NHL Roundup: Ovechkin scores 50th goal
The NHL roundup …TAMPA, Fla. ó Alex Ovechkin scored his NHL-leading 50th goal to become Washington’s first three-time 50-goal scorer, and defenseman Mike Green had two goals in the Capitals’ 5-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday night.
Ovechkin, who also had two assists, opened the scoring at 7:43 of the first period.
The 23-year-old Russian star took a pass from Nicklas Backstrom and carried the puck up the right side. Ovechkin deked Tampa Bay’s Matt Pettinger out of position and snapped a wrist shot from the right circle past rookie goalie Mike McKenna.
Ovechkin has 213 goals in 315 career regular-season games. He had 52 goals as a rookie in 2005-06, 46 in 2006-07 and 65 last season.
Green scored his 26th and 27th goals, the most among NHL defenseman, and Michael Nylander and Matt Bradley added goals in Washington’s ninth straight victory over Tampa Bay. Steven Stamkos and Martin St. Louis scored for the Lightning.
Kings 3, Bruins 2, OT
BOSTON ó Dustin Brown scored with 34 seconds left in overtime for Los Angeles after rookie defenseman Drew Doughty tied it with 1:36 remaining in regulation.
Boston got goals from Matt Hunwick in the first period, and Mark Recchi in the second as it attempted to clinch a playoff berth with a win.
Senators 5, Canadiens 4
OTTAWA ó Jason Spezza scored goals 52 seconds apart late in the first period, and Daniel Alfredsson added a goal and an assist for Ottawa.
Nick Foligno and Jarkko Ruutu also scored for Ottawa, which has won three in a row and seven of eight.
Panthers 3, Maple Leafs 1
SUNRISE, Fla. ó Stephen Weiss had a short-handed goal and an assist, and Tomas Vokoun made 37 saves to help Florida end a four-game losing streak.
Richard Zednik and Ville Peltonen also scored, and David Booth had two assists. Florida is ninth in the Eastern Conference.