Joel Ward, Alex Ovechkin, and Troy Brouwer scored less than four minutes apart in the second period, and the Capitals snapped a three-game losing streak with a 4-2 win over the Edmonton Oilers Monday night in Washington.
With the score tied at 1, Ward took advantage of a power play and scored his first goal of the season at 10:06 of the second.
Ovechkin added his sixth goal 3:12 later, and Brouwer — during another power play — netted his first 43 seconds after that. Nicklas Backstrom assisted on all three goals, scored 3:55 apart. Brooks Laich scored Washington’s first goal of the game.
The Capitals scored four times on 20 shots against Edmonton goalie Jason LaBarbera. The Oilers have given up at least four goals in each of their six games.
Boyd Gordon and Will Acton, with the first of his NHL career, scored for Edmonton.
The Oilers took a 1-0 lead 9:48 into the game on Gordon’s fourth goal.
Justin Schultz recovered a loose puck near center ice, skated down the right wing, and sent a pass to Gordon, who flipped a shot past goalie Braden Holtby.
Just 3:53 later, Laich scored his first of the season when he fired a shot past LaBarbera.
Ward gave the Capitals a 2-1 lead one second after Brouwer and Edmonton’s David Perron returned to the ice after they served roughing penalties.
Washington had been working with a 4-on-3 power play, and patiently worked the puck in front of the net until Ward scored.
Ovechkin was called for interfering with Mike Brown at 12:19 of the third period. A melee ensued with Ovechkin, Brown, the Oilers’ Luke Gazdic, and Washington’s Mike Green and Karl Alzner all sent off the ice for various infractions.
Acton cut the Oilers’ deficit to 4-2 with 1:42 left in the game.
Wild 2, Sabres 1 — Jason Pominville scored the winning goal in his return to Buffalo, and Minnesota beat the winless Sabres.
Kyle Brodziak also scored for the Wild (3-1-2). Josh Harding made 22 saves.
Buffalo (0-6-1) tied a franchise record for longest winless streak to start a season. The Sabres were 0-5-2 in 1999 and 0-4-3 in 1990.
Pominville, a former Sabres captain, played his first game in Buffalo since he was traded to Minnesota last April.
Brian Flynn lifted Buffalo into a 1-1 tie with 4:56 left in the second period, scoring his first goal of the season off an assist from Zemgus Girgensons.
Pominville scored on the power play with 9.7 seconds left in the second period to give Minnesota a 2-1 lead.
Jonas Enroth started in place of No. 1 Sabres goalie Ryan Miller and made 18 saves.