The Associated Press
Dec. 16, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) — Alex Ovechkin scored with 48 seconds left and goalie Phillip Grubauer off for an extra attacker to cap a late three-goal rally and the Washington Capitals went on to beat the Philadelphia Flyers 5-4 in a shootout Sunday.
Mike Green cut Washington's deficit to 4-2 with 8:40 remaining, and Dmitry Orlov pulled the Capitals within one with 3:31 to go. The two defensemen scored on long slap shots.
Ovechkin then tied it with his NHL-leading 27th goal.
In the shootout, Eric Fehr and Nicklas Backstrom for Washington and Grubauer made two saves on three shots to give Washington an improbable victory in the first meeting of the teams since they brawled at the end of the Capitals' 7-0 victory in Philadelphia on Nov. 1.
Marcus Johansson had a first-period goal for Washington.
Claude Giroux, Mark Streit, Sean Couturier and Jacob Voracek scored for Philadelphia, and Michael Raffl had three assists.
BLACKHAWKS 3, KINGS 1
CHICAGO (AP) — Jonathan Toews set up two of Chicago's three first-period goals, and the Blackhawks cooled off Los Angeles in a rematch of last season's Western Conference finals.
Rookie Antti Raanta made 21 saves to help Chicago bounce back from a 7-3 loss at Toronto on Saturday night. Marian Hossa had a short-handed score that snapped Los Angeles' NHL-record streak of 18 games without allowing a first-period goal.
Kris Versteeg and Patrick Sharp also scored for Chicago. Alec Martinez scored for Los Angeles.
The Kings (22-8-4) had won six in a row and were hoping to complete a perfect four-game trip in the same building where their Stanley Cup title defense ended in June. But the matchup of the NHL's best offensive team and the league's stingiest defense went to the high-scoring Blackhawks, who have won four of five and lead the NHL with 53 points.
DUCKS 3, OILERS 2
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Dustin Penner scored the tiebreaking goal with 3:17 to play, Ryan Getzlaf extended his points streak to 14 games, and Anaheim beat Edmonton for its fifth straight victory.
Corey Perry's seven-game goal streak ended, but his linemates connected for the deciding score in the Pacific Division-leading Ducks' 15th win in their last 17 meetings with last-place Edmonton.
Teemu Selanne ended his 19-game goal drought in the second period, and Jonas Hiller made 23 saves to help the Ducks improve to 13-0-2 at Honda Center.
Sam Gagner scored the tying goal with 9:34 to play for the Oilers, who have lost three straight. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins also scored, and Ilya Bryzgalov stopped 31 shots.
RANGERS 4, FLAMES 3, SO
NEW YORK (AP) — Benoit Pouliot scored in the seventh round of the shootout, and New York rallied to beat Calgary for its first win on a long homestand.
Pouliot scored the fourth goal of the Rangers' first shootout of the season, and Henrik Lundqvist stopped Mikael Backlund to give the Rangers the win. New York is 1-3-1 on its team-record, nine-game homestand.
Derek Stepan and Carl Hagelin scored to erase the Rangers' early 2-0 deficit, and Chris Kreider made it 3-3 with 7:53 left in regulation.
Backlund, Curtis Glencross and Sean Monahan scored in regulation for Calgary.
PANTHERS 2, CANADIENS 1
MONTREAL (AP) — Jesse Winchester and Nick Bjugstad scored in a 2:27 span in the second period, and Scott Clemmensen made 17 saves in Florida's victory over Montreal.
Alex Galchenyuk scored for Montreal, and Peter Budaj made 23 saves.
Florida extended its winning streak to three games, and Montreal lost for the third time in four games.
Winchester opened the scoring at 4:44 of the second, beating Budaj with a one-timer off the post. Bjugstad scored at 7:11, finishing off a 3-on-2 rush by firing a wrister under Budaj's glove.
Galchenyuk scored on a power play at 2:28 of the third.
LIGHTNING 3, RED WINGS 0
DETROIT (AP) — Ben Bishop made 28 saves for his sixth career shutout, and Tyler Johnson, J.T. Brown and Alex Killorn scored in the third period in Tampa Bay's victory over Detroit.
Petr Mrazek stopped 24 shots for Detroit, which lost its fifth in a row.
Johnson opened the scoring 3:13 into the third, tipping in a loose puck from the front of the net for his eighth goal. Brown scored at 9:16, beating Mrazek on a tip off Nate Thompson's pass from the corner.
Killorn added an empty-net goal.