NHL Night: Ovechkin Scores Twice, Caps Top Islanders

UNIONDALE, New York — Alex Ovechkin scored his second goal of the game with 10.7 seconds left in overtime as the surging Washington Capitals beat New York 5-4 on Tuesday, sending the Islanders to their seventh straight loss.

The Islanders managed to salvage a point thanks to third-period goals by Andy Sutton and Jon Sim that wiped out a 4-2 deficit. Sim tied it with 2:13 left in regulation with his first goal since being placed on waivers last week.

Ovechkin ended it with a snapper past Joey MacDonald, Washington's 40th shot of the game and his 19th goal this season. He gave the Capitals a 4-2 lead with 3:25 left in the second period.

Boyd Gordon and Brooks Laich scored in the first period, and defenseman Milan Jurcina added a goal in the second. Brent Johnson made 35 saves to win his fifth consecutive start.

Flyers 5, Avalanche 2

At Philadelphia, Mike Richards and Simon Gagne each had a goal and two assists to lead Philadelphia past Colorado for its fifth straight win.

Mike Knuble added a goal and an assist, and Jeff Carter and Joffrey Lupul also scored for the Flyers, unbeaten in regulation in their last 10 home games (8-0-2).

Carter is second in the NHL with 22 goals, two behind Buffalo's Thomas Vanek.

Paul Stastny and David Jones scored for the Avalanche, who had won three of four — including a 2-1 victory Monday at Detroit.

Hurricanes 3, Canadiens 2

At Raleigh, North Carolina, Eric Staal scored two power-play goals and Carolina took advantage of the penalty-prone Montreal.

Joe Corvo added another power-play goal and Sergei Samsonov had two assists for the Hurricanes, who snapped a two-game skid. Cam Ward made 22 saves, including one on a point-blank chance by Montreal's Alex Kovalev with 10 seconds remaining.

Kovalev scored a short-handed goal for the Canadiens and Guillaume Latendresse connected on a penalty shot. Montreal has lost three in a row.

Maple Leafs 3, Devils 2, SO

At Toronto, Vesa Toskala stopped Travis Zajac on a breakaway in the final seconds of overtime and Jason Blake had the winning goal in a shootout to lead Toronto over New Jersey.

Nik Antropov and Jeremy Williams scored in regulation for the Maple Leafs, who have won three straight for the first time this season. Toskala finished with 25 stops.

Williams also converted in the shootout. Patrik Elias had the Devils' only successful attempt.

Mike Rupp and Zach Parise scored regulation goals for New Jersey.

Thrashers 4, Senators 1

At Ottawa, Colby Armstrong scored a pair of goals 31 seconds apart in the third period as Atlanta ended a three-game losing streak with a win over Ottawa.

Ondrej Pavelec stopped 28 shots, losing a bid for his first career shutout on Chris Kelly's goal with 1:18 remaining.

Slava Kozlov scored his 14th goal midway through the first, and Armstrong increased the lead to 3-0 when he beat Martin Gerber twice early in the third.

Todd White scored into an empty net for the Thrashers, who ended a 0-2-1 skid and won for just the third time in 14 games (3-9-2).

Flames 6, Blues 3

At St. Louis, Jarome Iginla had two goals and two assists to match his career best for points and goalie Miikka Kiprusoff beat St. Louis for the 11th straight time as Calgary ended a three-game losing streak.

Iginla, who leads the Flames with 37 points, was held to one assist during the team's slide. But in 46 games against the Blues he has 56 points — 20 goals and 36 assists — a total that includes a goal and an assist in a 4-3 overtime victory at St. Louis on Dec. 5.

Brad Boyes got his 16th goal and an assist for the Blues, who have lost four in a row while allowing 21 goals. St. Louis has dropped nine of 10 to the Flames.

Stars 2, Coyotes 1, OT

At Dallas, Loui Eriksson scored two goals, including the game-winner with 1:21 left in overtime, to help Dallas beat Phoenix.

Mike Ribeiro held the puck behind the net before passing to an open Eriksson, who put the rebound of his own shot past Ilja Bryzgalov.

Dallas goalie Marty Turco had 22 stops. The Stars held a 1-0 lead for more than two periods before the Coyotes tied it at 10:51 of the third on Todd Fedoruk's goal.

The Stars played their first game since cutting ties with Sean Avery on Sunday. The forward was eligible to return Tuesday from a six-game suspension after making a crude comment about ex-girlfriends dating other hockey players, but the team instead decided to part ways with Avery.

Rangers 3, Ducks 1

At Anaheim, California, Nigel Dawes stole a pass, deked defender Chris Pronger and beat Jonas Hiller between the pads for a tiebreaking goal with 3:16 remaining that lifted New York over Anaheim.

Dawes grabbed a deflected pass by Anaheim's Kent Huskins and skated deftly around Pronger before scoring from close range for his fourth goal of the season.

Chris Drury had the Rangers' first goal, and Henrik Lundqvist made 19 saves. Nikolai Zherdev completed the scoring in the final second, when he was on a breakaway and Pronger tripped him. Because there was an empty net, Zherdev was awarded the goal.

Chris Kunitz scored for Anaheim. Hiller started in place of Jean-Sebastien Giguere, whose father died Monday.

Blackhawks 9, Oilers 2

At Edmonton, Alberta, Troy Brouwer had two goals and an assist, and Chicago beat Edmonton for its fifth straight win.

Patrick Kane added a goal and two assists for the Blackhawks in their last seven games. Duncan Keith, Colin Fraser, Brian Campbell, Kris Versteeg, Ben Eager and Craig Adams also scored.

Shawn Horcoff and Marc Pouliot scored for the Oilers.

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