Ovechkin misses milestone but scores memorable winner
NEW YORK – While goal No. 500 is going to be special for Alexander Ovechkin when it comes, No. 499 was pretty amazing.
Ovechkin made a length-of-the-ice rush and scored his second goal of the game at 1:25 of overtime and the Washington Capitals rallied to beat the New York Rangers 4-3 on Saturday.
"You don't see a highlight goal every game, but it's moments like this that he shows up," said Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom, who forced overtime by scoring with 5.7 seconds left in regulation.
"They can't do anything about it. It's just amazing."
Ovechkin will try to reach the 500-goal milestone on Sunday at home against Ottawa.
•ISLES' HOLD IS BROKEN: Steve Mason stopped 20 shots for his third shutout of the season and led the host Flyers to a 4-0 win over the New York Islanders. Michael Raffl, Evgeny Medvedev, Matt Read and Sean Couturier scored to help the Flyers beat the Islanders for the first time in three games this season. "Everybody knows it's huge for us," Raffl said. "Every single game is almost a must-win for us from now on. Our starts have been good, we just have to keep going."
Mason had his 29th career shutout and the Flyers won their third straight. Read picked up assists on Philadelphia's first two goals, then added his sixth goal of the season in the third period. The Islanders, who had allowed 14 goals over the past three games, attempted only two shots in the first period and eight in the second.
•POINTS NOT TAKEN: The Anaheim Ducks became the third straight team to get the extra point against the St. Louis Blues after rallying from a two-goal deficit Friday night. Ryan Kesler tied the score on a power play with his second goal of the game early in the third period, Ryan Getzlaf got the deciding goal in the fourth round of the shootout, and the Ducks beat the Blues 4-3. "We knew we needed to buckle down and claw back," Kesler said. "We did a good job of it. It would have been tough not getting that extra point, but the guys battled hard and we deserved that extra point." Corey Perry also scored for the Ducks and John Gibson made 25 saves. The Blue have lost five in a row (0-2-3) for the first time since dropping their final six of the 2013-14 season.