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Capitals move within a point of Flyers

Capitals move within a point of Flyers

The Washington Capitals pulled within one point of Philadelphia for the NHL Eastern Conference lead by beating the Flyers 5-4 after a shootout on Tuesday.
Playing without star forward Alex Ovechkin for the first time this season, the Capitals took an early three-goal lead and seemed on their way to tying Philadelphia for the top spot.
Ville Leino, whose shootout goal gave the Flyers a victory at Dallas on Saturday, scored on the first shot. Matt Hendricks answered for the Capitals.
Philadelphia's Claude Giroux was next and he couldn't get a shot off. Nicklas Backstrom then beat Boucher. Danny Briere kept the Flyers alive when he scored, but Alexander Semin ended it when he backhanded a shot past Brian Boucher and into a top corner.
Sabres 2, Canadiens 0
In Montreal, Ryan Miller made 31 saves for his fourth shutout of the season and Nathan Gerbe scored twice to lead Buffalo past Montreal.
Gerbe scored for the third game in a row in the second period before adding an empty-net goal for Buffalo, which is currently in the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference with 81 points.
The Sabres remained three points ahead of ninth-place Carolina. Buffalo was unable to gain ground on seventh-place New York.
Coyotes 2, Blues 1
In Glendale, Arizona, Phoenix rallied from a sluggish start to overcome St. Louis.
Phoenix was booed by the small hometown crowd late in a lackadaisical first period and was again sluggish to start the second. The Coyotes righted themselves after a timeout by coach Dave Tippett midway through the second, getting goals from Ray Whitney and Lauri Korpikoski.
The Coyotes moved within a game of San Jose in the Pacific Division and wining 40 games in consecutive seasons for the first time in franchise history.
Kevin Shattenkirk scored for the Blues.
Bruins 4, Devils 1
In Boston, the hosts took advantage of a foul-prone New Jersey to post a comfortable win.
The Devils, who committed one penalty in their previous two games, were called for five in the first two periods, and the Bruins' struggling power-play unit finally came through. Boston had scored just twice on its previous 34 power-play opportunities entering the game.
New Jersey took a 1-0 lead on Ilya Kovalchuk's 27th goal at 11:05 of the first period. Shawn Thornton tied it less than six minutes later.
Zdeno Chara broke the tie midway through the second period and Milan Lucic scored his 30th goal of the season late in the third.
Islanders 5, Lightning 2
In Tampa, Al Montoya made 36 saves, helping New York defeat Tampa Bay.
Nate Thompson put Tampa Bay ahead 61 seconds in, lifting a rebound past Montoya.
But the Islanders scored four straight goals. Josh Bailey scored first for New York with 10 seconds left on a power play midway through the opening period, depositing a rebound off a shot by Milan Jurcina.
The Islanders took the lead when Kyle Okposo redirected a shot past former teammate Dwayne Roloson at 5:16 of the second.
Thompson helped set up a Tampa Bay goal by Dominic Moore with the Lightning holding a two-man advantage midway through the third period.
Maple Leafs 3, Wild 0
In St. Paul, Minnesota, Toronto inflicted a seventh straight defeat on Minnesota.
Joffrey Lupul and Mikhail Grabovski each scored goals to get Toronto's top two lines going.
Rookie goalie James Reimer posted his third career shutout and won his third straight start, improving to 7-0-1 in his past eight road games and helping Toronto keep pace in the Eastern Conference playoff chase.
The 10th-place Maple Leafs, the NHL's second-youngest team, are a long shot with eight games to go and eighth-place Buffalo still five points ahead.
Rangers 1, Panthers 0
In New York, Brandon Dubinsky broke a scoreless tie in the third period as New York edged Florida and stretched its winning streak to a season-best five games.
Henrik Lundqvist made 22 saves for the Rangers, who relied upon their defense after previously using a powerful offense in their hot form run.
Lundqvist was hardly tested in earning his NHL-best 10th shutout of the season _ second over Florida _ and 34th of his career.
Predators 3, Oilers 1
In Nashville, David Legwand scored a goal and added an assist as Nashville beat Edmonton.
Martin Erat and Patric Hornqvist also scored for Nashville, which has won four straight.
Jordan Eberle scored for Edmonton, which has dropped seven in a row.
The Predators pelted Devan Dubnyk with 15 shots in the first period while holding Edmonton to five shots on goal.
Hurricanes 4, Senators 3
In Raleigh, North Carolina, Chad LaRose scored twice as Carolina edged Ottawa.
Cam Ward made 36 saves, Tuomo Ruutu also scored, and Cory Stillman added a goal in the third period for Carolina, which remained three points behind eighth-place Buffalo in the Eastern Conference.
LaRose scored late in the first and second periods to help the Hurricanes recover from a 2-0 first-period deficit.
Avalanche 5, Blue Jackets 4, SO
In Denver, Milan Hejduk scored the only goal in the shootout to complete Colorado's comeback win over Columbus.
Matt Duchene had two goals, Ryan O'Reilly and Daniel Winnick had one each for the Avalanche, who snapped a nine-game home losing skid.
R.J. Umberger had two goals, Derek MacKenzie and Rick Nash netted for Columbus.


Updated : 2021-05-08 19:38 GMT+08:00