Duclair gives Columbus 2-1 victory
Bobrovsky makes 33 saves to beat Capitals
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.
Columbus’ Pierre-Luc Dubois, center, skates with the puck against Washington on Friday night.