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Ovechkin gets goal, assist as Capitals edge Panthers 4-3

January 5, 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) — Alex Ovechkin had a goal and an assist to help the Washington Capitals beat the Florida Panthers 4-3 in the NHL on Sunday.

Brooks Laich and Karl Alzner added second-period goals for Washington, which has won 10 straight home games against the Panthers. The Capitals improved to 10-1-3 in their past 14 games, and avoided a letdown after their 3-2 victory over Chicago in the Winter Classic.

Braden Holtby made 29 saves for Washington.

In other games in the league, Patrick Sharp scored 1:17 into overtime to give Chicago a 5-4 overtime win over Dallas, Eric Staal scored the only goal in the shootout to lift Carolina past Boston 2-1, and Matt Hendricks scored a pair of goals as Edmonton topped the New York Islanders 5-2.

Sharp drove past Jason Spezza down the slot, took Duncan Keith’s feed from the left point and beat Kari Lehtonen with a shot that slipped between the goalie’s body and his blocker.

Brandon Saad, Patrick Kane and Bryan Bickell scored for the Blackhawks, who ended the Stars’ four-game winning streak.

Carolina’s Anton Khudobin made 19 saves, including three in the shootout, in place of Cam Ward, who played the previous four games for the Hurricanes.

Tuukka Rask made 35 saves for Boston, but couldn’t stop Staal.

In Edmonton, Jordan Eberle, Derek Roy and Matt Fraser also scored for the Oilers, who won for just the third time in their last 25 games.

New York saw its three-game winning streak ended.

Elsewhere, David Savard drove in shot from just inside the blue line with 1:01 left in the third period, lifting Columbus past Colorado 4-3.

Tampa Bay’s Tyler Johnson had two goals and Nikita Kucherov had two assists to lead the Lightning past Ottawa 4-2.

Anaheim’s Francois Beauchemin scored the tying goal with 2:17 left in the third period and Ryan Kesler got the deciding goal in the shootout, giving the Ducks a 4-3 victory over Nashville.

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