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NHL Roundup: Alex Ovechkin makes history with his 767th goal

NHL: New York Islanders vs. Washington Capitals
March 15, 2022; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8) walks on the ice before the Capitals game against the New York Islanders at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

March 16, 2022

Alex Ovechkin’s 767th goal put him in sole possession of third-ranked NHL all-time scorer, and the Washington Capitals beat the New York Islanders 4-3 on penalties on Tuesday.

With the score 2-2 at 15:02 of the third period, Evgeny Kuznetsov won a faceoff in the New York final and quickly sent the puck to Ovechkin on the edge of the circle. The star striker shot past goalkeeper Semyon Varlamov for his 37th goal of the season and his final entry in the record books.

Only Wayne Gretzky (894 goals) and Gordie Howe (801) rank ahead of Ovechkin on the NHL’s all-time list. Ovechkin had spent the last three games in a draw with Jaromir Jagr at the 766-goal mark.

Anthony Mantha scored twice, including the penalty shoot-out winner, and Axel Jonsson-Fjallby also scored for Washington. Brock Nelson, Kyle Palmieri and Anders Lee scored for New York.

Panther 3, Sharks 2 (OT)

Frank Vatrano scored twice, including the winner just over a minute into overtime as the visiting side took on San Jose in Florida.

Jonathan Huberdeau also scored for the Panthers and Spencer Knight made 24 saves as Florida improved to 1-1-0 at the start of a seven-game season. The Panthers had won five straight games before taking to the streets.

Logan Couture and Nicolas Meloche each scored goals for the Sharks in the first half.

Bruins 2, Blackhawks 1 (OT)

Matt Grzelcyk scored the winning goal after 1:40 of overtime to lift Boston over hosts Chicago – the Bruins’ third straight win and 10th in 12 games.

Patrice Bergeron scored the first goal for Boston, who had a 48-20 advantage on shots on target. After two goalless periods the score was 35:11. Taylor Hall ended the night with two assists and Linus Ullmark made 19 saves.

Marc-Andre Fleury stole a point for Chicago by making 46 saves, one of his career highs. The Blackhawks had won two of their previous three games.

Jets 7, Golden Knights 3

Kyle Connor had a goal and two assists as hosts Winnipeg moved within two points of Vegas to earn the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.

Mark Scheifele, Blake Wheeler, Logan Stanley and Josh Morrissey each had a goal and an assist, and Nikolaj Ehlers and Adam Lowry also scored for Winnipeg, who won for the fourth time in five games. Connor Hellebuyck made 35 saves.

Nicolas Roy, Alex Pietrangelo and Michael Amadio scored for Vegas, who suffered their fifth consecutive loss and their 11th loss in their last 15 games (4-10-1). The Golden Knights allowed a season-high goal total.

Canuck’s 6, Devil’s 3

Bo Horvat scored two goals and added an assist as hosts Vancouver beat New Jersey for the first time in more than seven years. The Canucks had lost 12 straight games in the series since a win on November 25, 2014.

Brad Hunt, Nils Hoglander, Tanner Pearson and Juho Lammikko also scored for Vancouver. JT Miller added three assists, and Pearson also had an assistant. Thatcher Demko made 32 saves.

Jack Hughes had a goal and an assist, while Ryan Graves and Nathan Bastian also scored for the Devils. Nico Daws was drawn at 8:51 of the second period after allowing four goals on 21 shots. Jon Gillies stopped eight of 10 shots the rest of the way.

Predators 4, penguins 1

Tanner Jeannot and Eeli Tolvanen scored late in the second half in a 1:23 time span to lift Nashville over the Pittsburgh visit.

Mattias Ekholm and Yakov Trenin also scored, and Roman Josi added three assists for the Predators, who have won five of their last six games. Juuse Saros made 35 saves.

Jake Guentzel scored one goal for the Penguins, Casey DeSmith made 21 saves, and Sidney Crosby extended his scoring streak to 10 games despite being briefly eliminated after a collision.

Rangers 4, Ducks 3 (OT)

Adam Fox scored 55 seconds in overtime to lead hosts New York to a dramatic victory over Anaheim.

Chris Kreider scored the equalizer during a power play with 6:20 rule. He scored his 39th goal, 20th power play tally in the league when he backhanded the puck into the empty right side of the net after Fox’s long shot hit the crossbar and hit the end boards. Johnny Brodzinski and Mika Zibanejad scored for Rangers, who went two goals ahead of their 20th comeback win.

Max Comtois and Fowler scored in the first two periods for the Ducks, who fell to 9-11 in games decided after regulation. The Ducks have also fallen to 4-9-3 in their last 16 contests.

Avalanche 3, Kings 0

Darcy Kuemper secured 23 saves in his second straight shutout and his visit to Colorado beat Los Angeles.

Kuemper has five shutouts this season, including four since the All-Star hiatus. Valeri Nichushkin and Mikko Rantanen each had a goal and an assist, and JT Compher had one of two power play goals for the Avalanche, who lead the NHL with 91 points (43-13-5).

Jonathan Quick made 24 saves for the Kings, who have lost three of four and been ruled out for the second time in three games.

Maple leaves 4, stars 0

Erik Kallgren stopped 35 shots to score a shutout in his first NHL start as Toronto beat the visiting Dallas.

John Tavares had a goal and an assist for the Maple Leafs, who lost back-to-back. Rasmus Sandin, Ondrej Kase and Ilya Mikheyev also scored for Toronto. Mitchell Marner and Morgan Rielly each added two assists.

Jake Oettinger stopped 36 shots for the Stars, who began a four-game road trip with their third straight loss.

Coyotes 6, Canadians 3

Lawson Crouse and Clayton Keller each had a goal and an assist, and Arizona used a four-goal first half to beat hosts Montreal.

Barrett Hayton, Anton Stralman, Nick Ritchie and Crouse each scored in the first for Arizona, who scored those four goals from seven shots during that period.

Cole Caufield scored twice within eight seconds late in the second half and Laurent Dauphin scored one for the Canadians, who have been 1-2-1 for seven of eight games.

Oilers 7, Red Wings 5

Evander Kane scored twice and Warren Foegele scored the winner with 5:25 left to help Edmonton to a home win over Detroit.

After Foegele scored to make it 6-5, Kane scored an empty goal with 1:09 left to seal the win for Edmonton, who have won three straight games.

Detroit has lost six in a row and eight of its last nine.

–Field level media

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