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CHICAGO (AP) -Nicklas Backstrom raced up the ice and scored at 3:10 of overtime and the Washington Capitals completed a remarkable comeback without star Alex Ovechkin to beat the Chicago Blackhawks 4-3 on Sunday.

Backstrom skated up the side, went around Chicago's Brent Seabrook in the left circle and beat Antti Niemi for his second goal of the game.

Ovechkin, the two-time MVP and the league's leading scorer this season, got a game misconduct in the first period for knocking Brian Campbell into the boards.

Washington fell behind 3-0 after two periods, but rallied with a quick three-goal spurt - with Brooks Laich, Backstrom and Eric Fehr scoring - in the final period, showing why it has the NHL's top record and also is the highest scoring team.

Jonathan Toews had two goals, and John Madden also scored for Chicago.

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Pascal Dupuis and Sergei Gonchar scored in a 2:57 span in the third period, and Marc-Andre Fleury made 21 saves for Pittsburgh.

Gonchar scored the winning goal on a power at 5:17, blasting a slap shot past Antero Niittymaki from just inside the blue line.

Lightning center Vincent Lecavalier opened the scoring with his fifth goal in six games at 8:09 of the second period.

NEW YORK (AP) - Sean Avery returned from a one-game benching to score twice and help New York climb within a point of eighth-place Boston in the Eastern Conference.

Avery returned to the lineup and raised his agitating style to the level coach John Tortorella demanded. He got the Rangers even in the second period and drew three Philadelphia penalties, including two resulting in power plays.

Michal Rozsival had the go-ahead goal in the second period, and Henrik Lundqvist made 17 saves for New York. Danny Briere scored for Philadelphia.

ATLANTA (AP) - Adrian Aucoin scored the shootout winner, Lee Stempniak had his sixth goal in five games with Phoenix, and the Coyotes won their fifth straight.

Phoenix has won 13 of its last 17 games. After setting a Coyotes single-season record with a 4-0 win Saturday at Carolina, Phoenix has 42 victories, one away from tying the franchise mark set by Winnipeg in 1984-85 - when overtime ties were not broken in shootouts. Atlanta has lost six straight, including four at home.

Matthew Lombardi also scored for Phoenix. Maxim Afinogenov and Nik Antropov scored power-play goals for Atlanta in the third.

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Patric Hornqvist scored the tiebreaking goal with 3:31 to play, and Pekka Rinne made 18 saves for Nashville.

Steve Sullivan and Colin Wilson also scored in the Predators' seventh straight victory over Los Angeles. Anze Kopitar scored his career high-tying 32nd goal, and Dustin Brown also scored for the Kings.

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Josh Harding made 36 saves, and Mikko Koivu had a power-play goal and two assists, propelling Minnesota past St. Louis.

Andrew Brunette and Guillaume Latendresse also scored in a three-goal first period for Minnesota, which pulled within a point of 10th-place St. Louis in the Western Conference. Patrik Berglund and Paul Kariya scored for St. Louis, which finished 4-2 on its six-game trip to surge back into contention.

DALLAS (AP) - Craig Anderson made 48 saves, Paul Stastny scored twice, and Colorado rallied to beat Dallas.

Chris Stewart, Darcy Tucker and Milan Hejduk also scored for the Avalanche. Brandon Segal scored twice in a 1:22 span in the second, and Jamie Benn added a goal for Dallas, 1-5-1 since the Olympic break.

UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) - Richard Park scored a short-handed goal and added an assist, and Martin Biron made 26 saves for New York.

Tim Jackman, Frans Nielsen and Matt Moulson also scored, and Blake Comeau added three assists. Nikolai Kulemin scored for Toronto. The Maple Leafs had their season-high winning streak snapped at three.

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