NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Alex Ovechkin moved into a second-place tie on the all-time list for NHL power-play goals and the Washington Capitals beat the New Jersey Devils 5-4 on Sunday, completing a sweep of their eight-game season series.
Ovechkin’s second-period goal was his 265th with the extra man, tying him with Brett Hull for second place and leaving him nine behind all-time league leader Dave Andreychuk (274). The 35-year-old Russian, who also picked up two assists, has 19 goals this season and 725 in his career.
Ilya Samsonov stopped 35 shots, and T.J. Oshie, Conor Sheary, Carl Hagelin and Evgeny Kuznetsov also scored for Washington. The eight-game sweep was the first in team history against a single opponent.
Travis Zajac scored twice and Yegor Sharangovich and Jesper Bratt once for New Jersey, which trailed 3-2 after two periods despite outshooting the Caps 31-12. Mackenzie Blackwood finished with 14 saves.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Thomas Greiss made 27 stops to lead Detroit to its first road win against Tampa Bay in the regular season in more than 10 years.
Marc Staal, Valtteri Filppula, Michael Rasmussen, Darren Helm and Dylan Larkin all scored for the Red Wings, who snapped a three-game winless streak. Luke Glendening and Anthony Mantha each finished with two assists for Detroit, which had lost 17 consecutive regular-season games in Tampa.
Victor Hedman scored his seventh goal for the Lightning. Christopher Gibson stopped 13 shots in the loss, his undoing coming when he allowed three goals in a span of 2:53 in the second period.
PANTHERS 3, BLUE JACKETS 0
SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — Aleksander Barkov had a goal and an assist, Chris Driedger posted his third career shutout, and Florida won its sixth straight.
Frank Vatrano and Gustav Forsling also scored, and MacKenzie Weegar had two assists as the Panthers moved into sole possession of first place in the Central Division.
Driedger, who has earned wins in four of his last five appearances, stopped all 32 shots he faced for his second shutout of the season.