Du­clair gives Colum­bus 2-1 vic­tory

Bo­brovsky makes 33 saves to beat Cap­i­tals

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An­thony Du­clair scored the tiebreak­ing power-play goal 5:09 into the third pe­riod and Sergei Bo­brovsky made 33 saves as the Colum­bus Blue Jack­ets beat the host Wash­ing­ton Cap­i­tals 2-1 Fri­day.

In the first meet­ing be­tween the teams since the first round of last spring’s play­offs when Wash­ing­ton beat Colum­bus in six games, the Blue Jack­ets scored two power-play goals for the third time this sea­son.

Du­clair snapped a 1-1 tie thanks to some well-placed po­si­tion­ing and luck. As the Blue Jack­ets main­tained pos­ses­sion on their third man ad­van­tage, Du­clair headed to the right side of the net and was guarded by Wash­ing­ton de­fense­man Matt Niska­nen.

Du­clair re­ceived the feed from Artemi Pa­narin, and from a sharp an­gle near the right side of the net, he lifted a shot as Niska­nen de­fended with­out a stick as the puck went over Cap­i­tals goal­tender Braden Holtby’s right shoul­der.

Bo­brovsky pre­served the lead by get­ting a piece of Alexan­der Ovechkin’s one-timer with about a minute re­main­ing, and then made a blocker save on Nick­las Back­strom with about 20 sec­onds left when Wash­ing­ton had a two-man ad­van­tage af­ter pulling Holtby on a power play.

Oliver Bjork­strand, who filled in for Cam Atkin­son (ill­ness), also scored for the Blue Jack­ets, who re­main un­beaten in one-goal games this sea­son.

Rangers’ streak ends

Dy­lan Larkin scored with 5.1 sec­onds re­main­ing in over­time as the host Detroit Red Wings snapped the New York Rangers’ four-game win­ning streak with a 3-2 vic­tory.

Larkin tapped a back­handed pass from An­dreas Athana­siou over Hen­rik Lundqvist’s shoul­der for his teamhigh sev­enth goal. Athana­siou scored the ty­ing goal late in reg­u­la­tion as Detroit wiped out a 2-0 deficit.

Justin Ab­delka­der had the other Wings goal. Jimmy Howard made 28 saves.

Kevin Shat­tenkirk and Neal Pionk scored for New York. Lundqvist stopped 28 shots.

All but one of the last six meet­ings be­tween the Orig­i­nal Six teams were de­cided in over­time or a shootout.

Af­ter a score­less first pe­riod, the Wings’ Michael Ras­mussen had a po­ten­tial goal waved off early in the sec­ond pe­riod due a hand pass call.

Detroit was awarded its first power play dur­ing the pe­riod but couldn’t break through. Lundqvist’s glove save on Mike Green high­lighted that se­quence.

Leafs whip Devils

Mor­gan Rielly and Nazem Kadri each had one goal and one as­sist to help the Toronto Maple Leafs de­feat the vis­it­ing New Jersey Devils 6-1.

John Tavares, Con­nor Brown, An­dreas Johns­son and Tyler En­nis also scored for the Maple Leafs, who have won three straight games.

Par Lind­holm and Ron Hain­sey added two as­sists each for the Maple Leafs in the an­nual Hall of Fame game.

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Colum­bus’ Pierre-Luc Dubois, cen­ter, skates with the puck against Wash­ing­ton on Fri­day night.

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