Alex Ovechkin scored twice on Sunday to make it five goals in two games and the Capitals got a 4-2 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning in Washington.
Ovechkin scored his 24th and 25th goal — giving him 16 in 14 games — to pull even with the Lightning’s Steven Stamkos for the top spot in the NHL.
Blackhawks 5, Predators 3 — Rookie Brandon Saad and Jonathan Toews scored 55 seconds apart midway through the third period, and Chicago rallied to beat visiting Nashville and become the first team to clinch a playoff spot.
The Blackhawks defeated the Predators for the second time in two days. Andrew Shaw and Bryan Bickell also scored for Chicago, and Patrick Kane added an empty-net goal.
Panthers 2, Senators 1 — At Sunrise, Fla., Dmitry Kulikov scored a power-play goal 10:46 into the third period as Florida handed Ottawa its fourth straight loss.
Ducks 4, Kings 3 — Bobby Ryan, Saku Koivu, and Corey Perry scored in the shootout as Anaheim extended its lead over visiting Los Angeles in the Pacific Division.
Sabres 3, Devils 2 — Nathan Gerbe scored the only goal in the shootout to give host Buffalo the victory and extend New Jersey’s losing streak to seven games.
Blues 1, Red Wings — Brian Elliott made 28 saves for his 19th career shutout and Chris Porter scored the game’s only goal in St. Louis’s win in Detroit.
Stars 5, Sharks 4 — Jamie Benn scored the lone goal in the shootout and Kari Lehtonen stopped all three attempts as Dallas snapped host San Jose’s seven-game winning streak.
Wild 3, Blue Jackets 0 — Niklas Backstrom made 24 saves and newcomer Jason Pominville had a goal and an assist to help visiting Minnesota snap a three-game losing streak.