Ovechkin leads Capitals over Hurricanes to increase Washington’s division lead

Alex Ovechkin scored his NHL-leading 49th goal of the season to snap a four-game drought and help host Washington beat the Hurricanes 4-1 on Tuesday night, increasing the Capitals’ division lead.

Ovechkin snapped a shot past Petr Mrazek for the go-ahead goal 4:31 into the third period. With his 656th career goal, Ovechkin tied Brendan Shanahan for 13th on the all-time list.

T.J. Oshie and John Carlson also scoredas the Capitals won their second straight. Washington increased its lead to three points over the Islanders atop the Metropolitan Division.

Coyotes 1, Blackhawks 0: Nick Cousins scored a power-play goal early in the third period and host Arizona boosted its playoff chances by snapping a five-game losing streak.

Ducks 5, Canucks 4: Rookie Sam Steel recorded his first NHL hat trick and visiting Anaheim beat Vancouver. Rickard Rakell and Kiefer Sherwood also scored for the Ducks.

Oilers 8, Kings 4: Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Leon Draisaitl each scored three goals, leading host Edmonton past Los Angeles. Zack Kassian also scored for the Oilers, who moved five points back of a wild card in the Western Conference playoff race.

Blue Jackets 4, Islanders 0: Sergei Bobrovsky recorded his second consecutive shutout and host Columbus stayed in the playoff hunt by beating New York.

Senators 4, Sabres 0: Craig Anderson stopped 35 shots for his second shutout of the season and host Ottawa beat Buffalo.

Canadiens 6, Panthers 1: Tomas Tatar had two goals and an assist to lead host Montreal over Florida and remain in playoff position. The Panthers were eliminated from playoff contention.

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