Alex Ovechkin’s penalties spur New York Rangers to 4-1 win over Washington
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About three hours after asking for more respect from NHL officials, Alex Ovechkin was called for two penalties within seconds of each other, leading to a pair of goals that put the New York Rangers ahead for good in a 4-1 win over the Capitals on Sunday in Washington.
In the second period, the two-time league MVP tripped Ryan Callahan, and then, with the call delayed while New York was pulling the goalie, Ovechkin dragged down Ryan McDonagh for a holding call.
Play continued and Brian Boyle scored his first goal of the season, beating Braden Holtby to make the score 2-1 before Ovechkin’s first penalty could be assessed.
With Ovechkin serving his second infraction, Rick Nash’s one-timer grazed off Callahan’s right leg for a 3-1 lead.
Canadiens 5, Panthers 2 — Michael Ryder scored two power-play goals to send Montreal to a win, the Canadiens’ fourth on their five-game road trip. Ryder has seven assists and two goals in seven games since being acquired from Dallas on Feb. 26.
Penguins 6, Islanders 1 — Sidney Crosby tied a career high with five assists, and Chris Kunitz had a hat trick and two assists in the host’s rout.
Flyers 3, Sabres 2 — Simon Gagne and Claude Giroux scored power-play goals and host Philadelphia held off Buffalo to snap a three-game skid.
Oilers 6, Blackhawks 5 — Sam Gagner scored two of Edmonton’s four goals in the first period and the visiting Oilers sent Chicago to its second consecutive loss after its record-breaking start.
Devils 3, Jets 2 — Patrik Elias scored the only goal of the shootout, and Johan Hedberg stopped all three Winnipeg attempts as host New Jersey prevailed for just the second time in nine games since Martin Brodeur was sidelined with a sore back.
Blue Jackets 3, Red Wings 2 — Ryan Johansen and Matt Calvert scored in the shootout as Columbus won in Detroit to complete a home-and-home sweep and improve to 5-0-2 in its last seven games.
Wild 4, Canucks 2 — Zach Parise had two goals and an assist to help host Minnesota move into a first-place tie in the Northwest Division with Vancouver.
Ducks 4, Blues 2 — Corey Perry scored twice in the third period and Anaheim tied a franchise record with its 11th consecutive home victory.
Avalanche 3, Sharks 2 — Matt Duchene scored his second goal of the night with .2 seconds remaining in overtime to give the hosts the win.