Capitals rally to take down Lightning 6-5
APWASHINGTON -- 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.
December 12, 2013, 12:05 am TWN
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.
Ondrej Palat scored on a wrist shot between the circles after taking Johnson's centering pass from behind the net to put Tampa Bay up 5-4 at 8:36 of the third period.
It appeared that would hold up until Ovechkin scored from the left circle after Washington pulled goalie Philipp Grubauer.
Islanders 3, Sharks 2, SO Kyle Okposo scored the tying goal with 1:37 left in regulation and got the game-winner in the fourth round of a shootout to help New York snap a 10-game losing streak with a victory over San Jose.
Thomas Vanek also scored in regulation and the shootout for the Islanders. Kevin Poulin made 46 saves and was outstanding early to keep the Islanders in the game until they broke through with two third-period goals. Then he stopped three of four attempts in the shootout despite appearing to injure himself on a pad save against Joe Pavelski in the first round.
Patrick Marleau and Pavelski scored for the Sharks, who blew a 2-0 lead and have lost four straight. Antti Niemi made 26 saves.
New York had also lost 10 straight road games in regulation since beating Ottawa 5-4 in a shootout on Nov. 1.
Panthers 3, Red Wings 2, SO Brad Boyes scored the winning goal in a shootout to lift Florida over Detroit.
Aleksander Barkov also scored in the tiebreaker for Florida, which has won three of four overall and two in a row against the Red Wings.
Tomas Tatar scored for Detroit in the shootout but Tim Thomas stopped shots by Daniel Alfredsson and Gustav Nyquist.
Nick Bjugstad and Sean Bergenheim had goals in regulation for Florida. Thomas made 24 saves.
Pavel Datsyuk and Todd Bertuzzi scored for the Red Wings. Jimmy Howard made 25 saves and Johan Franzen had two assists.
Detroit lost for the sixth time this season when leading after two periods. Florida scored twice in the third to tie the game.
Predators 4, Rangers 1 Nick Spaling and Rich Clune scored first-period goals, and seldom-used backup Carter Hutton made 28 saves as Nashville snapped a five-game losing streak by beating New York.