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