NHL roundup: Capitals rally to defeat Wild in shootout

Nicklas Backstrom scored the game-winning goal on Wild goalie Josh Harding during the shootout.
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Nicklas Backstrom scored the game-winning goal on Wild goalie Josh Harding during the shootout.

Nicklas Backstrom scored the only goal in a shootout, and the Capitals rallied to beat the Minnesota Wild, 3-2, Thursday night in Washington for their fourth straight victory.

Braden Holtby had 33 saves for the Capitals before blanking the Wild during the shootout. Holtby outplayed Minnesota goaltender Josh Harding, who stopped 25 shots.

After two players from each side failed to score in the shootout, Backstrom beat Harding with a wrist shot that went into the upper left corner of the net. Holtby then denied Charlie Coyle to win it.


Coyle and Mikael Granlund scored in regulation for the Wild, whose three-game winning streak ended.

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Alex Ovechkin and Marcus Johansson had Washington’s goals, which came early and late.

Ovechkin scored in the first period and Johansson forced overtime with a blast from the right circle at 16:52 of the third period. The shot came only minutes after Harding made several outstanding saves with Washington on the power play.

Minnesota had the extra man for the final 57 seconds of regulation and the opening 1:03 of overtime, but could not convert.

Granlund put Minnesota up, 2-1, at 6:07 of the second period with his second goal of the season. Jason Pominville controlled a rebound near the net and passed to Granlund, who sent a fluttering shot past Holtby.


Later in the period, Washington rookie Tom Wilson broke free down the left side. Harding kept his ground and plucked the shot out of the air with his glove.

Lightning 4, Oilers 2 — Steven Stamkos had two goals to help host Tampa Bay beat Edmonton for its sixth win in seven games.

Stamkos, who extended his goal-scoring streak to five games, has 13 goals this season. Ben Bishop made saves on first-period breakaway shots by Mark Arcobello and Taylor Hall.

Senators 3, Canadiens 1 — Robin Lehner stopped 33 shots to lead host Ottawa over Montreal.

Bobby Ryan, Marc Methot, Mark Borowiecki, and Kyle Turris scored for the Senators (6-6-4), who posted back-to-back wins for just the second time.


Devils 3, Flyers 0 — Martin Brodeur stopped 22 shots and Adam Henrique and Cam Janssen each scored goals to lead New Jersey’s victory in Philadelphia.

Jaromir Jagr added an empty-netter with 1.3 seconds left.

Rangers 4, Blue Jackets 2 — Carl Hagelin scored two goals — one thanks to an opposing player — and Cam Talbot made 32 saves to lead visiting New York.

Hurricanes 1, Islanders 0 — Justin Peters stopped 21 shots in his third career shutout for host Carolina.

Blues 3, Flames 2 — Alexander Steen scored his league-leading 14th goal and Brian Elliott stopped 18 shots for his 100th career win to lead host St. Louis.

Stars 4, Red Wings 3 — Rich Peverley’s goal at 4:41 of overtime completed a comeback and gave Dallas the win in Detroit.

Kings 2, Sabres 0 — Jonathan Quick made 19 saves and Mike Richards had a goal and an assist for host Los Angeles.

Canucks 4, Sharks 2 — Chris Higgins had a goal and an assist and Roberto Luongo made 22 saves to help visiting Vancouver snap a nine-game losing streak to San Jose.