NHL roundup: Backstrom nets OT game-winner for Caps

Nicklas Backstrom scored on a breakaway at 4:17 of overtime Sunday as the Washington Capitals downed the St.
Louis Blues 4-3 at Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C.

T.J. Oshie took the puck away from Colton Parayko at the Washington blue line
and zipped a diagonal pass to Backstrom near the St. Louis blue line. Joel
Edmundson couldn’t catch Backstrom, and he roofed a wrist shot over Carter
Hutton for his ninth goal.

The Capitals extended their Metropolitan Division lead over New Jersey to
three points, while the Blues lost for the second time in as many days but
picked up a point to edge ahead of Nashville for second place in the Central
Division.

St. Louis forced overtime with Carl Gunnarsson’s first goal in 27 games, a
point shot at 15:51 of the third period that deflected off Alex Ovechkin and
eluded goaltender Braden Holtby.

Blue Jackets 3, Panthers 2 (SO)

Artemi Panarin, Jack Johnson and Josh Anderson scored in an eight-round
shootout as host Columbus defeated Florida, 3-2.

Aleksander Barkov and Mike Matheson scored for the Panthers in the shootout.
Barkov also scored with 1:34 left in the third period to help send the game to
overtime.

Blackhawks 4, Oilers 1

Chicago received goals from four different players and goaltender Anton
Forsberg turned aside 32 shots to record just his second win of the season in
a 4-1 victory over Edmonton at the United Center in Chicago.

Nick Schmaltz, Alex DeBrincat and Brandon Saad scored goals in the opening two
periods and defenseman Jordan Oesterle scored against his former team to
complete the win for the Blackhawks.

Jets 4, Sharks 1

Mathieu Perreault scored twice while Matt Hendricks and Marko Dano both lit
the lamp once to give Winnipeg a 4-1 victory over San Jose at the Bell MTS
Place in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

That offense was more than enough to combine with a 31-save outing from goalie
Connor Hellebuyck for the Jets to strengthen their hold atop the National
Hockey League’s Central Division.

Islanders 5, Devils 4 (SO)

Brock Nelson scored the only goal of the shootout Sunday as New York came back
from a two-goal, third-period deficit to beat New Jersey, 5-4, in a shootout
at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Nelson scored in the fifth round, as the Islanders snapped a five-game losing
streak heading into their “bye week.”

Flyers 4, Sabres 1

Sean Couturier scored two goals and Shayne Gostisbehere and Ivan Provorov each
scored one goal, leading Philadelphia past Buffalo, 4-1, at the Wells Fargo
Center in Philadelphia.

Backup goaltender Michal Neuvirth started for the first time since Nov. 28 and
earned the win with 30 saves on 31 shots on goal. Brian Elliott had started
the previous 16 games.

Canadiens 5, Canucks 2

Brendan Gallagher scored the winning goal and added an assist as Montreal beat
Vancouver, 5-2, in Montreal.

The Canadiens (18-20-4) earned their second straight win, while the Canucks
(16-20-6) have lost four straight games and 12 of the past 14.

Lightning 5, Red Wings 2

Yanni Gourde had two goals, Nikita Kucherov scored his league-leading 27th
goal and Tampa Bay snapped host Detroit’s four-game winning streak.

Louis Domingue made 34 saves in his Lightning (30-9-3) debut. Gustav Nyquist
and Justin Abdelkader scored for the Red Wings (17-17-7).

Penguins 6, Bruins 5 (OT)

Evgeni Malkin scored the game-winning goal 2:51 into overtime to help
Pittsburgh edge Boston, 6-5, in a thriller at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh.

Malkin finished with two goals and has 17 on the season. Jamie Oleksiak, Phil
Kessel, Kris Letang and Riley Sheahan also scored for the Penguins (22-19-3).
Boston (23-10-7) snapped a three-game winning streak but extended its points
streak to 11 straight games (8-0-3).

–Field Level Media

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