended a three-game losing streak with a 4-0 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Sunday.
Ovechkin struck just 33 seconds into the game and added a second-period score as he surpassed the 40-goal mark for the seventh time.
Marcus Johansson and Joel Ward (empty net) added third-period goals for Washington, and Holtby picked up his seventh shutout and 30th win of the season.
Pittsburgh’s Evgeni Malkin scored twice and added an assist as the Penguins revived power play dominated the Columbus Blue Jackets in a 5-3 win.
David Perron, Steve Downie and Derrick Pouliot also scored for the Penguins, who have won four straight. Sidney Crosby picked up two assists and Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 22 shots as Pittsburgh sent the Blue Jackets to their sixth straight defeat.
Curtis McElhinney made 36 saves for the Blue Jackets. James Wisniewski, Ryan Johansen and Nick Foligno scored for the Blue Jackets.
In Sunrise, Florida, Jaromir Jagr had a goal and an assist as the Panthers beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-3.
Aaron Ekblad, Brad Boyes and Aleksander Barkov also scored for the Panthers. Al Montoya made 20 saves, and Jonathan Huberdeau had three assists.
Tyler Johnson, Steven Stamkos and Anton Stralman scored for the Lightning.
The Winnipeg Jets downed the Sacramento Kings 5-2 to boost their playoff hopes after Andrew Ladd scored twice.
The Jets also got goals from a pair of recent acquisitions, Drew Stafford and Tyler Myers, and held the defending Stanley Cup champions to 20 shots on goal in one of their more complete efforts of the season. Blake Wheeler added an empty-net goal.
In other games, Clayton Stoner scored the go-ahead goal in the third period with his first of the season as the Anaheim Ducks beat the Dallas Stars 3-1, and Nick Bonino, Radim Vrbata and Chris Higgins scored in the shootout as the Vancouver Canucks recovered from blowing a three-goal lead for a 6-5 win over the St. Louis Blues.