Ovechkin surpasses 40 goals for seventh time
WASHINGTON – Alex Ovechkin scored his 40th and 41st goals of the season and added an assist, and the Washington Capitals defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-0 on Sunday night, ending a three-game losing streak.
Ovechkin struck just 33 seconds into the game and added a second-period score as he surpassed the 40-goal mark for the seventh time.
Braden Holtby picked up his seventh shutout and 30th victory of the season. Holtby thwarted several odd-man rushes, including against Zach Sill on a breakaway late in the second period.
Early in the third period, Toronto's Richard Panik hit the post on an open-net backhander and slammed his stick into the glass in disgust.
James Reimer stopped 28 shots for Toronto, which has lost 16 consecutive road games.
•RECOVERY MODE: The Vancouver Canucks blew a three-goal lead within a 7:13 span of the third period, but converted all three of their shootout chances— including Christopher Higgins' winner — in a 6-5 home victory over the St. Louis Blues.
•A FIRST FOR STONER: Clayton Stoner's first goal of the season, a go-ahead score in the third period, boosted the Anaheim Ducks to a 3-1 victory over the Dallas Stars.
•JAGR'S ON THE BOARD: Jaromir Jagr, acquired in a trade with New Jersey on Thursday, had a goal and an assist, and the host Florida Panthers beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-3. Jagr's goal was his 12th of the season and first point in 10 games, ending the longest such drought in his NHL career.
•ADVANTAGE PENS: Evgeni Malkin scored twice and added an assist and Pittsburgh's revived power play went 3-for-6 in a 5-3 victory over the visiting Columbus Blue Jackets.
•JETS SCORE BIG: Andrew Ladd scored twice and the Winnipeg Jets boosted their playoff hopes in a 5-2 win over the visiting Los Angeles Kings. The Jets also got goals from a pair of recent acquisitions, Drew Stafford and Tyler Myers, and held the defending Stanley Cup champions to 20 shots on goal.
•ON THE MOVE: The San Jose Sharks traded former Wild forward James Sheppard, 26, to the New York Rangers for a fourth-round draft pick in 2016. Sheppard had five goals and 11 assists in 57 games, mostly as a third-line center for San Jose. With Sheppard eligible to be an unrestricted free agent this summer, General Manager Doug Wilson wanted to get whatever compensation he could before Monday's trade deadline. The Rangers also acquired defenseman Keith Yandle from Arizona … Dallas traded forward Erik Cole, 36, to Detroit for center Mattias Janmark, defenseman Mattias Backman and two draft picks … Calgary traded Curtis Glencross to the Capitals for draft picks.