Capitals win shootout against Red Wings to top Metro Division


AP

WASHINGTON — Washington returned to the top of the NHL Metropolitan Division with a 3-2 shootout win against Detroit on Tuesday, with T.J. Oshie and Evgeny Kuznetsov scoring in the shootout.

Among other key results, Dallas maintained its strong buffer atop the Central Division thanks to a last-minute goal which decided an 11-goal thriller against Carolina, and Chicago’s Patrick Kane extended his points streak with a late goal in the victory over Nashville.

Washington’s Alex Ovechkin tied the score at 10:51 of the third period, and the Capitals killed a Red Wings power play in overtime to force the shootout.

Oshie began by beating Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard, and Gustav Nyquist was denied by Braden Holtby on the other end. Kuznetsov followed by with an easy goal off a deke to his right and Pavel Datsyuk missed to provide the Capitals with the win.

Justin Williams also scored for Washington.

Despite the loss, the Red Wings earned a point in an 11th straight game (8-0-3); their longest streak since 2010. Henrik Zetterberg and Tomas Jurco scored for Detroit.

Dallas’ Patrick Sharp scored on the power play with 19 seconds remaining to give the Stars a 6-5 win against Carolina.

Sharp took a pass from John Klingberg above the right faceoff circle and sent a slap shot off Carolina goalie Eddie Lack and into the net.

The Hurricanes had rallied with four third-period goals to tie the score with 6:43 remaining.

Dallas’ Jamie Benn scored his league-leading 19th goal and added three assists. He combined with linemantes Tyler Seguin (goal, 3 assists) and Valeri Nichuskin (goal, 2 assists) for three goals and eight assists. Patrick Eaves and Johnny Oduya also scored.

Carolina’s Justin Faulk had two goals, and Jaccob Slavin, Phillip Di Giuseppe and Jeff Skinner also scored for the Hurricanes.

Chicago won 4-1 against Nashville, with Kane’s late empty netter giving him a goal or an assist for the 23rd straight game.

Kane’s 17th goal was his 600th NHL point. The winger, who entered as the NHL’s leading scorer, has 14 goals and 23 assists during his franchise-record streak.

Teuvo Teravainen and Andrew Shaw each had a goal and an assist for the Blackhawks, and Dennis Rasmussen scored in his NHL debut.

Eric Nystrom scored for Nashville in its first meeting with Chicago since the Blackhawks won last season’s first-round playoff series.

New York’s Kyle Okposo scored the only goal of the shootout to give the Islanders a 4-3 win against Philadelphia.

Okposo, New York’s second skater in the shootout, using a stellar move to pull the puck onto his forehand before sending it into the roof of the net.

Frans Nielsen scored twice in regulation and Brock Nelson also scored for the Islanders.

Ryan White, Pierre-Edouard Bellemare and Claude Giroux scored for the Flyers.

Ottawa’s Mike Hoffman scored the go-ahead goal as the Senators beat Florida 4-2.

Kyle Turris and Zack Smith also scored for the Senators and Jean-Gabriel Pageau added a short-handed empty net goal with 2:31 left.

Reilly Smith and Logan Shaw scored for the Panthers.

St. Louis rallied after conceding the opening goal and beat Arizona 4-1, with Vladimir Tarasenko and Alexander Steen scoring in the second period.

Los Angeles pushed its winning streak to five games with a 3-2 victory at Columbus, with Alec Martinez assisting on the tying goal and then scoring the winner at 4:33 of overtime.

Toronto’s Tyler Bozak and Nazem Kadri scored in the shootout to give the Maple Leafs a 3-2 win against New Jersey.

Calgary extended its home winning streak to seven by beating San Jose 4-2, with Mikael Backlund contributing a goal and an assist.