BACKSTROM’S GOAL PROPELS CAPITALS PAST BRUINS IN OT
washington» Nicklas Backstrom scored 1:36 into overtime, helping the Washington Capitals beat the Boston Bruins 4-3 after blowing a three-goal lead Wednesday night.
Justin Williams scored twice and Daniel Winnik also had a goal to put Washington ahead 3-0 six minutes into the second period.
After Winnik’s tally, Washington went over 26 minutes without a shot on goal. Boston dominated the final five minutes of the second period, when Dominic Moore and David Pastrnak beat goaltender Braden Holtby. Colin Miller’s power-play score 8:19 into third tied it at 3.
Eric Staal scored yet another goal against the Maple Leafs, lifting the Wild to a 3-2 victory. Staal has 47 points in 43 career games against Toronto, and three of his six goals this season have come against the Leafs.
Habs hurting. Montreal forwards Alex Galchenyuk and David Desharnais are expected to be sidelined six to eight weeks because of knee injuries. Galchenyuk leads the team in scoring with 23 points on nine goals and 14 assists. … John Scott, the enforcer who made an unlikely run to the NHL’s All-Star Game last season, retired. The 34-year-old Scott made headlines last season when he was voted into the all-star tournament. He played for the Coyotes for part of the season and still served as Pacific Division captain after being traded to the Canadiens and demoted to the AHL. The Associated Press