Lightning hold on to beat Caps

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WASHINGTON — Brayden Point set the tone with two goals in the opening period, and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the host Washington Capitals 4-2 in a battle of Eastern Conference division leaders Tuesday night.

Nikita Kucherov, who leads the league with 78 points, and Chris Kunitz also scored for Tampa Bay, which snapped a three-game losing streak on the road. The Lightning also won for just the second time in the past 12 matchups in Washington.

Tampa Bay goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy came up huge again, finishing with 35 saves to help his team maintain the early lead.

Washington’s Alex Ovechkin pulled his team to within 3-2 with just under nine minutes left in the game. He leads the league with 36 goals. However, Kucherov responded for Tampa Bay just over a minute later.

Avalanche 5, Canucks 4 (OT): Nathan MacKinnon’s power-play goal in overtime gave visiting Colorado a come-from-behind victory over Vancouver.

MacKinnon posted his 100th career NHL goal as he one-timed Tyson Barrie’s shot over Vancouver goaltender Anders Nilsson’s shoulder on the short side. The Avalanche completed a rally from a 4-1 deficit in the final five minutes of the second period.

Barrie led Colorado with a goal and four assists, while MacKinnon also furnished three assists. All of Colorado’s goals came on the power play as the Avs went 5-for-6 in man-advantage situations.

Blue Jackets 2, Devils 1: Sergei Bobrovsky made 30 saves as Columbus held on for a victory over New Jersey.

Bobrovsky beat the Devils for the third time this season by withstanding a late flurry in the final minutes moments before and after New Jersey pulled goaltender Keith Kinkaid for the extra attacker.

Columbus’ Boone Jenner scored in the first period and Scott Harrington netted the tiebreaking tally in the second. New Jersey’s Taylor Hall collected his 25th goal of the season.

Flyers 3, Canadiens 2 (OT): Jake Voracek scored two goals, including the game-winner in overtime, as Philadelphia defeated visiting Montreal.

Voracek, who also tied the game with 1:25 left in regulation, has now scored nine career overtime goals. He registered the game-winner with 3:34 left in the extra session.

Nolan Patrick added a goal for the Flyers while Shayne Gostisbehere had two assists.

Maple Leafs 1, Panthers 0: Frederik Andersen made 40 saves for his career-high fifth shutout of the season as Toronto defeated visiting Florida.

Andersen (30-16-4) is five wins short of his career high, set in 2014-15.

James van Riemsdyk scored late in the first period, helping the Leafs improve to 11-2-0 in their past 13 games.

Predators 3, Red Wings 2: Viktor Arvidsson scored his third goal in two nights as Nashville squeaked past host Detroit.

Arvidsson notched two goals in a 5-2 home victory over the Ottawa Senators Monday. Scott Hartnell and Kyle Turris had the other goals against the Red Wings in the second meeting between the clubs in four nights.

Roman Josi and Ryan Ellis supplied two assists apiece, and Juuse Saros made 34 saves for the Predators.

Sharks 3, Blues 2: Logan Couture and Mikkel Boedker each scored a goal and added an assist in San Jose’s three-goal second period during a win at St. Louis.

Joonas Donskoi snapped a 1-1 tie in the middle of the second period, and Boedker scored less than four minutes later as San Jose started a four-game road trip with its third straight win.

Ivan Barbashev and Vladimir Tarasenko scored second-period goals for St. Louis, which dropped its fourth straight game.

Kings 4, Jets 3: Darcy Kuemper had 30 saves and Dustin Brown scored what proved to be the game-winning goal with 4:07 remaining to lead Los Angeles to a victory at Winnipeg.

Torrey Mitchell, Alec Martinez and Dion Phaneuf also scored goals and Adrian Kempe had two assists for the Kings, who earned their third straight win. The contest was the final game of Los Angeles’ 4-3-0 road trip.

Dustin Byfuglien, Blake Wheeler and Patrik Laine each had a goal and an assist for Winnipeg, which had a three-game win streak snapped in the final game of a franchise-record, 10-game homestand. The Jets went 6-3-1 in that stretch.

Bruins 3, Oilers 2: David Krejci scored the game-winning goal with 1:04 left in the third period to help Boston erase a two-goal deficit in a win at Edmonton.

Krejci took Danton Heinen’s feed from behind the net and slammed it home for the winner, snapping the Bruins’ six-game losing streak against the Oilers. Boston earned its first win over Edmonton since Nov. 6, 2014.

Noel Acciari and Matt Grzelcyk also scored, and Anton Khudobin made 18 saves for Boston, which won its second straight. Ryan Strome and Jujhar Khaira each had a goal and Cam Talbot made 40 saves for Edmonton. — Reuters


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