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NHL Capsules

March 12, 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) — Goalie Cam Talbot and the New York Rangers moved atop the Metropolitan Division by beating the Washington Capitals 3-1 Wednesday night, while overcoming Alex Ovechkin’s league-leading 45th goal.

Martin St. Louis, Carl Hagelin and J.T. Miller each scored a goal for the Rangers.

Talbot made 28 saves, including one particularly spectacular glove grab of a close-in shot from Nicklas Backstrom during a scoreless 5-on-3 chance for the Capitals that lasted 78 seconds.

Talbot snatched the puck right at the goal line. The play was reviewed and the original ruling of no-goal stood.

A night after a 2-1 victory at the New York Islanders, the Rangers moved a point ahead of their city rivals with exactly a month left in the regular season.


TORONTO (AP) — Tyler Bozak tied the score late in regulation and then had the only goal in the shootout to lift Toronto past Buffalo.

Jonathan Bernier had 30 saves through overtime and then stopped all three shots he faced in the tiebreaker. Brandon Kozun and Leo Komarov also scored in regulation for Toronto. Rookie defenseman Andrew MacWilliam had an assist for his first point in his NHL debut.

Johan Larsson, Tyler Ennis and Matt Moulson scored for the Sabres. Anders Lindback finished with 31 saves, including one highlight-reel glove stop in overtime on Komarov.

Bozak’s power-play goal with 3:25 remaining tied the score as he tipped in a shot by Phil Kessel.

Moulson had put the Sabres ahead with 8:10 to go in the second period.


CALGARY (AP) — Johnny Gaudreau and Matt Stajan each scored two goals, leading Flames to a win over Anaheim Ducks.

Sean Monahan and Jiri Hudler also scored for the Flames (37-25-5), who returned to play at the Scotiabank Saddledome for the first time since a 6-3 loss to the Ducks on Feb. 20.

With the win, the Flames moved within one point of the Vancouver Canucks (38-24-4) for second place in the Pacific Division.

Kris Russell had three assists to give him eight points in his past three games, while his defense partner Dennis Wideman set up a pair of goals.

Ryan Getzlaf had two goals for the Ducks and Hampus Lindholm also scored.

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