OVECHKIN SCORES 40TH IN CAPITALS WIN
Alex Ovechkin (1-1-2) tied the game with his 40th goal of the season early in the final period and Dmitry Orlov used a between-the-skates move to score the go-ahead goal with 5:04 remaining in the third period to help the Washington Capitals improve to 18-2-1 in their past 21 games at Verizon Center.
* Ovechkin, who leads the NHL in goals and power-play goals (16), reached the 40-goal mark for the eighth time in his 11-season career. Ovechkin is the 10th player in NHL history to record eight or more 40-goal seasons.
Players with eight or more 40 goal seasons
12 - Wayne Gretzky (1979-80 to 1990-91)
10 - Marcel Dionne (1972-73, 1974-75 to 1976-77, 1978-79 to 1982-83, 1984-85)
10 - Mario Lemieux (1984-85 to 1989-90, 1991-92, 1992-93, 1995-96, 1996-97)
9 - Mike Bossy (1977-78 to 1985-86)
9 - Mike Gartner (1980-81, 1983-84, 1984-85, 1986-87, 1987-88, 1989-90 to 1992-93)
8 - Phil Esposito (1968-69 to 1974-75, 1978-79)
8 - Brett Hull (1988-89 to 1993-94, 1995-96, 1996-97)
8 - Bobby Hull (1961-62, 1963-64, 1965-66 to 1968-69, 1970-71, 1971-72)
8 - Luc Robitaille (1986-87 to 1993-94)
8 - Alex Ovechkin (2005-06 to 2009-10, 2013-14 to 2015-16)
* Ovechkin also extended his point streak to five games (5-4-9) and for the sixth time in his career, became the first player to reach 40 goals in a season. The only other players in NHL history who were first to 40 in at least six different seasons are Bobby Hull and Phil Esposito (six times each).
* At 45-11-4 (94 points), the Capitals are tied for the most victories through a team's first 60 games of a season in NHL history, tying the 1995-96 Detroit Red Wings. They are also the first team to earn 94 points through its first 60 games since Detroit in 1995-96 (94 points).
Video: EDM@ANA: Rakell backhands game-winner in overtime
DUCKS WIN SEVENTH STRAIGHT
Richard Rakell scored a highlight-reel goal at 1:24 of overtime to lead the Anaheim Ducks to a season-high seventh consecutive win. The Ducks are 14-1-1 in their past 16 games.
* At 33-19-8 (74 points), the Ducks are two points in back of the Los Angeles Kings (36-20-4, 76 points) for first place in the Pacific Division. The victory put them four points ahead of the San Jose Sharks (32-22-6, 70 points), who lost to the Buffalo Sabres on Friday, for second place in the division.
* Ryan Getzlaf (1-1-2) extended his point streak to 10 games (5-10-15), the longest by a Ducks player since his own 14-game streak from Nov. 5 - Dec. 15, 2014 (10-13-23).
* Frederik Andersen made 17 saves and is 11-0-1 in his past 12 decisions (1.88 GAA, .931 SV%).
LIGHTNING, BRUINS GAIN GROUND IN ATLANTIC
The Tampa Bay Lightning (35-22-4, 74 points) and Boston Bruins (34-22-6, 74 points), second and third in the Atlantic Division, respectively, earned victories Friday to move within three points of the idle Florida Panthers (35-18-7, 77 points) for the division lead.
* Steven Stamkos (1-1-2) extended his point streak to five games (5-2-7) and Ben Bishop made 21 saves for his 15th career shutout and third this season, helping the Lightning to their fifth consecutive win. Stamkos also extended his goal streak to five games, two off his personal best of seven games from Feb. 13 - March 11, 2010 (9-5-14).
* Matt Beleskey (2-0-2) and Patrice Bergeron (1-1-2) led the way offensively and Tuukka Rask made 39 saves to help the Bruins improve to 6-0-1 in their past seven games against the Carolina Hurricanes. Rask (24-17-5, 2.53 GAA, .918 SV%) has won three consecutive starts overall and has made 80 saves in his past two appearances; he had 41 saves on Feb. 24 vs. the Pittsburgh Penguins).
AVALANCHE WIN IN STADIUM SERIES ALUMNI GAME
The Colorado Avalanche skated to a 5-2 victory against the Detroit Red Wings in the 2016 NHL Stadium Series Alumni Game in front of 43,319 fans at Coors Field in Denver. The game featured 12 members of the Hockey Hall of Fame, with Rob Blake, Ray Bourque, Peter Forsberg, Patrick Roy and Joe Sakic representing the Avalanche, and Chris Chelios, Dino Ciccarelli, Igor Larionov, Nicklas Lidstrom, Larry Murphy, Brendan Shanahan and Steve Yzerman skating for the Red Wings.
MILESTONES & BENCHMARKS
* Patrice Bergeron skated in his 800th career NHL game, all with the Bruins.
* Mikko Koivu played in his 743rd career game with the Minnesota Wild, tying Nick Schultz for the franchise record.
* Steven Stamkos played in his 553rd game with the Lightning, passing Brad Richards (552) for fourth in franchise history. He also had his 244th career assist, all with the Lightning, tying Vaclav Prospal for fourth in franchise history.
COMMISSIONER BETTMAN STATEMENT ON THE PASSING OF ANDY BATHGATE
National Hockey League Commissioner Gary Bettman issued the following statement regarding the passing of Hall of Fame forward Andy Bathgate:
"Andy Bathgate was a strong leader, a consistently prolific scorer and a fierce competitor. Andy was an All-Star, a Hart Trophy winner, a Stanley Cup champion and a Hall of Famer who earned the respect of the entire hockey world. The NHL family sends heartfelt condolences to his family and his many friends."
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