Washington extends win streak against Boston

Washington’s Nicklas Backstrom scored the winning goal in the third period and the Capitals won their 14th straight over the Bruins, prevailing 4-2 in Boston on Thursday night.

Backstrom, who sat out Wednesday’s game against Philadelphia because of an illness, glided to the Bruins’ zone and ripped a left-circle wrister past Jaroslav Halak for the go-ahead goal with 14:14 remaining.

“Sometimes hockey isn’t fair,” Backstrom said after the Capitals won despite being outshot 41-22. “Even if they win the shots, we got the win. It’s weird sometimes.”

The Caps’ streak against the Bruins dates to March 29, 2014.

Alexander Ovechkin netted his NHL-leading 31st and 32nd goals of the season, and also had the highlight hit of the game when he sent Zdeno Chara — the NHL’s tallest player ever at 6-foot-9 — flipping head over heels into the Capitals’ bench late in the first.

The TD Garden crowd gasped, but play continued and there was no immediate on-ice retaliation. The Bruins’ captain got back onto the ice quickly and rejoined the play.

Predators 4, Blue Jackets 3: Artemi Panarin scored his second goal of the night 1:22 into overtime as host Columbus ended Nashville’s three-game winning streak. Boone Jenner added two goals for the Blue Jackets as John Tortorella became the 19th head coach in NHL history to record 600 wins.

Lightning 3, Hurricanes 1: Brayden Point scored the winning goal with 3:15 left and added an empty-netter in the final minute as Tampa Bay extended its home winning streak to nine game while improving to 17-1-1 in its past 19 games overall.

Islanders 4, Rangers 3: Josh Bailey scored with 1:26 remaining to lift the Islanders to victory in the matchup between New York teams at Madison Square Garden.

Maple Leafs 4, Devils 2: John Tavares scored twice, hitting the 300-goal mark for his career, as visiting Toronto extended New Jersey’s losing streak to three games.

Flyers 2, Stars 1: James van Riemsdyk had a goal and an assist and Carter Hart stopped 37 shots as host Philadelphia halted an eight-game skid.

Blues 4, Canadiens 1: Oskar Sundqvist had a goal and an assist and rookie Jordan Binnington made 28 saves as host St. Louis dealt Montreal its third loss in four games.

Wild 3, Jets 2: Jason Zucker scored two goals, one on a power play and the other seconds after leaving the penalty box, to help host Minnesota win for the fourth time in five games.

Oilers 4, Panthers 3: Connor McDavid had two goals, including the tying strike with eight seconds left in regulation, and also scored in the shootout to help host Edmonton prevail.

Coyotes 4, Canucks 3: Richard Panik scored his second goal of the game at 4:10 of overtime as visiting Arizona dealt Vancouver its third straight loss.

Senators 4, Kings 1: Former Sharks forward Chris Tierney scored twice as Ottawa earned consecutive road victories for the first time this season by winning its third in a row.

Briefly: Columbus was without goalie Sergei Bobrovsky for its game against Nashville. General manager Jarmo Kekalainen said in a statement that “there are certain expectations and values that we have established for our players that define our culture. An incident occurred in which Sergei failed to meet those expectations and values.” … Pittsburgh wing Patric Hornqvist has been diagnosed with a concussion, the result of being hit in the face by a puck Tuesday, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported. … Los Angeles activated defenseman Alec Martinez, who had been out since Dec. 8 because of an upper-body injury. … Among the players place on injured reserve: New Jersey goalie Mackenzie Blackwood (lower-body injury), Columbus forwards Brandon Dubinsky (hamstring) and Markus Hannikainen (upper-body injury), and Minnesota center Eric Fehr (unspecified injury).

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