Highlights of Saturday's NHL games

Capitals 4, Maple Leafs 2

Alex Ovechkin scored three goals as the Washington Capitals defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-2 on Saturday night.

Jakub Vrana also scored for the Capitals, who have won three games in a row to match their season-best winning streak.

Ovechkin's third goal of the game came at 19:53 of the third period into an empty net. It was his third hat trick of the campaign after combining for seven goals in the first two games of the season. Ovechkin has 576 goals, passing Mike Bossy (573) for 21st all-time.

Defensemen Jake Gardiner and Nikita Zaitsev scored for the Maple Leafs and backup goaltender Curtis McElhinney made 17 saves.

Golden Knights 4, Coyotes 2

Tomas Nosek scored short-handed to start a Vegas run of three goals scored three different ways in less than two minutes, and the expansion Golden Knights won their fifth in a row.

William Karlsson also stayed hot with his third goal in two games and his seventh during a five-game goal-scoring streak as the Golden Knights improved to 3-0 against the Coyotes and became the first NHL expansion franchise to have a pair of five-game winning streaks in its inaugural season. Vegas also won five straight from Oct. 15-27.

Arizona, down 3-0 after the second period, finally scored against Vegas backup Malcolm Subban when defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson scored his third goal in five games 21 seconds into the third.

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Penguins 5, Lightning 2

Tristan Jarry made 33 saves for his first career victory, and Phil Kessel and Sidney Crosby each scored twice as Pittsburgh topped Tampa Bay.

Kessel added two assists to reach a team-leading 31 points. He has 16 points in his past 10 games. Crosby, who scored for the second straight game after getting one goal in a 15-game stretch, added an assist as the Penguins ended a season-long three-game losing streak.

Ondrej Palat and Cory Conacher scored for the Lightning, who have incurred three of their five regulation losses in the past four games and are riding their first losing streak of the season at two games.

 

Canadiens 3, Sabres 0

Carey Price returned from a lower-body injury to make 36 saves in his first start since Nov. 2 as Montreal defeated Buffalo.

Jeff Petry, Alex Galchenyuk and Paul Byron scored for the Canadiens. It was Price's 40th career shutout.

Robin Lehner made 23 saves for the Sabres. Buffalo, which snapped a seven-game losing streak with a 3-1 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Friday night, has now lost eight of its last 10 games.

 

Blues 6, Wild 3

Jaden Schwartz scored twice, including once in a three-goal first period, to lead St. Louis over Minnesota.

After being shut out by the Nashville Predators on Friday night, the Blues got off to a fast start against the Wild, scoring on three of their first eight shots against goalie Devan Dubnyk, the final one from Schwartz.

The win was the 12th in a row by the Blues on the second night of back-to-back games. The loss was only the second in regulation by the Wild in their last nine games.

 

Blackhawks 4, Panthers 1

Jonathan Toews, who had been slumping, posted a season-high three points to lead Chicago past Florida.

Toews, whose only goal in the previous eight games was an empty-netter, scored once and had two assists to lead the Blackhawks. Chicago also got goals from John Hayden, Brandon Saad and Patrick Kane and solid goaltending from Corey Crawford (37 saves).

The Panthers in the third period lost top-line winger Evgenii Dadonov after he was hit high by Chicago defenseman Cody Franson. Jared McCann scored for Florida, which got 35 saves from Roberto Luongo.

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Montreal Canadiens: 1916, 1924, 1930, 1931, 1944, 1946, 1953, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1965, 1966, 1968, 1969, 1971, 1973, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1986, 1993

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Toronto Maple Leafs: 1918, 1922, 1932, 1942, 1945, 1947, 1948, 1949, 1951, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1967

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New York Rangers: 1928, 1933, 1940, 1994

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Boston Bruins: 1929, 1939, 1941, 1970, 1972, 2011

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Chicago Blackhawks: 1934, 1938, 1961, 2010, 2013, 2015

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Detroit Red Wings: 1936, 1937, 1943, 1950, 1952, 1954, 1955, 1997, 1998, 2002, 2008

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Philadelphia Flyers: 1974, 1975

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New York Islanders: 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983

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Edmonton Oilers: 1984, 1985, 1987, 1988, 1990

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Calgary Flames: 1989

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Pittsburgh Penguins: 1991, 1992, 2009, 2016

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New Jersey Devils: 1995, 2000, 2003

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Colorado Avalanche: 1996, 2001

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Dallas Stars: 1999

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Tampa Bay Lightning: 2004

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Los Angeles Kings: 2012, 2014

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Devils 4, Red Wings 3 (OT)

Brian Gibbons scored 2:32 into overtime to give New Jersey a victory over Detroit.

Taylor Hall had a goal and an assist and centers Brian Boyle and Nico Hischier also scored for the Devils. Keith Kinkaid made 31 saves for the Devils.

David Booth, a Detroit native, scored his first two goals for the Red Wings and right winger Anthony Mantha also scored for the Red Wings. Petr Mrazek stopped 21 shots for the Red Wings before he was replaced by Jimmy Howard in the third period. Howard had seven saves after Mrazek suffered a possible concussion.

 

Islanders 2, Senators 1

Jaroslav Halak made 31 saves as New York continued to roll with a victory over Ottawa.

Anders Lee and Jordan Eberle scored for the Islanders, who have won six of their last seven.

Matt Duchene scored his first goal with the Senators, who dropped their sixth straight. Craig Anderson made 22 saves for Ottawa.

 

Sharks 4, Jets 0

Logan Couture scored twice and Martin Jones made 38 saves as the Sharks defeated the Winnipeg Jets, one of the hottest teams in the NHL, 4-0 on Saturday night.

Jones collected his second shutout of the season and the 17th of his career. San Jose's penalty kill went 3-for-3 while the power play went 1-for-2. Winnipeg, second in the Central Division, lost for only the second time in eight games.

Tomas Hertl scored his fifth goal of the season into an empty net at 16:50 of the third period as the San Jose scored as many as four goals in consecutive games for the first time.

The Sharks were outshot 16-5 in the second period, but added to their lead thanks to outstanding play on the penalty kill.

 

Flames 3, Avalanche 2

Rookie David Rittich made 24 saves for his first NHL win, Micheal Ferland and Mikael Backlund scored goals 22 seconds apart, and the Calgary Flames beat the Colorado Avalanche 3-2 on Saturday night.

Backlund added an assist and Dougie Hamilton also scored for the Flames, who finished their six-game road trip 3-2-1.

Mikko Rantanen and Nikita Zadorov scored for Colorado and Jonathan Bernier stopped 25 shots in his fourth game in seven days.

Rittich, who was recalled Friday from Stockton of the AHL, was thrown into action and responded with a solid performance. He looked sharp against a Colorado team that was 7-1-1 at home entering Saturday.

 

Kings 2, Ducks 1

Trevor Lewis and Anze Kopitar scored in the shootout to lift the Los Angeles Kings to a 2-1 victory over the Anaheim Ducks on Saturday night at Staples Center.

The Kings tied the score 1-1 with 1:32 remaining in regulation on a goal by Dustin Brown.

Kopitar won a faceoff in the Anaheim zone and the puck went to Kings defenseman Drew Doughty. He took a shot from the point and Brown slapped away at the rebound until getting it by Ducks goaltender Ryan Miller with the Kings goalie Jonathan Quick pulled for an extra attacker.

Quick made 26 saves in regulation and stopped Kevin Roy to end the shootout to end his six-game losing streak.

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