NHL roundup: Alex Ovechkin empty-netter record, Caps defeat Bruins
Ovechkin and Oshie lead Capitals to victory, Ovechkin sets records, Kings win, Blues beat Sabres, Walman wins game for Red Wings
The Washington Capitals secured a 3-0 victory over the Boston Bruins on Saturday afternoon, with T.J. Oshie and Alex Ovechkin each contributing a goal and an assist. Charlie Lindgren made 18 saves to secure the shutout for the Capitals. Ovechkin's empty-net goal in the final seconds of the game marked his 57th career empty-net goal, breaking the tie with Wayne Gretzky for the most in NHL history. It was also Ovechkin's 834th goal, bringing him within 60 goals of Gretzky on the NHL career goals list. Oshie's power-play goal at 1:05 of the second period was the game-winner, with Dylan Strome and Ovechkin adding insurance markers in the third period. The victory snapped a six-game winless streak for the Capitals.
In another game, the Los Angeles Kings secured a 4-0 victory over the Edmonton Oilers, with David Rittich making 26 saves and Quinton Byfield scoring two goals and an assist. The Kings' win marked Jim Hiller's first NHL head-coaching debut, with the team's second consecutive victory.
The St. Louis Blues defeated the Buffalo Sabres 3-1, with Jake Neighbours scoring twice and Jordan Kyrou adding a goal. Goaltender Joel Hofer made 34 saves to secure the win for the Blues, who remain in the race for a Western Conference playoff berth.
The Detroit Red Wings secured a 4-3 overtime victory over the Vancouver Canucks, with Jake Walman scoring the game-winning goal on a penalty shot just 23 seconds into overtime. The Red Wings' win marked their fourth victory in the last six games.
The Dallas Stars continued their strong play with a 3-2 win over the Montreal Canadiens, with Tyler Seguin scoring two of the team's three second-period goals. The Stars have now won 10 of their last 14 games.
The Calgary Flames defeated the New York Islanders 5-2, with MacKenzie Weegar scoring his first career hat trick. Goaltender Jacob Markstrom made 35 saves to secure the win for the Flames, extending their winning streak to four games.
The Florida Panthers secured a 4-0 victory over the Colorado Avalanche, with Aleksander Barkov scoring a goal and two assists and Sergei Bobrovsky earning his third shutout of the season. The game saw a collision involving Colorado star Nathan MacKinnon, who fell chin-first to the ice and did not return to the game.
The Carolina Hurricanes defeated the New Jersey Devils 1-0 in overtime, with Sebastian Aho scoring the game-winning goal. Goaltender Pyotr Kochetkov made 34 saves to secure the shutout for the Hurricanes.
The Tampa Bay Lightning secured a 4-2 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets, with Steven Stamkos scoring the eventual game-winning goal. Goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy made 33 saves to secure the win for the Lightning.
The Ottawa Senators defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-3, with Josh Norris scoring the eventual game-winning goal. Goaltender Joonas Korpisalo turned aside 31 shots to secure the win for the Senators.
The Philadelphia Flyers secured a 3-2 victory over the Seattle Kraken, with Cal Petersen making 17 saves in his first start since November. Sean Couturier scored the tiebreaking goal early in the third period to secure the win for the Flyers.
The Nashville Predators secured a 5-4 overtime victory over the Arizona Coyotes, with Ryan McDonagh scoring the game-winning goal. Juuse Saros made 27 saves to secure the win for the Predators.
The Winnipeg Jets snapped a five-game losing streak with a 2-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins, with Nino Niederreiter scoring the deciding goal in the first period and Connor Hellebuyck making 35 saves to secure the win for the Jets.