Habs open three-goal lead but need OT to shade Cap­i­tals

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MONTREAL (CP) — To­mas Plekanec scored his sec­ond of the night at 4:52 of over­time Wed­nes­day as the Montreal Cana­di­ens snapped the Wash­ing­ton Cap­i­tals’ 14-game winning streak with a 6-5 victory, de­spite blow­ing a three­goal third-pe­riod lead.

Scott Gomez, Tom Py­att, Maxim Lapierre and Glen Metropolit also scored for the Cana­di­ens (29-26-6), who won the sea­son se­ries against the pow­er­house Cap­i­tals (41-13-6) with a 21-1 record.

Carey Price, mak­ing his first start since Jan. 27, made 33 saves for the Cana­di­ens to win for only the third time in his last 12 starts.

Brooks Laich scored three times for the Cap­i­tals, in­clud­ing one with 18.4 sec­onds to play in reg­u­la­tion, as Wash­ing­ton fought back from a 5-2 deficit to force over­time.

Nick­las Back­strom and Mike Green also scored for the Cap­i­tals, who came within a game of ty­ing the sec­ond-long­est winning streak in NHL his­tory.

Rookie Michal Neu­virth got the start in goal for Wash­ing­ton but was re­moved with an ap­par­ent in­jury with the score tied 2-2 at 6:11 of the sec­ond. For­mer Cana­di­ens net­min­der Jose Theodore came on in re­lief and saw his own per­sonal streak of 10 straight wins come to an end, al­low­ing four goals on 25 shots.

Pen­guins 3 Is­lan­ders 1

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Ev­geni Malkin took ad­van­tage of a cou­ple of favourable bounces to score a goal and set up one of Chris Ku­nitz’s two goals and the Pittsburgh Pen­guins bounced back from a pair of road losses to beat the New York Is­lan­ders 3-1 on Wed­nes­day night.

With Ku­nitz scor­ing his first two goals since Dec. 29, the Pen­guins shook off a 5-4 loss Sun­day to Wash­ing­ton in which they couldn’t hold a 4-1 lead to win their sev­enth in a row at home against the Is­lan­ders. New York lost its eighth in nine games as Marc-An­dre Fleury turned aside 37 of 38 shots.

Fly­ers 3, Devils 2 OT

NE­WARK, N.J. — Si­mon Gagne scored at 3:27 of over­time and the Philadel­phia Fly­ers ral­lied once again to beat the New Jer­sey 3-2 on Wed­nes­day night.

Jeff Carter and Aaron Asham also scored for the Fly­ers, who once again ral­lied from a 2-0 deficit to beat New Jer­sey for the fourth time in five meet­ings this sea­son.

Travis Za­jac and Rob Nie­der­mayer scored for the Devils, while Brodeur made 13 saves.

Blue Jack­ets 3, Sharks 0

COLUM­BUS, Ohio (AP) — Steve Ma­son made 40 saves for his sec­ond shutout in three games since a coach­ing change and the Colum­bus Blue Jack­ets beat San Jose 3-0 on Wed­nes­day night, end­ing the Sharks’ road winning streak at nine games.

Preda­tors 2, Rangers 1

NEW YORK (AP) — Rookie Colin Wil­son scored the go-ahead goal on a sec­ond-pe­riod power play, Dan El­lis made 37 saves and the Nashville Preda­tors snapped a five-game road los­ing streak with a 2-1 victory over the New York Rangers on Wed­nes­day night.

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