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Ovechkin scores, Caps top Sabres in SO

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WASHINGTON (AP) Alex Ovechkin thought he had a chance to score every time he shot the puck and came away disappointed he finished with just one goal.

Ovechkin scored his NHL-leading 29th goal of the season, extended his point streak to a career-best 14 games and had the shootout winner to help the Washington Capitals beat the Buffalo Sabres 4-3 on Saturday night. The Russian superstar and reigning playoff MVP continued one of the best runs of his career and fell two goals shy of becoming the first player in league history to record a hat trick in three consecutive games.

"It would be nice to get another hatty or whatever," Ovechkin said. "But nothing you can do about it."


Barkov nets 3, Panthers top Leafs in OT

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) Aleksander Barkov scored at 3:24 of overtime to complete his first NHL hat trick and give the Florida Panthers a 4-3 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday night.

Barkov slipped the puck past goalie Frederik Andersen from the right side of the crease.


Canadiens score 4 in 3rd, beat Senators

MONTREAL (AP) Shea Weber scored the tiebreaking goal in Montreal's four-goal third period and the Canadiens rallied for 5-2 win over Ottawa on Saturday night, beating the Senators for the third time in 12 days.

Jesperi Kotkaniemi and Matthew Peca each had a goal and an assist, and Paul Byron and Jonathan Drouin also scored for the Canadiens. Carey Price stopped 16 shots to win his fifth straight.


Kessel scores in OT, Penguins beat Kings

PITTSBURGH (AP) Phil Kessel scored a power-play goal at 3:59 of overtime to give the Pittsburgh Penguins a 4-3 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday night.

Evgeni Malkin pushed a loose puck from the slot to Kessel, and he finished near the side of the net for the Penguins' fifth victory in seven games.


Barzal lifts Islanders past Wings in SO

UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) Mathew Barzal scored on a power play in the third period and had the only goal in the shootout to lift the New York Islanders to a 4-3 win over the Red Wings on Saturday night.

Anthony Beauvillier and Casey Cizikas also scored in regulation for the Islanders, who beat the Red Wings for the fourth straight time - including a 3-2 win at Detroit last Saturday. Thomas Greiss finished with 18 saves.


Ducks down Jackets with Sprong OT winner

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Daniel Sprong scored 1:19 into overtime to lift the Anaheim Ducks over the Columbus Blue Jackets 2-1 on Saturday night.

Adam Henrique won a faceoff in the Ducks offensive zone, and Sprong beat Sergei Bobrovsky with his second goal of the night.


Tkachuk's goal lifts Flames over Wild

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) Once the rough stuff was out of the way, the Calgary Flames settled in and clamped down on the Minnesota Wild.

The surprise leaders of the Pacific Division, the Flames have proven this season to be feisty and flexible.


Sabres suspend F Berglund indefinitely

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Buffalo Sabres have suspended forward Patrik Berglund indefinitely for failing to report to the team.

The Sabres announced the suspension Saturday, hours before facing the defending Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals. They said there would be no further information or comment at this time.


Blues sign Bortuzzo to 3-year extension

ST. LOUIS (AP) The Blues have signed veteran defenseman Robert Bortuzzo to a three-year extension worth $1.375 million per season.

St. Louis general manager Doug Armstrong announced Bortuzzo's $4.125 million contract extension Saturday. Bortuzzo is now signed through the 2021-22 season.


Scheifele's OT goal moves Jets atop West

CHICAGO (AP) Mark Scheifele and the Winnipeg Jets just keep rolling along.

Another long night was no big deal.

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