Oettinger makes 45 saves as Stars beat Ovechkin, Caps 2-1


WASHINGTON (AP) — Jake Oettinger made 45 saves to lead the Dallas Stars to a 2-1 comeback victory over the…

WASHINGTON (AP) — Jake Oettinger made 45 saves to lead the Dallas Stars to a 2-1 comeback victory over the Washington Capitals on Thursday night and deny Alex Ovechkin another milestone goal.

Jamie Benn tied it early in the third period, and Colin Miller scored the go-ahead goal on a fluky carom less than 90 seconds later.

The Stars won for the fourth time in five games.

Washington’s winning streak ended at five, and Ovechkin’s run of four consecutive games with a goal came to an end. Ovechkin remains at 800, one back of tying Gordie Howe for second on the NHL career list.

Ovechkin did get on the scoresheet, setting up Conor Sheary’s goal in the second period for his 645th assist.


NEW YORK (AP) — Jimmy Vesey had two goals, Igor Shesterkin made 22 saves and the Rangers earned their fifth straight win.

Vesey snapped a tie with 4:27 left in the second period. He added an empty-netter with 1:13 remaining for his fifth of the season.

Filip Chytil also scored for New York, and Vincent Trocheck had two assists.

Toronto lost in regulation for the first time since Nov. 11. It went 12-0-3 in its previous 15 games. The Maple Leafs also had recorded a point in nine straight road games, including seven wins.

Michael Bunting had Toronto’s lone goal. Mitchell Marner’s point streak ended at 23 games.


SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — Pittsburgh defenseman Kris Letang scored in his third game back since having a stroke.

Letang scored a short-handed goal off a breakaway pass from Bryan Rust, tying it at 1 in the second period.

Jake Guentzel scored twice and Evgeni Malkin added a power-play goal for the Penguins, who earned their seventh straight win. Tristan Jarry made 32 saves.

Ryan Lomberg and Sam Reinhart scored for Florida. Sergei Bobrovsky made 33 saves.

Malkin appeared to injure his right knee on his goal as he was struck by a slap shot from Sidney Crosby. The puck ended up in the net off the post, but Malkin hit the ice and had to be helped to the team’s medical room.


BOSTON (AP) — Adrian Kempe scored twice in the third period to rally Los Angeles from a two-goal deficit, and Trevor Moore scored for the Kings in the seventh round of the shootout.

It was just the second loss at home for the Bruins all season.

Pheonix Copley stopped 33 shots in regulation and overtime and another five in the shootout for the Kings, who had lost two in a row and 10 of their previous 15 games.

Taylor Hall and Brad Marchand scored in the second period to give Boston the lead, and Linus Ullmark made 28 saves for Boston.


TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Brayden Point extended his goal streak to five games, and Tampa Bay’s Brian Elliott made 24 saves in his seventh straight win.

Brandon Hagel had two goals for Tampa Bay, and Pierre-Edouard Bellemare also scored. The Lightning closed out a 5-1 homestand.

Lightning captain Steve Stamkos had his 14-game point streak stopped. He holds the team record with an 18-game run in 2009-10.

Columbus’ Daniil Tarasov stopped 25 shots. Kirill Marchenko scored for the Blue Jackets, who dropped to 2-7-1 on the road.


NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Carter Hart matched his career high with 48 saves and Travis Konecny scored the tiebreaking goal with 8:14 to play as the Flyers extended the Devils’ season-high skid to four games.

Scott Laughton also scored as the Flyers snapped a four-game winless streak (0-2-2) and beat the Devils for the second time in three meetings.

Jack Hughes scored for the Devils and Vitek Vanecek had 22 saves as New Jersey fell to 0-3-1 in its last four.


RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Carolina goalie Pyotr Kochetkov had his scoreless streak end and the Hurricanes held on after building an early lead.

Andrei Svechnikov and Derek Stepan scored in the first period and Stefan Noesen added a second-period goal on his first career penalty shot.

Kochetkov, who went more than 151 minutes without allowing a goal, made 15 saves for his sixth win in the team’s last seven games.

Ryan Donato and Daniel Sprong scored for Seattle and Philipp Grubauer made 36 saves. The Kraken finished a four-game trip 1-3-0.


MONTREAL (AP) — John Klingberg scored twice and the Ducks won in regulation for only the second time this season.

Troy Terry also scored for Anaheim. Adam Henrique and Frank Vatrano added empty-netters, and Lukas Dostal made 23 saves. The Ducks improved to 8-20-3, ending a three-game skid.

Cole Caufield had two third-period goals for Montreal. Jake Allen stopped 27 shots.


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