Capitals stay hot; Detroit goalie Howard hurt

– John Carlson and Joel Ward scored in the second period, Braden Holtby stopped 26 shots and the Washington Capitals beat the Detroit Red Wings 3-1 Saturday night.

Troy Brouwer also scored for Washington, which improved to 12-1-4 in its past 17 games.

Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard, named to his second NHL All-Star Game earlier Saturday, left early in the first period because of a groin injury after attempting to make the save on Brouwer's goal. Howard finished with two saves.

Jonathan Ericsson scored his first goal of the season for Detroit, and Petr Mrazek made 12 saves in relief of Howard.

Washington finished with just 17 shots on goal, and Alex Ovechkin's streak of consecutive games with a goal ended at five.

Hotlby was making his 18th consecutive start and has appeared in 24 consecutive games.

The Red Wings fell to 2-2 on their six-game road trip.


•AVALANCHE PASSES STARS: Nathan MacKinnon broke a second-period tie and Semyon Varlamov stopped 37 shots, leading the Avalanche to a 4-3 victory over the Stars in Denver. Erik Johnson, John Mitchell and Matt Duchene also scored as the Avalanche won for the fifth time in six games to leapfrog Dallas in the Central Division standings.

•CROSBY COMES THROUGH: Sidney Crosby scored a power-play goal 3:41 into overtime, lifting the Penguins to a 2-1 victory over the Canadiens in Montreal. Evgeni Malkin also scored for the Penguins, and Marc-Andre Fleury made 27 saves. Max Pacioretty scored the lone goal for the Canadiens, who have lost two consecutive games after winning nine of their previous 10.

•ISLANDERS STILL ATOP METRO: Brian Strait had a goal and an assist and the Islanders used a three-goal second period to power past the Blue Jackets 5-2 in Columbus, Ohio. Nikolay Kulemin, Matt Martin, Anders Lee and Kyle Okposo also scored for the Islanders, who remained in first place in the Metropolitan Division with a second victory in as many nights.

•OSHIE WINS IT IN SHOOTOUT: T.J. Oshie scored the only goal of the shootout, giving the Blues a 5-4 victory over the visiting Hurricanes.

•BRUINS ROOKIE SHINES: Rookie David Pastrnak scored his first two career NHL goals to lead the Bruins to a 3-1 victory over the Flyers in Philadelphia. Chris Kelly added a shorthanded goal for Boston, which won its third straight.

•CANADIENS SALUTE PARIS: The Montreal Canadiens honored the victims of the terrorist shootings in Paris by playing the French national anthem before their game against Pittsburgh. The French flag was shown waving on the scoreboard at Bell Centre as the Canadiens played "La Marseillaise" before the American and Canadian anthems.