National Hockey League Game Capsules

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Updated: January 28, 2013

Final Score: Washington 3, Buffalo 2

Washington, DC (Sports Network) – Alex Ovechkin scored his first goal of the season and it proved to be the game-winner as Washington finally got into the win column with a 3-2 victory over Buffalo on Sunday. Joel Ward had a goal and an assist, while John Erskine also lit the lamp for the Capitals, who got their first win of the season in five games and the first win for head coach Adam Oates. Michal Neuvirth turned aside 22 shots. Washington avoided losing five games to start the season for the first time since going 0-6-0 to begin the 1993-94 campaign. Tyler Ennis and Marcus Foligno each lit the lamp for the Sabres, who have dropped three straight after opening the campaign with two wins. Ryan Miller gave up all three goals on 30 shots in the loss.

Final Score: Pittsburgh 2, Ottawa 1 (SO)

Ottawa, ON (Sports Network) – Evgeni Malkin’s goal in the third round of the shootout lifted the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 2-1 victory over the Ottawa Senators on Sunday at Scotiabank Place. Sidney Crosby and James Neal each scored to start the shootout before Malkin slipped a backhand under the pads of Ottawa goaltender Craig Anderson to send the Penguins to victory. Neal recorded the lone Pittsburgh goal in regulation, while Marc-Andre Fleury turned away 31 shots to help the Penguins halt a two-game skid. Colin Greening tallied Ottawa’s only goal and Anderson registered 33 saves in the setback, the Senators’ second in a row.

Final Score: Montreal 4, New Jersey 3 (OT)

Montreal, QC (Sports Network) – Andrei Markov scored a power-play goal with 38 seconds remaining in overtime to lift the Montreal Canadiens to a 4-3 victory over the previously unbeaten New Jersey Devils. The Devils fought back from a pair of two-goal deficits to force overtime. With 59 seconds left in the extra session, New Jersey defenseman Andy Greene went to the penalty box for holding. Montreal won the ensuing faceoff and Rene Bourque fired a one-timer that went wide of the net. The puck caromed off the end boards and Markov chipped it over a prone Martin Brodeur, giving the Canadiens their first home win over New Jersey since March 11, 2008. They had lost eight straight to the Devils at the Bell Centre. Brandon Prust, Ryan White and Brendan Gallagher also lit the lamp for Montreal, which has won three straight since losing to Toronto on opening night. Carey Price made 22 saves. Patrik Elias and David Clarkson each registered a goal and two assists for the Devils, who were bidding to start 4-0 for the first time since 1995-96. Brodeur stopped 28 shots.

Final Score: Tampa Bay 5, Philadelphia 1

Tampa, FL (Sports Network) – Martin St. Louis had four assists and Teddy Purcell added a goal and two assists as the Tampa Bay Lightning pounded the Philadelphia Flyers, 5-1, on Sunday. Steven Stamkos had a goal and an assist while Eric Brewer, Vincent Lecavalier and Victor Hedman all scored for the Lightning, who have won three straight. Anders Lindback stopped 24 shots in the win. Sean Couturier scored the lone goal of the game for the Flyers, who were coming off a 7-1 thrashing of Florida on Saturday. Michael Leighton gave up all five goals on 26 shots.

Final Score: Chicago 2, Detroit 1 (OT)

Chicago, IL (Sports Network) – The current Chicago Blackhawks have accomplished something never done before in franchise history. Nick Leddy scored with 2:15 remaining in overtime, lifting the undefeated Blackhawks to a 2-1 victory over the Detroit Red Wings at United Center. Corey Crawford made 29 saves for Chicago, which is off to its best start in club history at 6-0-0.

Final Score: St. Louis 5, Minnesota 4 (OT)

St. Louis, MO (Sports Network) – Vladimir Sobotka scored 2:16 into overtime to lift the St. Louis Blues over the Minnesota Wild, 5-4, on Sunday. Wade Redden, Patrik Berglund, Chris Stewart and Barret Jackman also scored for the Blues, who have won three in a row. Brian Elliott made 12 saves. Zach Parise had two goals and an assist for the Wild, who have dropped three straight games. Mikko Koivu and Dany Heatley each had a goal and an assist. Niklas Backstrom stopped 29-of-34 shots in defeat.

Final Score: Winnipeg 5, NY Islanders 4 (OT)

Winnipeg, MB (Sports Network) – Evander Kane pushed a rebound across the goal line 1:59 into overtime, lifting the Winnipeg Jets to a 5-4 victory over the New York Islanders at MTS Centre. The Islanders scored three times in the first 9:53 of the third period to go up 4-2, but Winnipeg responded with goals from Dustin Byfuglien and Alexander Burmistrov 65 seconds apart to force overtime. In the extra session, Islanders forward Keith Aucoin turned the puck over in the offensive zone, resulting in an odd-man rush for the Jets. Olli Jokinen carried the puck down the left wing and fired a slap shot from the faceoff circle that struck the far post after getting past New York goalie Evgeni Nabokov. Kane followed up the play and banged home the rebound.

Final Score: San Jose 4, Vancouver 1

San Jose, CA (Sports Network) – Joe Pavelski poured in a pair of goals on Sunday, as the San Jose Sharks continued their scorching start to the season with a 4-1 victory over the Vancouver Canucks at HP Pavilion. Patrick Marleau, who had scored two goals in each of San Jose’s first four games, and Joe Thornton each tallied a goal and an assist for the Sharks, who are off to their best start in franchise history at 5-0-0. Antti Niemi turned away 23 shots in the triumph. Alexandre Burrows registered the lone Vancouver goal, while Cory Schneider surrendered all four goals on 27 shots for the Canucks, who had won two straight.