Oshie, Caps Top Rangers
NEW YORK (AP) — T.J. Oshie had a hat trick, Vitek Vanecek made 19 saves and the Washington Capitals beat the depleted New York Rangers 4-2 in a fight-filled game Wednesday night.
Oshie beat Alexandar Georgiev 12 seconds into the middle period with a shot from the right circle with Rangers forward Pavel Buchnevich in the penalty box.
Oshie scored again at 8:26 of the second — again with Buchnevich penalized for a high-sticking major — his 20th goal of the season.
Oshie, whose father died this week, completed his hat trick with an empty net goal at 18:20 of the third.
LIGHTNING 6, STARS 2
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Defenseman Erik Cernak had a goal and two assists to help Tampa Bay beat Dallas.
GOLDEN KNIGHTS 3
WILD 2, OT
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Alex Pietrangelo scored at 1:53 of overtime to lift Vegas past Minnesota.
BLUE JACKETS 4
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Mikhail Grigorenko scored the go-ahead goal in the third period and Columbus prevented Nashville from clinching a playoff spot.
DUCKS 3, BLUES 2, SO
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Troy Terry scored the shootout winner in Anaheim’s victory over St. Louis.
SHARKS 3, AVALANCHE 2
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Tomas Hertl had two goals and an assist in his 500th career NHL game and Erik Karlsson scored a go-ahead goal in the third period to lead San Jose past Colorado.
JETS 4, FLAMES 0
CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — Adam Lowry and Blake Wheeler each scored twice and Winnipeg beat Calgary to snap a seven-game losing streak and clinch a playoff spot.
SENATORS 5, CANADIENS 1
OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Erik Brannstrom had three assists for his first career multi-point game, Shane Pinto scored his first NHL goal and Ottawa stalled Montreal’s playoff charge.