WASHINGTON — Dmitry Orlov scored with 5:04 remaining after Alex Ovechkin got a tying goal earlier in the period to help the league-leading Capitals rally for a 3-2 win over the Wild on Friday.
Ovechkin got his league-leading 40th goal 4:35 into the third on a power play. This is the sixth time Ovechkin has been the league's first to 40 goals. The only others to accomplish that as much are Bobby Hull and Lightning founder Phil Esposito. Also, Ovechkin became the 10th player with at least eight 40-goal seasons. Wayne Gretzky leads with 12.
Chicago adds more: The defending Stanley Cup champion Blackhawks traded for a second straight day, acquiring forwards Dale Weise and Tomas Fleischmann from the Canadiens for forward prospect Philip Danault and a 2018 second-round draft pick, and swapping with the Kings veteran defensemen who had been sent to the AHL, getting Christian Ehrhoff for Rob Scuderi.
Hall of Famer Bathgate dies: Hall of Fame wing Andy Bathgate, one of the most prolific scorers of his day, died at 83 in Brampton, Ontario. The cause was complications of Parkinson's disease and Alzheimer's disease, his wife, Merle, said. A dynamic shooter and playmaker, Bathgate was the NHL's MVP for the 1958-59 season, when he scored 40 goals and had 88 points for the Rangers. When he was dealt to Toronto in 1964 in one of the biggest trades in NHL history, Bathgate held every major Rangers scoring record. He won his only Stanley Cup with Toronto in 1964. He also played for Detroit and Pittsburgh. He scored the first goal in Penguins history.
First Period—1, Minnesota, Koivu 13 (Suter, Pominville), 19:18 (pp). Penalties—Orpik, Was (holding stick), 5:54; Niskanen, Was (roughing), 12:50; T.Wilson, Was (tripping), 17:44.
Second Period—2, Washington, Orpik 3 (Nic.Backstrom, Ovechkin), :49. 3, Minnesota, Niederreiter 12 (Suter, Pominville), 5:05. Penalties—None.
Third Period—4, Washington, Ovechkin 40 (Niskanen, Nic.Backstrom), 4:35 (pp). 5, Washington, Orlov 7 (Burakovsky, Kuznetsov), 14:56. Penalties—Kuemper, Min, served by Niederreiter (delay of game), 4:06. Shots on Goal—Minnesota 12-10-10—32. Washington 3-13-11—27. Power-play opportunities—Minnesota 1 of 3; Washington 1 of 1. Goalies—Minnesota, Kuemper 6-4-5 (27 shots-24 saves). Washington, Holtby 39-6-3 (32-30).
First Period—1, Boston, Bergeron 23 (Connolly), 10:26. 2, Boston, Beleskey 12 (Krug), 12:38. Penalties—Seidenberg, Bos (interference), 13:39; Hainsey, Car (tripping), 18:58; Spooner, Bos (embellishment), 19:37; Nash, Car (tripping), 19:37.
Second Period—None. Penalties—None.
Third Period—3, Carolina, Hanifin 3 (Nash, Lindholm), 3:00 (pp). 4, Boston, Beleskey 13 (Spooner), 6:24. 5, Boston, Marchand 32 (Bergeron, McQuaid), 19:46 (en). Penalties—Pastrnak, Bos (holding), 1:22; Rinaldo, Bos (interference), 7:57. Shots on Goal—Boston 11-6-5—22. Carolina 12-10-18—40. Power-play opportunities—Boston 0 of 1; Carolina 1 of 3. Goalies—Boston, T.Rask 24-17-5 (40 shots-39 saves). Carolina, Ward 18-14-7 (21-18).