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NHL Roundup: Alex Ovechkin makes history with Caps win

NHL: Washington Capitals at Calgary Flames
March 8, 2022; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; Washington Capitals’ Alex Ovechkin (8) and goaltender Vitek Vanecek (41) celebrate defeating the Calgary Flames at the Scotiabank Saddledome. Mandatory Credit: Candice Ward-USA TODAY Sports

March 9, 2022

Alex Ovechkin scored twice to secure third place on the NHL all-time list, and the Washington Capitals defeated the Calgary Flames 5-4 on Tuesday night for their third straight win.

The forward scored in the second half and added an empty goal to lift Jaromir Jagr (766) to third all-time. Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom became the ninth pair of teammates to collectively play 1,000 NHL games.

Nic Dowd got the starting shot for Washington and Nick Jensen had three assists. Vitek Vanecek made 31 saves.

Elias Lindholm scored twice for Calgary, who saw their 13-game home scoring streak come to an end. Dan Vladar made 22 saves.

Coyotes 9, Red Wings 2

Nick Schmaltz had two goals and two assists to lead Arizona to a street fight over Detroit.

Jakob Chychrun and Nick Ritchie each have two goals and an assist for Arizona, who have won three straight games and four of their last five. Christian Fischer and Clayton Keller scored in the third half for Arizona, who have scored 17 goals in their last two games.

Robby Fabbri and Jakub Vrana scored for Detroit, who have lost five of their last six.

Blackhawks 8, Ducks 3

Patrick Kane set a career high with six points as Chicago beat the Anaheim visit.

Kane had one goal and five assists – surpassing a previous career-high five points, which he had scored twice in his 15-year career. Dylan Strome had three goals and one assist on his 25th birthday, Alex DeBrincat had one goal and three assists, and Marc-Andre Fleury made 29 saves for the Blackhawks, who lost six of their previous eight.

Ryan Carpenter and Jonathan Toews added Chicago’s other goals. Jakob Silfverberg, Trevor Zegras and Adam Henrique all scored for Anaheim in the opener of a five-game road trip. John Gibson was waived after scoring five goals in the first half.

Devil 5, Avalanche 3

Yegor Sharangovich had a goal and an assist as New Jersey defeated Colorado by three goals in Newark, NJ

Nathan Bastian, Ty Smith, Damon Severson and Tomas Tatar also scored for the Devils, who have won back-to-back. Jesper Bratt had three assists, Jack Hughes had two assists and Nico Daws had 23 stops.

Colorado’s Nathan MacKinnon had a goal and two assists, Cale Makar and Mikko Rantanen each had a goal and an assist, and Darcy Kuemper made 38 saves. Leaders Avalanche have fallen to 1-2-1 in their last four games.

Maple leaves 6, octopuses 4

Auston Matthews scored three goals to take his league lead to 43 as Toronto beat the Seattle visitors.

William Nylander, John Tavares and Mitchell Marner each had a goal and an assist for the Maple Leafs, who won for the fifth time in seven games. TJ Brodie and Michael Bunting each added two assists. Jack Campbell made 26 saves.

Colin Blackwell had a goal and an assist for the Kraken, and Carson Soucy, Alex Wennberg and Jaden Schwartz also scored. Philipp Grubauer stopped 26 shots for Seattle that went 0-3-0 on a five-game road trip.

Nozzle 7, Flash 4

Pierre-Luc Dubois and Kyle Connor struck two minutes apart in the third period to open a tie and help host Winnipeg beat Tampa Bay.

Paul Stastny scored twice and Josh Morrissey had one goal and one assist for Winnipeg. Meanwhile, Mark Scheifele scored with three assists as the Jets improved to 3-1-1 in their last five.

Ryan McDonagh, Victor Hedman, Alex Killorn and Ross Colton each scored points for the Lightning, which had seven of eight overall wins and four straight on the road.

Predators 2, stars 1

Captain Roman Josi opened the scoring 22-1 in the third period against Dallas, helping hosts Nashville to their fourth win in six games.

Josi scored his 15th goal of the season after providing four assists in Nashville’s 8-0 win at San Jose on Saturday. Ryan Johansen also scored in the third period and Juuse Saros made 22 saves to improve his career to 12-4-1 against Dallas.

Defender John Klingberg scored a goal after 32 seconds in the third half for the Stars, who saw their four-game winning streak come to an end.

Senators 4, Blues 1

Josh Norris and Tim Stutzle each had a goal and two assists as the visiting Ottawa defeated St. Louis and went on a five-game losing streak.

Brady Tkachuk, who grew up in St. Louis watching his father Keith play for the Blues, and Alex Formenton also scored for the Senators. Colin White notched two assists and Anton Forsberg made 22 saves to earn the win.

David Perron scored and Jordan Binnington stopped 24 shots for the Blues, who are without a win in their last four games (0-3-1). The Blues also lost winger Pavel Buchnevich, who was knocked out late in the third period by a high Austin Watson strike.

Panthers 4, Penguins 3

Carter Verhaeghe scored the ultimate goal and added an assist as the visiting Florida team won Pittsburgh for a fourth consecutive season.

Sam Reinhart, Aaron Ekblad and Anthony Duclair also scored and Aleksander Barkov added two assists for the Panthers, who squandered a two-goal lead in the first half before scoring the next two. Sergei Bobrovsky made 32 saves.

Bryan Rust and Sidney Crosby each had a goal and an assist, while Jake Guentzel also scored for the Penguins, who lost their second straight game. Tristan Jarry stopped 25 shots.

Wild 5, Ranger 2

Kevin Fiala scored two goals, Marcus Foligno added a goal and two assists and Minnesota pulled away to a win over New York in Saint Paul, Minn.

Ryan Hartman and Joel Eriksson Ek also scored for the Wild, who suffered a slip in two games. Minnesota’s Cam Talbot stopped 23 of 25 shots.

Dryden Hunt and Mika Zibanejad scored for Rangers, who lost for the first time in four games. New York goaltender Alexandar Georgiev gave up five goals on 28 shots, falling to 7-9-2.

Flyer 2, Golden Knights 1

Justin Braun and Oskar Lindblom each scored and Carter Hart made a career-high 47 saves as host Philadelphia beat Vegas.

Scott Laughton had assists on both records for the Flyers, who won their second straight game. Hart had 17 saves in the third period as the Flyers ended their longest homestand of the season 3-4-1.

Evgenii Dadonov scored the only goal for the Golden Knights, who lost their winning streak in two games. Robin Lehner stopped 19 shots.

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