Jackets Snap Skid, Top Caps
WASHINGTON (AP) — Because the Washington Capitals don’t lose very often, they’ll try to take something from a letdown game against the Columbus Blue Jackets rather than just burning the video.
Fresh off sweeping a four-game road trip, the NHL-leading Capitals fell flat in a 5-2 loss Monday night that snapped their winning streak at six. Washington hadn’t lost in regulation since Nov. 20.
The Capitals’ seven-game point streak came to an end before facing the Boston Bruins in a showdown of the league’s top two teams.
Goaltender Braden Holtby made 19 first-period saves but allowed four goals on 37 shots. Alex Ovechkin scored his 21st of the season early in the third period, and Backstrom added a 6-on-5 goal in the waning minutes in his return from an eight-game injury absence.
ISLANDERS 5, LIGHTNING 1
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Semyon Varlamov stopped 31 shots, Brock Nelson scored twice in the third period, and the New York Islanders beat the Tampa Bay Lightning.
FLAMES 5, AVALANCHE 4, OT
DENVER (AP) — Sean Monahan scored 2:09 into overtime to lift the Calgary Flames over the Colorado Avalanche.
SENATORS 5, BRUINS 2
OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Wins haven’t come easily for Ottawa this season. On Monday night, the Senators found a way to beat one of the top teams in the NHL.
Anthony Duclair had two goals and one assist, and Anders Nilsson made 38 saves as the Senators (13-17-1) beat the Boston Bruins.