Alex Ovechkin scored his first goal of the season Sunday, and the Capitals became the last NHL team to get a win, beating the Buffalo Sabres, 3-2, in Washington.
After a fruitless first week, Ovechkin found the net with a one-timer from the left circle on a power play with 14:49 remaining in the game.
Then came the familiar celebration that had been missing thus far in this shortened season: the former two-time league MVP unleashing a downward fist pump with left knee bent, then collecting a row of high-fives from the Capitals bench.
And, naturally, it proved to be the decisive goal. The Capitals hadn’t won — and Ovechkin hadn’t scored — since May 9, 2012, during a playoff series against the New York Rangers.
‘‘We finally win,’’ Ovechkin said. ‘‘So it’s much, much better for us right now.’’
Sharks 4, Canucks 1 — Joe Pavelski had two goals, Patrick Marleau scored again — though only once — and undefeated San Jose beat visiting Vancouver.
Marleau had scored two goals in each of the first four games of the season.
Blackhawks 2, Red Wings 1 — Nick Leddy scored 2:45 into overtime and Chicago improved to 6-0 — the best start in franchise history — by beating visiting Detroit.
After taking a cross-ice pass from Viktor Stalberg, Leddy fired from the left circle and beat goalie Jimmy Howard glove side.
Jets 5, Islanders 4 — Evander Kane scored 1:59 into overtime to give host Winnipeg a come-from-behind win over New York.
Blues 5, Wild 4 — Vladimir Sobotka scored from close range at 2:16 of overtime as St. Louis handed visiting Minnesota its third straight loss.
Penguins 2, Senators 1 — Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, and James Neal scored in the shootout to give Pittsburgh the win in Ottawa.
Canadiens 4, Devils 3 — Andrei Markov scored 4:22 into overtime on a power play as host Montreal recovered from blowing a two-goal lead to beat New Jersey.
Lightning 5, Flyers 1 — Teddy Purcell had a goal and two assists, Martin St. Louis contributed four assists, and Tampa Bay squashed visiting Philadelphia.