Alex Ovechkin returned from a shoulder injury to score his 11th and 12th goals of the season, and the Capitals rode a second-period flurry to a 6-2 win over the New York Islanders in Washington, D.C., Tuesday night.
After being sidelined for two games, Ovechkin scored twice on the power play in a five-goal second period for the Capitals, who have won three straight and are above .500 for the first time this season (8-7).
John Carlson, Marcus Johansson, Alexander Urbom, and rookie Tom Wilson also scored for Washington, which netted four power-play goals. Nicklas Backstrom had three assists, and Braden Holtby made 34 saves.
John Tavares and Kyle Okposo scored for the Islanders, who had won two in a row. Evgeni Nabokov had 33 saves.
Oilers 4, Panthers 3 — Mark Arcobello scored his second goal of the game in overtime and the Oilers snapped a five-game losing streak with a victory over host Florida.
Edmonton went on the power play after the Panthers’ Scottie Upshall was called for tripping 32 seconds into the extra period and Arcobello rifled a slap shot from the left circle that got past Florida goalie Jacob Markstrom 1:23 later.
Taylor Fedun scored his first career goal and Philip Larsen also scored for Edmonton.
Upshall scored two third-period goals and Marcel Goc also scored for the Panthers.
Blues 3, Canadiens 2 — In Montreal, T.J. Oshie scored in the shootout to give St. Louis a victory.
Alexander Steen and Chris Stewart scored in regulation for St. Louis, and Jaroslav Halak had 25 saves. Halak also turned away three shots in the shootout.
Rene Bourque and Michael Bournival scored for Montreal, and Carey Price made 30 saves.
The Blues outshot the Canadiens, 32-27, overall.
Hurricanes 2, Flyers 1 — Manny Malhotra scored 2:40 into overtime, and the Hurricanes broke a five-game losing streak with a win at home.
Justin Peters stopped 28 shots and earned his first win of the season.
Scott Hartnell had given Philadelphia a 1-0 lead with 3:58 left in regulation, but Jared Staal tied it with 52.3 seconds remaining to force overtime.
Wild 5, Flames 1 — Zach Parise scored twice and Josh Harding continued his dominance in goal to lead host Minnesota.
Harding stopped 24 of 25 shots to win his fifth straight start. He leads the NHL with a 1.10 goals-against average and .950 save percentage.
Senators 4, Blue Jackets 1 — Erik Karlsson scored two goals, and backup goalie Robin Lehner made 32 saves to lead visiting Ottawa over Columbus, ending a five-game losing streak.
Coyotes 3, Canucks 2 — Antoine Vermette scored the deciding goal in the shootout and host Phoenix won its fifth in a row.
Sabres 5, Sharks 4 — Matt Moulson and Cody Hodgson scored in the shootout to lift visiting Buffalo to victory.