WASHINGTON – Alex Ovechkin moved within one goal of becoming the first Washington player with 50 in three seasons and netted the shootout winner to help the Capitals end a four-game home losing streak.

Mike Green scored his 24th goal, most among NHL defensemen, and assisted on Ovechkin’s tally, while Alexander Semin has his 29th goal and three assists. Erik Cole, Eric Staal and Ray Whitney each scored a goal and had at least one assist for Carolina.

Flyers 4, Rangers 2

PHILADELPHIA – Arron Asham scored two goals, and Martin Biron made 39 saves to help Philadelphia win for the third time in four games.

Mike Richards and Scott Hartnell also scored for the Flyers, fourth in the Eastern Conference. Nik Antropov and Sean Avery scored for New York.

Red Wings 5, Blues 2

ST. LOUIS – Pavel Datsyuk scored twice in the second period, and Detroit had three goals on three shots in a 46-second span of the second period.

Tomas Kopecky, Brett Lebda and Henrik Zetterberg also scored, and Chris Osgood made 30 saves for Detroit, tied with Boston for the NHL lead with 99 points.

T.J. Oshie had a goal and an assist, and Jeff Woywitka also scored for St. Louis.

Senators 4, Pens 3, SO

PITTSBURGH – Mike Comrie scored the deciding goal in the shootout, and Ottawa won for fifth time in six games to improve to 11-6-3 under interim coach Cory Clouston.

Chris Campoli, Nick Foligno and Chris Phillips scored in regulation for Ottawa, down 3-1 with 8 minutes left. Eric Godard, Sidney Crosby and Tyler Kennedy scored for Pittsburgh.

Maple Leafs 8, Flames 6

TORONTO – Mikhail Grabovski scored two goals to help Toronto offset Olli Jokinen’s five-point game for Calgary.

Jokinen, acquired from Phoenix at the trade deal, had three goals and two assists. He has eight goals and two assists in six games since the trade.

Jeff Finger, Nikolai Kulemin, Jason Blake, Jeff Hamilton, John Mitchell and Jamal Mayers also scored for Toronto.

Thrashers 4, Sabres 3, SO

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Brett Sterling scored the deciding goal in a shootout for Atlanta, hours after he was called up from the minors.,

Todd White forced overtime for Atlanta, scoring with 3.5 seconds remaining.

in regulation. Slava Kozlov and Marty Reasoner also scored for Atlanta, which matched a season best with its fifth straight win. Derek Roy had a goal and an assist, and Daniel Paille and Maxim Afinogenov also scored for Buffalo.

Lightning 4, Panthers 3, SO

SUNRISE, Fla. – Karri Ramo stopped all three shots in a shootout for Tampa Bay, and Steven Stamkos scored the only goal in the tiebreaker.

Jeff Halpern, Martin St. Louis and former Panthers player Cory Murphy scored in regulation for Tampa Bay. David Booth had two goals and an assist for Florida, and Michael Frolik also scored.


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