- Associated Press - Monday, January 5, 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) - Alex Ovechkin had a goal and an assist to help the Washington Capitals beat the Florida Panthers 4-3 on Sunday.

Brooks Laich and Karl Alzner added second-period goals for Washington, which has won 10 straight home games against the Panthers. The Capitals improved to 10-1-3 in their past 14 games, and avoided a letdown after their 3-2 victory over Chicago in the Winter Classic.

Braden Holtby made 29 saves for Washington.

Nick Bjugstad had a goal and an assist for Florida. Vincent Trochek and Dylan Olsen also scored.

HURRICANES 2, BRUINS 1, SO

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Eric Staal scored the only goal in the shootout to lift Carolina past Boston.

Anton Khudobin got the start in goal for Carolina in place of Cam Ward, who played the previous four games. Khudobin, a former Bruin, made 19 saves and stopped Reilly Smith, Patrice Bergeron and Torey Krug in the shootout. Tuukka Rask made 35 saves for Boston, but couldn’t stop Staal.

Patrick Dwyer opened the scoring for Carolina with 33.2 seconds left in the first period. Bergeron tied it for Boston, one-timing a pass from Brad Marchand past Khudobin in the second period.

BLACKHAWKS 5, STARS 4, OT

CHICAGO (AP) - Patrick Sharp scored 1:17 into overtime to give the Chicago Blackhawks a win over Dallas and snap the Stars’ four-game winning streak.

Sharp drove past Jason Spezza down the slot, took Duncan Keith’s feed from the left point and beat Kari Lehtonen with a shot that slipped between the goalie’s body and his blocker.

Chicago’s Brad Richards fooled Lehtonen with an improbable sharp-angle shot with 3:57 left in the third period to tie it at 4 and set up overtime.

Brandon Saad, Patrick Kane and Bryan Bickell scored for the Blackhawks, who came back from four one-goal deficits to win.

Erik Cole had two goals and an assist for the Stars. Jamie Benn and his brother, Jordie, also scored for Dallas.

BLUE JACKETS 4, AVALANCHE 3

DENVER (AP) - David Savard drove in shot from just inside the blue line with 1:01 left in the third period, lifting the Columbus Blue Jackets past the Colorado Avalanche.

Savard, whose turnover early in the game led to a goal for Colorado, was able to get enough on the puck to knock it past Semyon Varlamov for the Blue Jackets’ fifth win in their last six road games.

Brandon Dubinsky scored a pair of goals for the Blue Jackets, and Ryan Johansen and added a goal.

Colorado scored its quickest goal of the season when Jarome Iginla intercepted a wayward pass by Savard in the Blue Jackets’ zone and wristed a shot past Curtis McElhinney 30 seconds into the game.

Gabriel Landeskog and Cody McLeod also had goals for Colorado.

LIGHTNING 4, SENATORS 2

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) - Tyler Johnson had two goals and Nikita Kucherov had two assists to lead the Tampa Bay Lightning past the Ottawa Senators.

The Lightning took a 3-2 lead into the third period and increased that to 4-2 at the 7:58 mark on Johnson’s second goal of the game.

The Lightning also got goals from Victor Hedman, who also had an assist, and Steven Stamkos. Ben Bishop made 20 saves and improved to 6-0-2 against his former team.

Ottawa got a goal and an assist from Kyle Turris, along with another goal from Mark Stone, but had its two-game winning streak end.

DUCKS 4, PREDATORS 3

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - Francois Beauchemin scored the tying goal with 2:17 left in the third period and Ryan Kesler got the deciding goal in the shootout, giving the Anaheim Ducks a victory over the Nashville Predators.

Matt Beleskey and Corey Perry also had goals in regulation for the league-leading Ducks, and Frederik Andersen made 27 saves.

Seth Jones and Craig Smith had power-play goals in the second period and Mattias Ekholm also scored for the Predators. Backup goalie Carter Hutton stopped 30 shots, but remained winless in five starts this season - all on the road.

OILERS 5, ISLANDERS 2

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) - Matt Hendricks scored a pair of goals and the Edmonton Oilers topped the New York Islanders.

Jordan Eberle, Derek Roy and Matt Fraser also scored for the Oilers, who won for just the third time in their last 25 games. Edmonton, however, improved to 2-0-2 in its last four games since interim head coach Todd Nelson took sole possession of the Oilers’ bench, with general manager Craig MacTavish moving back upstairs.

Johnny Boychuk and Brock Nelson scored for the Islanders, whose three-game winning streak ended. New York is 7-2-1 in its last 10.

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