NHL Wrap: Ovechkin scores four, Caps win in SO

NHL Wrap: Ovechkin scores four, Caps win in SO
December 11, 2013, 12:00 am
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Alex Ovechkin (right) scored four goals to help force an overtime in which the Capitals eventually won in a shootout. (USA Today Images)

WASHINGTON -- Alex Ovechkin scored four goals, including the equalizer with 32.4 seconds left in regulation, and the Washington Capitals rallied to beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 6-5 in a shootout Tuesday night.

Ovechkin increased his NHL-leading total to 26 goals and became Washington's career leader in power-play goals, scoring twice with the extra man to pass Peter Bondra, who had 137.

Nicklas Backstrom had a goal and four assists, and Troy Brouwer beat Tampa Bay goalie Ben Bishop in the fifth round of the shootout to provide the Capitals with their fifth win in six games.

Martin St. Louis and Tyler Johnson each had a goal and two assists for the Lightning, who squandered a three-goal lead in losing their sixth straight at Washington (see full recap).

Johansen's shot beats Devils
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Martin Brodeur thought the puck might have been kicked in. Columbus coach Todd Richards preferred to call it good fortune.

Nick Foligno scored the game-winning goal with 91 seconds left when Ryan Johansen's shot went in off his skate, giving the Blue Jackets a 5-4 victory over Brodeur and the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday night.

"We've been on the other side of some of these," Richards said, referring to a sloppy yet entertaining game of turnovers, mistakes and prime scoring chances. "We were even or maybe outplayed the other team and came out on the losing side. Sometimes these games even themselves out and tonight we won a game when the hockey gods helped us out a little bit (see full recap)."


Kings blank Canadiens in blowout
MONTREAL -- Rookie Martin Jones made 31 saves for his second shutout in as many games, and six Los Angeles players scored in the Kings' 6-0 victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday.

Jordan Nolan, Anze Kopitar, Alec Martinez, Tyler Toffoli, Jake Muzzin and Justin Williams scored for the Kings, who won their fourth straight.

Carey Price made 12 saves on 16 shots for the Canadiens before being replaced by Peter Budaj, who stopped 12 of 14 shots.

With the loss, Montreal snapped a 10-game point streak dating back to Nov. 16 when the Canadiens were beaten 1-0 by the New York Rangers (see full recap).