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Ovechkin nets 3 again, Caps rally in 3rd

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UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) Alex Ovechkin has made a career out of scoring big goals in big moments. His latest milestone was no different.

Ovechkin had a hat trick for the second consecutive game to tie Steve Yzerman for ninth on the career goals list Saturday, and the Washington Capitals rallied with five goals in the third period for a 6-4 victory over the New York Islanders.

"To be honest with you, it's something special. It's history. Great names," said Ovechkin, who is now two goals short of Mark Messier for eighth all-time.


Avs look to carry momentum against Blues

The Colorado Avalanche felt they were playing the right way but were getting a little unlucky while losing four in a row (0-2-2).

They finally broke through against San Jose on Thursday night, and now they look to carry that momentum into a matchup against the St. Louis Blues in Denver on Saturday afternoon.


Resurgent Blackhawks visit Maple Leafs

The Chicago Blackhawks will try to extend their winning streak to four games when they visit the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday night.

After playing the NHL's toughest schedule over the first 42 games, the Blackhawks have won four of six games against mostly lesser teams.


'Canes D Hamilton undergoes leg surgery

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) Carolina Hurricanes All-Star defenseman Dougie Hamilton is out indefinitely with a broken left leg.

The team announced Friday that Hamilton broke his left fibula during a loss at Columbus on Thursday night and underwent surgery Friday.


Crosby's PPG in OT lifts Pens over Wings

DETROIT (AP) Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin needed only 21 seconds to take advantage of an overtime penalty.

Crosby scored a power-play goal 1:33 into overtime to lift the Pittsburgh Penguins over the Detroit Red Wings 2-1 Friday night. Crosby scored by redirecting a slap pass from Malkin past goalie Jimmy Howard. Pittsburgh was on the power play after Detroit's Luke Glendening took Jared McCann down away from the play and was called for interference.


DeBoer, Golden Knights ready for Habs

The Vegas Golden Knights will be seeking to continue success under new coach Peter DeBoer when they visit the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday night.

The Golden Knights won their first game under DeBoer on Thursday night, when they defeated the host Ottawa Senators 4-2.


Panthers' Driedger to miss several weeks

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) Florida goalie Chris Driedger will miss several weeks with what's believed to be a groin injury, the latest health issue at that position for the Panthers.

The Panthers announced the diagnosis Saturday, calling it a lower-body injury.


Cirelli has hat trick as Tampa rips Jets

WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) Anthony Cirelli had shaving cream on his ear, hair and T-shirt. He didn't mind a bit.

The foam was part of the celebration his Tampa Bay Lightning teammates gave him Friday night after he scored his first career hat trick in a 7-1 rout over the Winnipeg Jets.


Ducks edge Hurricanes on Steel's OT goal

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) The Anaheim Ducks don't have another game for nine days.

After a 2-1 overtime win over the Carolina Hurricanes on Friday night, Ducks coach Dallas Eakins would like to change the schedule.

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