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The two 50-goal scorers in the NHL from last season will face off when Alex Ovechkin (51) and the Washington Capitals play Leon Draisaitl (50) and the Edmonton Oilers at Rogers Place on Thursday (9 p.m. ET; SN1, NBCSWA, NHL.TV) in a game between division leaders.

Ovechkin (seven goals in 11 games) is on pace to score 52 goals. It would be his ninth season with at least 50, tying the NHL recordheld by Mike Bossy and Wayne Gretzky.

Draisaitl (six goals in 10 games) is on pace to score 49 goals after joining Gretzky (eight times), Jari Kurri (four times), Glenn Anderson (twice) and Mark Messier as 50-goal scorers for the Oilers.

This will be the ninth time Ovechkin and Draisaitl have gone head-to-head during the regular season. Each has scored twice in the first eight games.

The Capitals (7-2-2) lead the Metropolitan Division. The Oilers (7-2-1) are first in the Pacific Division despite being shut out in each of their past two games.


Lightning continue home success against Penguins

The Tampa Bay Lightning continued their dominance of the Pittsburgh Penguins at Amalie Arena by rallying for a 3-2 victory Wednesday. Tampa Bay has won four in a row and is 7-1-0 against the Penguins at home since Dec. 23, 2014.

Tweet from @PR_NHL: The @TBLightning defeated the Penguins at AMALIE Arena for the fourth consecutive time and improved to 7-1-0 against PIT on home ice dating to Dec. 23, 2014 (regular-season only). #NHLStats

Pittsburgh led 2-1 after two periods, but Cedric Paquette tied the game 2-2 at 7:07 of the third period, Victor Hedman scored the game-winner with 57 seconds remaining and Andrei Vasilevskiy made a save along the goal line as time expired. It's the 15th game-winning goal of Hedman's NHL career and he's three behind Pavel Kubina for the most in Lightning history.

Hedman's goal also was the third game-winner this season to be scored in the final minute of the third period. The others: Anthony Mantha of the Detroit Red Wings against the Dallas Stars on Oct. 6 (19:06) and Alex Iafallo of the Los Angeles Kings against the Nashville Predators on Oct. 12 against the Nashville Predators (19:01).

Tweet from @PR_NHL: Victor Hedman became the third player this season to score a game-winning goal in the final minute of regulation. The others: Detroit���s Anthony Mantha on Oct. 6 vs. DAL (59:06) and Los Angeles��� Alex Iafallo on Oct. 12 vs. NSH (59:01). #NHLStats


Senators top Red Wings, end four-game losing streak

Anthony Duclair scored two goals and the Ottawa Senators ended their four-game losing streak by defeating the Red Wings 5-2 at Canadian Tire Centre for their second victory of the season.

The Senators (three) and Red Wings (two) combined for the 16th period of at least five goals this season. The fourth of the five, a shorthanded goal by Ottawa's Jean-Gabriel Pageau at 5:27, stood as the game-winner.

Tweet from @PR_NHL: The @Senators (3) and @DetroitRedWings (2) combined for 5 goals in the third period. It marked the 16th time in 2019-20 that two teams have combined for 5 or more goals in a period. #NHLStats

Pageau scored the Senators' third shorthanded goal in nine games after they scored four in 82 games last season. It's Pageau's 11th shorthanded goal since 2014-15; only Brad Marchand of the Boston Bruins (13) has more.

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