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.
Ondrej Palat scored on a wrist shot between the circles after taking Johnson's centring 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
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — 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.
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
SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — 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.
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
Hutton (5-3-1) made his first start since Nov. 10 and his third appearance in that span as the Predators try to get by while Pekka Rinne (hip) is out. Marek Mazanec went 0-4-1 in the previous five games.
Rick Nash cut New York's deficit in half in the second period and Henrik Lundqvist stopped 22 shots, but the Rangers fell to 0-2-1 on their nine-game homestand. They have dropped four straight at Madison Square Garden (0-3-1).
SABRES 2, SENATORS 1, SO
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Zemgus Girgensons scored the tying goal in the second period and added a score in the 10th round of a shootout to lift Buffalo over Ottawa.
With his 46th shootout win, Miller took sole possession of the record for most shootout wins in NHL history.
Buffalo is 4-0 in games decided by a shootout.
BLUE JACKETS 5, DEVILS 4
The Blue Jackets trailed 3-1 before scoring twice in 49 seconds in the second period against Martin Brodeur.
KINGS 6, CANADIENS 0
MONTREAL (AP) — Rookie goalie Martin Jones made 31 saves for his second shutout in two games, and six Los Angeles players scored against Montreal.
BLACKHAWKS 6, STARS 2
DALLAS (AP) — Patrick Sharp scored twice to extend his domination of Dallas and help Chicago cruise to an easy victory.
Brandon Saad also scored two goals for Chicago, which has won three of the four games between the teams. One victory was in a shootout.
Sharp has four goals and four assists against the Stars this season. In his last eight games versus Dallas, he has eight goals and seven assists.
Patrick Kane had a goal and two assists for the Blackhawks. Defenceman Michael Kostka returned after missing 24 games because of a foot injury to score Chicago's first goal. Antti Raanta made 27 saves for his fourth win.
BLUES 2, JETS 1
WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) — Kevin Shattenkirk scored a power-play goal at 16:58 of the third period to give St. Louis a win over Winnipeg.
Bryan Little scored early in the third for the Jets, who outshot the Blues 8-2 in a scoreless first period.
COYOTES 3, AVALANCHE 1
Jordan Szwarz also had a goal for the Coyotes, who won for the second time in five games.
Phoenix has struggled of late, going 3-5-2 in its past 10 games to slip to ninth in the Western Conference. This win pulled the Coyotes within a point of Colorado.
BRUINS 2, FLAMES 1
David Krejci scored a power-play goal almost 14 minutes into the third to pull Boston even. Only 1:38 later, Smith skated down left wing, cut around defenceman T.J. Brodie and roofed a shot into the top corner of the net over the outstretched glove of Reto Berra.
Tuukka Rask made 26 saves to help Boston win its third straight.
Jiri Hudler scored in the second period for the Flames, who had won three of four.
Iginla received an extended standing ovation before the opening faceoff of his first game back in Calgary since he was traded to Pittsburgh last season. The former Flames captain signed with the Bruins as a free agent in the off-season.
OILERS 5, HURRICANES 4, OT
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Jordan Eberle scored a power-play goal at 1:48 of overtime to give Edmonton a victory over Carolina.
Justin Faulk of the Hurricanes took a penalty early in the overtime for a hit from behind on Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. The Oilers' forward was able to remain on the ice and set up the winner, sending a pass to Eberle at the side of the net.
Edmonton recovered after wasting a 4-1 lead.
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