Capitals win ninth in row for points lead
WASHINGTON – Alex Ovechkin scored twice during a four-goal rally in the third period and the Capitals beat the Sabres 5-2 on Wednesday night to extend their winning streak to nine games and overtake Dallas for the NHL points lead.
Marcus Johansson put Washington ahead 3-2 in the ninth minute of the final period Andre Burakovsky scored 1:24 later. .
The Capitals improved to 28-6-2 and moved one point ahead of Dallas with 58.
Evgeny Kuznetsov set up Ovechkin's tying goal 1:24 into the third with a perfect pass, then set up Johansson for a redirect during a power play.
Ovechkin's second goal was an empty-netter.
Braden Holtby finished with 25 saves and improved to 16-0-1 in his last 17 games.
•LEAFS WIN SHOOTOUT: P.A. Parenteau and Peter Holland scored in the shootout to help Toronto beat the host Penguins 3-2. Parenteau won it by beating Matt Murray to the glove side with a wrist shot. David Perron scored for Pittsburgh in the shootout, but Jonathan Bernier stopped Sidney Crosby and Kris Letang. Bernier finished with 39 saves. Dion Phaneuf and Jake Gardiner scored in regulation as the Maple Leafs rebounded from a 6-3 home loss to the Islanders on Tuesday night. Toronto was 0-6-2 in the second game of back-to-backs before this win. Crosby scored his eighth goal of the season in regulation and Chris Kunitz his fifth, and Murray made 34 saves for Pittsburgh.
•SCHNEIDER SHARP: Mike Cammalleri scored twice and Cory Schneider made 36 saves as New Jersey won 3-0 over the Senators in Ottawa. New Jersey won back-to-back games for the first time since Nov. 12 and 14.
•RANGERS END ROAD SKID: Dominic Moore put New York ahead early in the third, and Dan Boyle had a goal and an assist as the visiting Rangers beat the Lightning 5-2 to end an eight-game road losing streak (0-6-2).
•BRUIN SUSPENDED: Bruins forward Brad Marchand was suspended three games without pay by the NHL for clipping Ottawa defenseman Mark Borowiecki. Marchand was punished harshly as a repeat offender.