Home Team in Caps
Washington 4, NY RANGERS 3 (OT)
PHILADELPHIA 4, NY Islanders 0
Pittsburgh 3, MONTREAL 1
OTTAWA 2, Boston 1 (OT)
Carolina 4, COLUMBUS 3 (OT)
SAN JOSE 7, Toronto 0
Minnesota 2, DALLAS 1
ARIZONA 4, Nashville 0
Tampa Bay 3, VANCOUVER 2 (OT)
St. Louis 2, LOS ANGELES 1 (SO)
OVECHKIN CAPS WILD FINISH ON BROADWAY
The New York Rangers erased a two-goal deficit in the third period, but the Washington Capitals tied the game with 5.7 seconds remaining in regulation, and Alex Ovechkin (2-0—2) went coast-to-coast to score in overtime and lift Washington to its third straight win.
* At 31-7-3 (65 points), the League-leading Capitals continued the best start to a season – in terms of wins and points – in their 41-year history. They also improved to 19-2-2 in their past 23 games dating to Nov. 21.
* Playing in his 800th career game, it was the 103rd career multigoal performance of Ovechkin's NHL career (third this season) to move within one of 500 career goals. He also extended his Capitals records for game-winning goals (85) and overtime goals (16) – the most in the NHL in each category since 2005-06 (his first season in the League).
FASTEST TO 500 GOALS (IN GP), NHL HISTORY
1. Wayne Gretzky: 575 GP
2. Mario Lemieux: 605 GP
3. Mike Bossy: 647 GP
4. Brett Hull: 693 GP
5. Phil Esposito: 803 GP
* ICYMI: Goalie Braden Holtby and defenseman Nate Schmidt (0-2—2) combined for a game-saving stop that led to Ovechkin's overtime goal.
* Holtby extended his point streak to 21 consecutive decisions dating to Nov. 12 (19-0-2). Via the Elias Sports Bureau, that equals the second-longest such run by any goaltender since 2005-06. The longest point streak in that span is the Capitals record:
Longest Point Streak by a Goaltender since 2005-06
Jose Theodore (WSH): 20-0-3 from Jan. 13-April 9, 2010
Braden Holtby (WSH): 19-0-2 from Nov. 12, 2015-Jan. 9, 2016
Roberto Luongo (VAN): 16-0-5 from Dec. 8, 2010-Feb. 12, 2011
* Holtby, whose 27 wins lead the League, earned his 128th career NHL victory to tie Don Beaupre for second place in Capitals history behind Olie Kolzig (301).
DID YOU KNOW?
Nicklas Backstrom scored the tying goal with 5.7 seconds remaining in regulation to force overtime and extend his point streak to five games (3-3—6). Via Elias, there have been five game-tying goals in the final 10 seconds of regulation this season, including two by Backstrom:
Tying Goal in Final 0:10 of Regulation, 2015-16 Season
19:59 – Nicklas Backstrom (WSH) on Nov. 7 vs. TOR (3-2 SO W)
19:58 – Jiri Hudler (CGY) on Dec. 4 vs. BOS (5-4 OT W)
19:56 – Jeff Skinner (CAR) on Nov. 7 vs. OTT (3-2 OT W)
19:54 – Nicklas Backstrom (WSH) on Jan. 9 at NYR (4-3 OT W)
19:54 – Corey Perry (ANA) on Nov. 4 vs. FLA (3-2 SO W)
* Overall, there have been 17 game-tying goals in the final minute of regulation this season. The tying team won 12 of those games, including all five when the equalizer was scored in the final 10 seconds.
WILD, WILD EAST
The Tampa Bay Lightning, Ottawa Senators, Pittsburgh Penguins, Philadelphia Flyers and Carolina Hurricanes each won to keep pace in the Eastern Conference standings, where teams Nos. 3-13 are separated by six points. That includes seven teams within four points of a wild card spot:
* Nikita Kucherov (1-1—2) scored at 3:50 of overtime to lift the Lightning to a 3-1-0 record in their past four games and to their seventh win in their past nine against the Vancouver Canucks dating to Feb. 9, 2010 (7-1-1; VAN: 2-5-2). Kucherov leads Tampa Bay with 16-17—33 (42 GP) and is two goals behind Steven Stamkos for the Lightning lead.
* Craig Anderson made 33 saves and Mark Stone scored with 37.5 seconds remaining in overtime to lead the Senators to their second win in their past three games on the heels of a three-game losing streak. Anderson is 10-4-3 at Canadian Tire Centre this season (2.31 GAA, .927 SV%, 2 SO), including wins in eight of his past 10 appearances.
* Marc-Andre Fleury made 33 saves to help the Penguins rebound from back-to-back losses (0-1-1) and improve to 5-2-2 in their past nine games. Fleury (Sorel, Quebec) improved to 20-11-3 in 35 career appearances against the Montreal Canadiens, including 9-4-2 at Bell Centre (2.68 GAA, .911 SV%, 1 SO).
* Steve Mason made saves on all 20 shots he faced, and Matt Read (1-2—3) had three points to help the Flyers to their third consecutive victory. It was Mason's his third shutout of the season – all in his past 10 decisions (6-3-1, 2.17 GAA, .929 SV%, 3 SO).
* The Hurricanes had a three-goal lead erased, but Jordan Staal (1-1—2) scored at 2:45 of overtime to help them sweep a home-and-home series with the Columbus Blue Jackets and improve to 7-0-2 in their past nine against Columbus dating to Jan. 27, 2014 (CBJ: 2-5-2). Staal had his third straight multipoint game (3-3—6); it was fourth overtime goal of his NHL career (second this season).
SHARKS CONTINUE DOMINANCE OF MAPLE LEAFS
Martin Jones made saves on all 28 shots he faced, and the San Jose Sharks scored a season-high seven goals to improve to 11-1-0 in their past 12 games against the Toronto Maple Leafs dating to Dec. 3, 2005 (TOR: 1-10-1). Via Elias, it was San Jose's largest margin of victory since Oct. 8, 2013 vs. NYR (9-2 W).
* It was Jones' 11th career NHL shutout (67 GP) and fourth this season – tied for third in the League behind Corey Crawford (6) and Jake Allen (5).
* Seven players had multipoint games for the Sharks: Tomas Hertl (2-1—3), Justin Braun (0-3—3), Brent Burns (1-1—2), Joe Pavelski (1-1—2), Joe Thornton (0-2—2), Marc-Edouard Vlasic (0-2—2) and Tommy Wingels (0-2—2).
* Burns, whose goal stood as the eventual game-winner, extended his point streak to six games (5-4—9) and maintained third place in scoring among defensemen (17-20—37 in 39 GP). His 17 goals are tops among defensemen and equal his total from 2014-15 (82 GP).
* Louis Domingue made saves on all 26 shots he faced to help the Arizona Coyotes to their third straight win and a 7-1-2 record in their past 10 games. Domingue is 6-0-2 with a 1.73 goals-against average, a .947 save percentage and two shutouts in in eight starts this season. Via Elias, Domingue is the second rookie goaltender in Winnipeg Jets/Coyotes franchise history to have multiple shutouts in a season (Robert Esche: 2 in 2000-01).
* Devan Dubnyk made 34 saves, including 15 in the third period, to guide the Minnesota Wild to their fifth win in their past nine games (5-2-2). Dubnyk has won 45 of his first 73 appearances with the Wild, including an 18-11-4 record in 2015-16 (2.29 GAA, .922 SV%, 4 SO).
* Brian Elliott made 26 saves through overtime and denied six of seven attempts in the shootout to help the St. Louis Blues end a five-game skid (0-2-3). Troy Brouwer scored the deciding goal in the seventh round of the shootout.
MILESTONES & BENCHMARKS
* Blue Jackets forward Josh Anderson, a fourth-round selection (No. 95) in the 2012 NHL Draft, scored his first career NHL goal (11 GP).
* Penguins forward Tom Kuhnhackl and Wild defenseman Mike Reilly each made his League debut.
* Hurricanes forward Kris Versteeg (1-0—1) got his 300th career NHL point (122-178—300).
* Coyotes forward Antoine Vermette (1-1—2) scored his 200th NHL goal.
* Claude Julien (BOS) coached his 900th career NHL regular-season game.
Half of Saturday's 10 games went past regulation, including four decided during 3-on-3 play. Overall, 96 of the 148 games that have required overtime this season have been decided in the extra period (64.9 percent) . . . Dallas Stars captain Jamie Benn scored his 25th goal to pull into sole possession of the League lead, one ahead of Tyler Seguin, Vladimir Tarasenko and Ovechkin . . . Patrick Sharp had the primary assist on Benn's goal to extend his career-high point streak to 12 games (6-9—15), the second-longest such run this season behind Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane (16-24—40 in 26 GP). He is the first Stars player with a point streak of at least 12 games since Dave Gagner (Nov. 21-Dec. 19, 1993: 13 GP) . . . Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson (0-2—2) leads all defensemen and ranks fourth in the NHL with 9-36—45 this season. His 36 assists are one shy of Patrick Kane for the League lead . . . The Penguins improved to 15-0-0 when leading after two periods this season. The Rangers (15-0-0) are the only other team without a loss of any kind in that scenario in 2015-16 . . . Coyotes forward Tobias Rieder (2-1—3) equaled a career high for points in a game . . . Defenseman Petter Granberg (13:12 TOI) made his debut with the Nashville Predators . . . ICYMI: Coyotes rookie Anthony Duclair successfully pulled off the "Peter Forsberg deke" late in the third period . . . Canucks forward Bo Horvat (1-1—2) scored his fourth goal in three games (4-1—5) after he had 2-8—10 in his first 39 games of the season . . . Los Angeles Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick (15 SV) had his winning streak end at seven games, but he earned a point for the eighth straight game dating to Dec. 26 (7-0-1).