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WASHINGTON - Braden Holtby stopped 28 shots, Alex Ovechkin scored his seventh goal and the Washington Capitals handed the Boston Bruins their first road loss of the season, 4-1 on Thursday night.

John Carlson had a goal and an assist for the Capitals, whose 9-3-0 record matches the best start in franchise history.

Holtby notched shutouts in all three games between the teams last season. A power-play goal by Jimmy Hayes in the first period ended the streak.

Ovechkin tied the game at 1 with the 482nd goal of his career, one short of Sergei Fedorov for most among Russian-born players in NHL history.

Brooks Laich and Karl Alzner scored a goal each for the Capitals.


MONTREAL (AP) ? David Desharnais and Brendan Gallagher scored 1:33 apart in the third period to lift Montreal to the victory over New York.

Dale Weise and Tomas Plekanec also scored for Montreal. The Canadiens are 3-0-1 since Mike Condon replaced injured Carey Price as the starting goaltender and are 12-2-1 overall.

Kyle Okposo scored and the Islanders lost for the fourth time in five games, including two overtime defeats.

Montreal had a 24-18 shot advantage and beat former Canadiens goaltender Jaroslav Halak for only the second time in six meetings.


BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) ??? Steven Stamkos, Tyler Johnson and Nikita Kucherov scored in the first period and Tampa Bay beat Buffalo for the seventh straight time.

Tampa Bay's early barrage chased goaltender Linus Ullmark, and Andrei Vasilevskiy made 30 saves for the Lightning. Victor Hedman added an empty-net goal.

Rookie star Jack Eichel scored his fifth goal of the season for Buffalo.

Chad Johnson replaced Ullmark and stopped all 10 shots he faced.


OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) ??? Mika Zibanejad scored the shootout winner, Craig Anderson made 38 saves and Ottawa beat Winnipeg.

Cody Ceci and Bobby Ryan scored in regulation for the Senators.

Andrew Ladd and Dustin Byfuglien also scored for Winnipeg and Michael Hutchinson turned away 29 shots.

Trailing 2-1 to start the third period, the Jets didn't wait long to tie things up. Byfuglien stripped Erik Karlsson of the puck at centre along the boards and then beat Anderson 26 seconds into the period.

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