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Capitals keep three streaks alive with victory

WASHINGTON — On the night Alex Ovechkin was honored for his 500th goal, fellow Russian forward Evgeny Kuznetsov had two goals and an assist, and the Capitals beat the Canucks 4-1 Thursday for their fifth straight victory.

Kuznetsov scored his 14th and 15th goals of the season and set up Tom Wilson for one as the Capitals won their 11th straight home game. Washington also got a rare goal from defenseman Karl Alzner and 29 saves from Braden Holtby.

Holtby has gotten the Capitals at least a point in each of his past 22 games and passed Don Beaupre for second in franchise history with his 129th win. Since 2005-06, only one goalie has a longer point streak than Holtby: Jose Theodore, who set the Capitals franchise record in 2009-10 by going 20-0-3, Elias Sports said.

In his return from an eight-game absence with a groin strain, Vancouver's Ryan Miller allowed three goals on 39 shots. Radim Vrbata scored.

Game highlights: Nick Leddy and Brock Nelson scored 2:24 apart in the third period as the host Islanders scored three times in the third for a 3-1 win against the Rangers. The Rangers lost in regulation for the first time in 53 games when leading starting the third period (51-1-1).

Youth rules against Panthers: Flames center Sam Bennett had a first-period hat trick and at 19 became the third-youngest player in NHL history to score four goals in a game as host Calgary beat the Panthers 6-0 late Wednesday to give Florida its first regulation loss in 14 games.

Jack Hamilton (Toronto, 1943-44) and Bobby Carpenter (Washington, 1981-82) are the only players to score four times in a game at age 18, Elias Sports said. Bennett is the first Flames player to score four goals in a game since Jarome Iginla on Feb. 23, 2003, the NHL said. At 19 years and 6 months, he's the youngest Flame to get a hat trick.

Bennett is also the first player to score three goals in the first period of a game since the Lightning's Marty St. Louis on Jan. 18, 2014, in a 5-4 loss to the Sharks, Elias Sports said.

Around the league: The Penguins disputed a report in the New York Post that said the sale of the team has been called off due to a disagreement between owners Mario Lemieux and Ron Burkle on the price. "There is no disagreement between us, and we remain completely aligned in both approach and philosophy," a statement released by the team said. The two put the franchise on the market in June. … Devils forward Jordin Tootoo was fined $2,000 for diving against the Red Wings last week.

at Islanders 0 0 3 3
Rangers 0 1 0 1

First PeriodNone. PenaltiesMcIlrath, NYR (roughing), 4:59; Clutterbuck, NYI (interference), 4:59; Martin, NYI (roughing), 4:59; Moore, NYR (holding), 19:28.

Second Period1, N.Y. Rangers, Staal 2 (Hayes, Kreider), 19:14. PenaltiesNew York bench, served by Tavares (too many men), 2:41; McIlrath, NYR (unsportsmanlike conduct), 19:58; Martin, NYI (unsportsmanlike conduct), 19:58.

Third Period2, N.Y. Islanders, Nelson 18 (Pelech), 1:53. 3, N.Y. Islanders, Leddy 2 (Tavares, Okposo), 4:17 (pp). 4, N.Y. Islanders, Okposo 11, 19:58 (en). PenaltiesMcIlrath, NYR (roughing), 3:23; Okposo, NYI (hooking), 4:46. Shots on GoalN.Y. Rangers 14-13-8—35. N.Y. Islanders 10-12-10—32. Power-play opportunitiesN.Y. Rangers 0 of 3; N.Y. Islanders 1 of 2. GoaliesN.Y. Rangers, Lundqvist 19-12-4 (31 shots-29 saves). N.Y. Islanders, Halak 11-8-3 (35-34).

at Capitals 0 2 2 4
Canucks 0 0 1 1

First PeriodNone. PenaltiesNone.

Second Period1, Washington, Kuznetsov 14 (Orlov), 6:12. 2, Washington, Alzner 3 (Burakovsky, Williams), 12:03. PenaltiesEdler, Van (tripping), 3:59; Vey, Van (high-sticking), 8:20; Edler, Van (embellishment), 8:31; Backstrom, Was (interference), 8:31; Backstrom, Was (hooking), 16:15.

Third Period3, Washington, T.Wilson 4 (Kuznetsov, Burakovsky), 1:37. 4, Vancouver, Vrbata 11 (Horvat, H.Sedin), 11:09 (pp). 5, Washington, Kuznetsov 15, 19:59 (en). PenaltiesJohansson, Was (holding), 9:10; Laich, Was (high-sticking), 9:55. Shots on GoalVancouver 8-14-8—30. Washington 13-15-12—40. Power-play opportunitiesVancouver 1 of 3; Washington 0 of 2. GoaliesVancouver, Miller 10-12-6 (39 shots-36 saves). Washington, Holtby 28-4-2 (30-29).

Capitals keep three streaks alive with victory 01/14/16 [Last modified: Thursday, January 14, 2016 10:20pm]
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