- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 1, 2016

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - Connor McDavid scored his second goal in overtime to give the Edmonton Oilers a 2-1 victory over the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday night in an anticipated matchup against another top rookie, Jack Eichel.

Cam Talbot made 31 saves for the Oilers, and Edmonton began a four-game trip with its second straight win.

McDavid and Eichel provided a buzz for this one even though the Oilers and Sabres are both among the NHL’s bottom five teams. McDavid was the first pick in last year’s draft and Eichel went second, and both players are considered potential generational talents.

McDavid scored 22 seconds into the game, then got the winner by blowing past Buffalo’s defense seconds after Eichel spun around a defender and missed just wide with a twirling backhand shot.

Cal O’Reilly scored his first goal of the season for the Sabres.

CAPITALS 3, PENGUINS 2

WASHINGTON (AP) - Matt Niskanen scored the winner during a third-period power play and Washington beat Pittsburgh in an entertaining, back-and-forth showdown that could be a first-round playoff preview.

Mike Richards and Evgeny Kuznetsov also scored for the NHL-leading Capitals, and Braden Holtby made 28 saves while becoming the first goalie in franchise history with consecutive 40-win seasons. His glove stop on Carl Hagelin with 32.8 seconds left preserved the victory.

After losing to defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago on Sunday, Washington bounced right back.

Evgeni Malkin and Patric Hornqvist scored for Pittsburgh, which holds the second wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference. Backup goalie Matt Murray stopped 34 shots.

BLUES 4, SENATORS 3, SO

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) - Patrik Berglund scored the shootout winner in the 11th round, and St. Louis outlasted Ottawa.

Trailing 3-0, the Senators scored three unanswered goals to force overtime, including one by Jean-Gabriel Pageau with less than a second left in the third period.

Ottawa goalie Craig Anderson made 28 saves on 31 shots before leaving the game at the 13:41 mark of the second period. Andrew Hammond stopped 17 shots in relief and made a number of huge saves to keep the Senators in the game.

Ryan Dzingel also scored for Ottawa.

Jaden Schwartz, with a goal and two assists, led the Blues. Dmitrij Jaskin and Vladimir Tarasenko also scored, and Jake Allen stopped 40 shots.

BRUINS 2, FLAMES 1

BOSTON (AP) - Patrice Bergeron scored the tiebreaking goal with 3:24 left to lift Boston over skidding Calgary.

Landon Ferraro also scored and Tuukka Rask stopped 24 shots as the Bruins won for the third time in four games.

Jakub Nakladal’s first career goal was the only score for the Flames, who dropped their sixth straight. Joni Ortio made 23 saves.

HURRICANES 3, DEVILS 1

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - Joakim Nordstrom scored on a rebound with 1:29 remaining and Carolina defeated New Jersey in a game between teams fading from playoff contention.

Derek Ryan, playing his first NHL game at age 29, also scored as the Hurricanes snapped a three-game skid and won for the third time in eight games. Eddie Lack was outstanding in making 29 saves, and Nathan Gerbe scored into an empty net with 21.2 seconds to go.

Adam Henrique scored for New Jersey, which lost its third straight and sixth in seven games.

WILD 6, AVALANCHE 3

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Charlie Coyle and Nino Niederreiter each scored twice to give Minnesota a victory over Colorado and possession of the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.

Coyle scored the game-winner at 5:34 of the third period after Zach Parise knocked down the puck at mid-ice, rushed toward the other end and fed a streaking Coyle, who tapped it into an open net.

Colorado and Minnesota both have 68 points, but the Wild have played one fewer game and are technically ahead in the standings.

Jarome Iginla scored 33 seconds in for Colorado. It was his 19th goal of the season and 608th of his career, tying Dino Ciccarelli for 17th place in NHL history.

Chris Bigras and Cody McLeod also scored for the Avalanche.

Niederreiter set up Jason Pominville for a breakaway goal. Erik Haula also scored in the first period against Semyon Varlamov, who was pulled to start the second.

Devan Dubnyk stopped 30 shots to help Minnesota beat the Avalanche for the seventh time in the last nine meetings.

Coyle and Pominville each added an empty-net goal in the final minute.

PREDATORS 5, STARS 3

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Shea Weber had a goal and two assists in his return from a three-game absence to lead streaking Nashville over Dallas.

Weber has 12 power-play goals this season. He had been out with a lower-body injury.

Craig Smith and James Neal each had a goal and an assist, and Calle Jarnkrok and Mattias Ekholm also scored for the Predators, who have won a season-high five straight. Pekke Rinne made 35 saves

Antoine Roussel had a goal and an assist, and Jason Spezza and Vernon Fiddler also scored for Dallas, which has lost four in a row. Antti Niemi stopped 14 of 18 shots before being relieved by Kari Lehtonen midway through the second.

PANTHERS 3, JETS 2

WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) - Reilly Smith had two goals and Jaromir Jagr scored the winner early in the third period to send Florida past Winnipeg.

Vincent Trocheck assisted on both of Smith’s goals, and the Panthers snapped a first-place tie with Tampa Bay in the Atlantic Division. Roberto Luongo made 30 saves for Florida.

Jagr is two points from tying Gordie Howe (1,850) for third in NHL history.

Dustin Byfuglien and rookie Andrew Copp scored in the second period for Winnipeg, which lost its fifth straight home game.

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