Ovechkin ties Phil Esposito as Capitals defeat slumping Sabres

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BUFFALO, N.Y. — Alex Ovechkin matched Phil Esposito for sixth on the NHL list with his 717th goal, and the Washington Capitals beat the Buffalo Sabres 6-0 on Monday night.

Ovechkin scored in the third period, helping send the Capitals to their fifth straight win with his 1,299th career point — one shy of becoming the 35th player to reach 1,300.

He scored from the slot off a pass from former Sabre Conor Sheary, who found Ovechkin cutting toward the net. Ovechkin snapped a quick shot past Carter Hutton, who was screened.

Vitek Vanecek stopped 23 shots and improved to 4-0-1 against the Sabres. Evgeny Kuznetsov, Nicklas Backstrom, Richard Panik, Daniel Sprong and Garnet Hathaway also scored for Washington.

Hutton made 24 saves for Buffalo, which is 0-9-2 in its past 11 games, the third-longest skid in team history.

PENGUINS 4, BRUINS 1

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Evgeni Malkin scored on a power play for his 1,100th career point, leading Pittsburgh to the victory.

Malkin is the third Russian-born player to reach 1,100 points in the NHL, joining Alex Ovechkin and Sergei Fedorov. Malkin has eight goals on the season and also had an assist while extending his point streak to eight games.

Tristan Jarry made a season-high 42 saves in Pittsburgh's sixth straight win. Sidney Crosby had a goal and two assists, and Jake Guentzel and Evan Rodrigues also scored.

Matt Grzelcyk scored a power-play goal for the Bruins, who have four wins in their last 13 games. Jaroslav Halak made 22 saves in his fourth straight start.

PANTHERS 6, BLACKHAWKS 3

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — Aleksander Barkov scored a tiebreaking short-handed goal in the third period, sending Florida to its fourth consecutive win.

Barkov poked in a loose puck from right in front with 6:34 left. It was the Panthers’ first short-handed goal this season.

Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 26 shots and won his sixth straight start. Gustav Forsling, Carter Verhaeghe and Alex Wennberg each had a goal and an assist. Owen Tippett scored his third goal in four games, and Aaron Ekblad also scored.

Patrick Kane, Philipp Kurashev and Brandon Hagel scored for the Blackhawks, who lost for the fourth time in five games. Kevin Lankinen made 30 saves.

PREDATORS 4, LIGHTNING 1

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Calle Jarnkrok had a short-handed goal and three assists, helping the Predators to the road win.

Pekka Rinne stopped 38 shots and picked up his 14th career assist in Nashville’s first victory against Tampa Bay in six meetings on the season. Mattias Ekholm had a goal and an assist, and Eeli Tolvanen and Viktor Arvidsson also scored.

The Predators won for the second time in the past eight games.

Steven Stamkos scored for Tampa Bay, which lost for the second time on home ice this season in 12 games. Curtis McElhinney fell to 2-3-1 on the season after stopping 22 shots.

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