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NEW YORK (AP) -Alex Ovechkin finally had his Broadway breakout.

Ovechkin, who came in with only two career points in six games at Madison Square Garden, showed off his MVP form with two goals and an assist Tuesday night and rallied the Washington Capitals from a four-goal deficit to a 5-4 overtime victory over the New York Rangers.

Shaone Morrisonn scored his first of the season on the only shot in overtime to win it 59 seconds in. New York led 4-0 and carried a three-goal lead into the third period, but couldn't hold it. The only other time the Rangers did not win at home after leading 4-0 was March 27, 1979.

Ovechkin had never enjoyed a road victory against the Rangers, and the Capitals hadn't won in New York in nearly five years.

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - Captain Patrick Marleau had a goal and two assists during the Sharks' five-goal barrage in the first 21 minutes, and Evgeni Nabokov made 33 saves to keep San Jose unbeaten in regulation at home this season.

Devin Setoguchi and Joe Thornton each had a goal and an assist while the Sharks tormented Vancouver goalie Cory Schneider, who gave up those five goals on 15 shots before getting yanked. Nabokov then earned his second shutout and league-leading 19th victory with 29 saves in the final two periods.

Rob Blake and Tomas Plihal also had goals for the overall NHL leaders, who improved to 27-4-3 while setting a franchise record for the quickest five goals to open a game.

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - Tim Thomas made 25 saves and Milan Lucic broke a scoreless tie early in the third period and the Boston extended its winning streak to six, their longest stretch since last season.

Thomas, recording his third shutout this season and 10th of his career, made the goal stand up with solid stops on Travis Zajac and Dainius Zubrus in the final 4 minutes. David Krejci added an empty-net goal to seal the win.

The Bruins' Phil Kessel had his point scoring streak snapped after 18 games.

The Devils, coping with the loss of four-time Vezina Trophy winner Martin Brodeur until February or March, were 12-2-1 in the their previous 15 games. Clemmensen made 22 saves but it wasn't enough to extend New Jersey's three-game winning streak.

TORONTO (AP) - Rookie James Neal scored three goals for his first career hat trick and 15 Dallas players had at least one point.

Steve Ott, Fabian Brunnstrom, Brad Richards, Krystofer Barch and Mike Ribeiro also scored for the Stars. Jere Lehtinen, Landon Wilson, Trevor Daley and Stephane Robidas added two assists each.

Jason Blake and Mikhail Grabovski scored for Toronto.

DENVER (AP) - Brett Clark scored with 3:12 left in overtime.

Ryan Smyth and Paul Stastny had a goal and two assists each and Andrew Raycroft made 18 saves for Colorado in winning his fourth start in a row.

Shane Doan had two assists, Olli Jokinen had a goal and two assists and Ilja Bryzgalov made 42 saves. Ed Jovanovski and Ken Klee had two assists each for the Coyotes, who lost for the second straight night.

Clark, whose interference penalty led to the game-tying goal, atoned by scoring his second goal of the season on his 32nd birthday.

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Mike Smith made 15 saves to earn his second shutout of the season, Paul Szczechura had a goal and an assist.

Matt Pettinger had a goal and Mark Recchi recorded two assists for the Lightning, who won for the second time in their past 14 games.

The Lightning have a NHL-low eight wins this season.

Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury, who made his fourth consecutive start since returning from a groin injury, made 27 saves.

Pittsburgh, which beat Buffalo in overtime Monday night, finished a stretch of four games in six days with a 2-2 record. The Penguins have won only one of their past seven home games against the Lightning.

UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) - Bryan Little scored his second goal of the game on the power play in third period and Atlanta kept the Islanders winless in 10 games.

Little backhanded a rebound of a shot by Ilya Kovalchuk past Joey MacDonald at 7:42 of the third period to give Atlanta its third straight win against New York. It also gave Kovalchuk his 500th NHL point in his 500th game.

Colby Armstrong added an empty netter with 39.1 seconds left. It was his fifth goal in his last five games. Mathieu Schneider also scored for the Thrashers.

Andy Hilbert and Sean Bergenheim had the Islanders' goals. New York has not won in December (0-9-1). Joey MacDonald stopped 24 shots for New York.

The Islanders' last 10-game losing skid was Dec. 22, 1997-Jan. 10, 1998.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Raitis Ivanans and Peter Harrold scored their first goals of the season and Jonathan Quick stopped 24 shots for his first career shutout in the Kings' victory over the Blue Jackets.

It was the second time in 17 days that the Kings beat the Blue Jackets 3-0.

Patrick O'Sullivan had a goal and an assist and Anze Kopitar had two assists for the Kings, who ended a four-game losing skid and had lost their last four road games.

Steve Mason stopped 39 shots for Columbus, which had won its last five at home.

DETROIT (AP) - Pavel Datsyuk had two goals and an assist and Ty Conklin made 33 saves.

Nicklas Lidstrom had a goal and an assist and Tomas Holmstrom also scored for Detroit, which won for the eighth time in 10 games.

Patrik Berglund scored for St. Louis, which has lost seven of its last eight, and Manny Legace stopped 37 shots.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Jeff Carter scored his NHL-best 26th goal and Simon Gagne got the winner late in the third period.

Omitted from the All-Star ballot, Carter continues to shine and prove he deserves a spot as an Eastern Conference reserve in next month's game. He was knocked on his back and slid into the boards in the second period, a prime scoring shot wiped out on a tripping penalty. Carter needed little time to get up and punch in No. 26 to put the Flyers ahead 3-2.

Ottawa scored twice in third against Antero Niittymaki to even the score, then Gagne scored his 18th goal with 5:30 left.

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) - Tomas Vokoun made 27 saves for his second consecutive shutout and Michael Frolik scored twice.

Cory Stillman also scored to help Florida win for the eighth time in its last 11 games. The Panthers are 7-1-2 in December, tying a franchise record for victories in the month.

Pekka Rinne made 40 saves for Nashville. He came in with three shutouts in his last five starts.

Vokoun, who blanked Colorado 3-0 on Sunday, got his third shutout of the season.

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Stephane Veilleux capped off Minnesota's three-goal second period with a short-handed one and the Wild withstood Carolina's 2-minute 5-on-3 advantage in the third period.

Marian Gaborik and rookie Cal Clutterbuck also notched second-period goals, helping Minnesota erase a 2-0 deficit and win for just the third time in December (3-7-1).

Niklas Backstrom tallied 35 saves - including six during the Hurricanes' two-man advantage - to help Minnesota win for just the second time in its last nine games.

Rod Brind'Amour and Ray Whitney scored goals for Carolina, which failed to earn a point for just the second time in its last nine games. Mike Leighton stopped 20 shots, but fell to 1-5-2 in his last eight outings.

CALGARY, Alberta (AP) - Brett Sutter, Marc Giordano and Mike Cammalleri scored consecutive goals in the third period to lift the Flames over Anaheim.

Ryan Getzlaf gave Anaheim its first lead of the night, 2-1 at 3:45 of the third period.

Calgary took just 14 seconds to tie it as Sutter - the son of Flames GM Darryl Sutter - scored in his NHL debut. Giordano gave the Flames a 3-2 lead at 11:49 and Cammalleri added a goal with 5:44 left.

David Moss also scored for Calgary and Miikka Kiprusoff stopped 30 shots.

Brendan Morrison had two goals for Anaheim, which has lost five of six on the road.

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