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Ovechkin makes more history with Capitals

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Talk about ringing in the new year in style.

Alex Ovechkin scored two goals, including the game-winner at 1:57 overtime, to help lift the Washington Capitals to a 5-4 win against the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday.

It was the NHL-record 22nd regular-season overtime goal for Ovechkin, who became the ninth NHL player to score at least 100 game-winning goals, joining Jaromir Jagr (135), Gordie Howe (121), Phil Esposito (118), Brett Hull (110), Teemu Selanne (110), Brendan Shanahan (109), Patrick Marleau (103) and Jarome Iginla (101).

Ovechkin leads the League with 26 goals. He has scored at least 25 in each of his first 13 NHL seasons, joining Jagr (first 17 seasons), Mike Gartner (15) and Wayne Gretzky (13) as the only four players to do so, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

He has 584 goals, all with Washington, passing Gretzky, who scored 583 with the Edmonton Oilers, for sixth-most in NHL history with one franchise.

 

Shaffer plays Vegas

He's no longer David Letterman's sidekick, but musician Paul Shaffer is still getting it done, delivering an exceptional rendition of "The Star-Spangled Banner" before the Vegas Golden Knights' game against the Nashville Predators at T-Mobile Arena.

 

Historic run continues

Here's a shock: The Golden Knights won again. They shut out the Nashville Predators 3-0 for their eighth straight win, the longest streak by any NHL franchise in its inaugural season.

But wait, there's more. The Golden Knights became the first major North American professional sports franchise to win eight straight games at any point in its inaugural season since the NBA's Denver Nuggets won eight in a row from Oct. 22 to Nov. 9, 1976, according to Elias.

 

Vasilevskiy feeling it

Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 29 shots in their 2-0 win against the Toronto Maple Leafs. It's his second consecutive shutout and NHL-best sixth of the season.

Vasilevskiy has the League's second-best goals-against average (1.95) and save percentage (.937) this season among goaltenders with at least 12 appearances, and his 26 victories are the most in the League. Perhaps his best save came when he used his left pad to stop Mitch Marner's breakaway midway through the second period.

 

Maple Leafs pay tribute to Bower

Vasilevskiy's exceptional performance came on a night when the Maple Leafs paid tribute to Hall of Fame goalie Johnny Bower, who died on Dec. 26. NHL.com Staff Writer Mike Zeisberger chronicled the emotional pregame scene from the Air Canada Centre.

 

U.S. is semi-tough

Kieffer Bellows scored twice to lead the United States to a 4-2 victory against Russia at the World Junior Championship at KeyBank Center in Buffalo. The U.S. will play Sweden in the semifinal round on Thursday.

 

Ducks, fans welcome back Eaves

Patrick Eaves of the Anaheim Ducks attended his first game on Sunday since being diagnosed with Guillain-Barre syndrome in September. Teammates and fans welcomed him back with a get-well card.

 

Hutton steals winning goal from Johansson

Marcus Johansson thought he had the game-winning goal for the New Jersey Devils in overtime, but Carter Hutton's pad kept the puck out of the net. The St. Louis Blues went on to a 3-2 shootout victory.

 

MacKinnon stickhandles to set up Rantanen

Nathan MacKinnon scored a goal, then had this eye-popping primary assist on Mikko Rantanen's second-period goal in the Colorado Avalanche's 3-2 overtime win against the Winnipeg Jets.

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