Ovechkin sets mark in Capitals' cruise past Balckhawks

Anaheim Ducks goalie Ryan Miller (30) makes a save against the Ottawa Senators during the second period at Honda Center. — Reuters

NEW YORK — Alexander Ovechkin scored his league-leading 21st goal, Nicklas Backstrom ended a 21-game goal-scoring drought, and Tom Wilson scored twice as the Washington Capitals cruised to a 6-2 victory over the sliding Chicago Blackhawks on Wednesday.

Brett Connolly and Evgeny Kuznetsov also scored for the Capitals, who have won six of seven to move into a tie for second place in the Metropolitan Division. Lance Bouma and Jonathan Toews scored for Chicago.

Maple Leafs 2, Flames 1 (SO)

Frederik Andersen made 47 saves, and William Nylander scored the decisive goal in a shootout as Toronto defeated Calgary. Mark Giordano scored for the Flames in regulation, and Morgan Rielly replied for the Maple Leafs. Mike Smith made 28 saves for Calgary.

Ducks 3, Senators 0

Ryan Miller made 29 saves to earn his 40th career shutout, and Adam Henrique registered two goals as Anaheim defeated Ottawa. The Ducks broke a three-game losing streak (0-1-2) by taking the opener of a three-game homestand.

Anaheim has defeated the Senators in seven of the past nine meetings played at Honda Center. Ottawa lost its second straight game to start a season-high, seven-game road trip and has dropped nine of its last 10 contests. Craig Anderson made 19 saves.

Flyers 4, Oilers 2

After breaking a 10-game losing skid with a win over the Flames in Calgary on Monday, Philadelphia continued its turnaround with a victory over Edmonton.

Wayne Simmonds had a goal and an assist, and Jordan Weal, Dale Weise and Michael Raffl also scored for the Flyers, who were on an 0-5-5 run before Monday. Brian Elliott made 24 saves.

Leon Draisaitl and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins got the goals for the Oilers. Goalie Laurent Brossoit, who gave up five goals —including four in the third period —in his most recent start, stopped 29 shots.

Dorsett 'at peace' with

decision to end career

When confronted with the possibility of not being able to hug his two sons, Derek Dorsett knew he made the right decision to step away from hockey. The Vancouver Canucks right winger announced last week he was ending his NHL hockey career because of health concerns following neck surgery last season.

Dorsett said there have been "some hard days" over the last week as he comes to grips with his decision, but spending time with his wife and family have helped give him reconcile with his situation.

"My boys have made it a lot easier going home and being able to hug them and play with them," Dorsett told the media Wednesday. "In the long-term aspect, your health is everything. That's why I now have peace with it. I'm making the right decision to step away and look after myself. It wouldn't be fair to me or my kids if I couldn't be healthy enough to enjoy what this next chapter of my life is going to bring."

The 30-year-old Kindersley, Saskatchewan, native played just 14 games last season before undergoing surgery to repair a disk degeneration in his neck. The procedure left both his arms numb and there were suggestions his playing days might be over then. Dorsett returned to the Canucks this season and had seven goals and two assists in 20 games. He was on pace to better his career-high 12 goals set during the 2011-12 season with the Columbus Blue Jackets. His last game with the Canucks was Nov. 18. He left the team during a road trip after suffering stiffness in his neck and back. — Agencies