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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.


CALGARY, Alberta (AP) ??? Mikael Backlund scored 35 seconds into overtime and also had an assist to give Calgary the victory over Philadelphia.

With the Flames breaking in on a 2-on-1, Johnny Gaudreau's shot was stopped by Michal Neuvirth. But the rebound popped straight out, hit Backlund's leg as he skated toward the crease and went in.

Calgary improved to 3-0 in overtime, while Philadelphia fell to 1-3.

Josh Jooris also scored for Calgary. The Flames improved to 2-5 at home.

Michael Raffl scored his first of the season for Philadelphia. The Flyers are 0-3-1 on a five-game road trip that ends Saturday in Winnipeg.


ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) ??? Cody Hodgson scored the tiebreaking goal late in the third period to lift Nashville over Minnesota after Wild star Zach Parise was injured.

Mike Fisher and Roman Josi also scored for Nashville.

Marco Scandella and Matt Dumba had goals for the Wild, who lost for the first time in six home games.

Minnesota's leading goal-scorer with seven, Parise left with a lower-body injury after getting hit on his first shift. Battling for the puck near the right wall in the offensive zone, Parise went awkwardly into the boards when James Neal hit him from behind, and possibly knee-to-knee. No penalty was called.

Parise limped off favouring his right leg and briefly went down the tunnel toward the dressing room. He returned and played five more shifts, then went back to the locker room with about 2 minutes remaining in the first period. He did not return.


GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) ????????? Nicklas Grossmann had two goals, Mike Smith stopped 26 shots and Arizona held on against Colorado.

Grossmann, usually a stay-at-home defenceman, provided the unexpected offence with the first two-goal game of his 11-year NHL career. He's had two or more goals in an entire season twice and 10 total in 542 career games before Thursday.

Tobias Rieder and Jordan Martinook also scored for Arizona. Martin Hanzal had two assists after missing the previous two games with a lower-body injury. Connor Murphy and Mikkel Boedker also had two each.

Colorado's Matt Duchene scored with 3:46 left to cut the lead to 3-2, but Martinook scored on an empty net to seal it.

Cody McLeod also scored for Colorado, which has lost seven of nine.

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