Late Capitals Heroics Downs Devils

first_imgWASHINGTON — Brooks Orpik scored his second goal of the season with 3:58 left and the Washington Capitals rallied to beat the New Jersey Devils 4-3 on Saturday, becoming the first NHL team with 90 points this season.Alex Ovechkin scored his league-leading 38th goal and had an assist, T.J. Oshie scored in his 500th NHL game and Evgeny Kuznetsov also had a goal and an assist for Washington.Washington’s Braden Holtby made 21 saves in his league-leading 37th win. New Jersey’s Cory Schneider made 28 stops, but the Devils lost their third straight.Reid Boucher had two assists before his goal put New Jersey ahead 3-2 midway through the third period.Kyle Palmieri and Travis Zajac each had one goal and one assist for the Devils, who began the day a point behind Detroit for the final Eastern Conference playoff spot.They looked to be heading to a crucial victory before Oshie tied it on one of the more fortuitous goals of his career. After crashing the net, he reached back to pull a loose puck toward the net. It caromed off the skate of one Devils defender and glided across the crease before the blade of another guided it across the goal line.Orpik scored a more orthodox winner, taking Kuznetsov’s feed from behind the goal line and sending a wrister from the left side past Schneider.Jaromir Jagr scored twice to move into third place on the NHL career goals list and help the Florida Panthers beat the Winnipeg Jets 3-1.Reilly Smith had the go-ahead power-play goal early in the third period for Florida and Roberto Luongo stopped 30 shots.Jagr’s goal 4:53 into the second period tied the score at 1-1 and tied Brett Hull for third with 741. Only Wayne Gretzky (894) and Gordie Howe (801) had more goals.Jagr then scored his 20th of the season and No. 742 for his career on a wrist shot from close range with 4:23 left in the third period to make it 3-1.Tanner Pearson scored 1:18 into overtime, and the Los Angeles Kings beat the Nashville Predators 2-1 to wrap a seven-game road trip with a victory.Jake Muzzin also scored for the Kings, and goalie Jonathan Quick made 33 saves.Ryan Ellis scored a power-play goal for Nashville.Tampa Bay forward Steven Stamkos became the third player in franchise history to reach 300 goals, and the Lightning beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-2 win.Stamkos knocked in a rebound off Alex Killorn’s shot midway through the first period to join Vincent Lecavalier and Martin St. Louis in the 300-goal club for the Lightning.Anton Stralman, Matthew Carle and Tyler Johnson also scored for Tampa Bay. Ben Bishop finished with 37 saves.Kyle Turris scored the shootout winner and Dion Phaneuf got his first goal with the Ottawa Senators in a 3-2 win over the Detroit Red Wings.Zack Smith also scored for the Senators, while Craig Anderson turned away 29 shots.Andreas Athanasiou and Brad Richards scored for the Red Wings, and Petr Mrazek made 25 saves.Also Saturday, the Philadelphia Flyers edged the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-4, the Boston Bruins rallied for a 7-3 victory over the Dallas Stars and the St. Louis Blues beat the Arizona Coyotes 6-4.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img

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