WASHINGTON - After getting an Olympic send-off from Secretary of State John Kerry, Alex Ovechkin scored his NHL-leading 40th goal with 12:14 remaining Thursday night as the Washington Capitals rallied from a third-period deficit for a 4-2 win over the Winnipeg Jets.
Troy Brouwer scored twice, Tom Wilson had a goal, and Braden Holtby made 34 saves for the Capitals, who are trying to generate at least a modicum of momentum headed into the Olympic break. Washington had dropped 10 of its previous 13, including a 1-0 shutout loss to the New York Islanders on Tuesday.
CANADIENS 5, CANUCKS 2
MONTREAL (AP) — Max Pacioretty scored three goals for his third career hat trick — despite missing two penalty shots — to help the Canadiens to a victory over the Canucks that extended Vancouver's losing streak to six games.
Pacioretty was awarded two penalty shots in a two-minute span in the second period, but failed to convert, losing control of the puck both times. Despite missing both, Montreal's leading scorer became the first Canadiens player to take two penalty shots in the same game — let alone the same period.
BLUES 3, BRUINS 2, OT
ST. LOUIS (AP) — T.J. Oshie scored 3:29 into overtime, leading the Blues to a victory over the Bruins.
Oshie jammed the puck in from the side of the net as the Blues, who had a 3-2 shootout win Nov. 21 in Boston, swept the season series.
RED WINGS 3, PANTHERS 1
SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — Gustav Nyquist scored the go-ahead goal in the second period, helping lift the Red Wings over the Panthers.
OILERS 2, RANGERS 1
NEW YORK (AP) — Nail Yakupov scored with 1:38 left in regulation to give the Oilers a win over the Rangers.
FLYERS 3, AVALANCHE 1
Mason blanked Detroit 5-0 on Jan. 28 and stopped the Los Angeles Kings 2-0 on Feb. 1. He was only 2:50 away from his fourth shutout of the season, and third in five games, when Nathan MacKinnon beat him for his 21st goal of the season. Mason stopped his first 33 shots.
Claude Giroux scored an empty-netter in the final minute for the Flyers.
FLAMES 4, ISLANDERS 2
Jones banked the puck off the Islanders goalie Evgeni Nabokov from a sharp angle at 14:28 to lift the Flames to their sixth victory in seven games and their first at Nassau Coliseum since 2004.
Mikael Backlund added an empty-net goal for the Flames.
SENATORS 3, SABRES 2
OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Milan Michalek scored his second goal of the game with 23 seconds left as the Senators defeated the Sabres.
MAPLE LEAFS 4, LIGHTNING 1
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Jonathan Bernier made 33 saves and the Maple Leafs beat the Lightning.
Ondrej Palat scored for Tampa Bay. Lightning goalie Ben Bishop left after two periods with an upper-body injury and was replaced by Cedrick Desjardins. Center Valtteri Filppula left due to a lower-body injury.
WILD 3, PREDATORS 2, OT
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Nino Niederreiter's goal with 2:44 left in overtime lifted Minnesota to a victory over Nashville, the fifth straight home win for the Wild.
Kuemper made 16 saves, and the Wild improved to 21-7-2 at home this season.
KINGS 2, BLUE JACKETS 1, OT
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jonathan Quick beat fellow Olympic goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky with 24 saves, Jake Muzzin scored the tying goal early in the third period and Robyn Regehr got the winner 2:33 into overtime to help the Los Angeles Kings beat the Columbus Blue Jackets.
In the final game for both clubs before the Olympic break, the Kings snapped a four-game losing streak with their second victory in 12 games.
Bobrovsky, last season's Vezina Trophy winner, stopped 18 shots and lost for just the third time in 13 starts. Jack Johnson scored Columbus' goal during a power play early in the first period.