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Ovechkin's 30th goal is special

WASHINGTON — Alex Ovechkin scored an atypical goal Sunday that put him in elite company. Behind his 30th goal of the season, the Capitals came back to beat the Flyers 3-2 as Ovechkin joined Wayne Gretzky and Mike Gartner as the only players to score at least 30 in each of their first 11 seasons.

Ovechkin deflected Karl Alzner's point shot with his stick in front of goalie Steve Mason to tie the score at 1 in the second after a choppy start for the Capitals. "It was not pretty goal, but it was a really important goal for us," Ovechkin said. "I'll take it."

at Canadiens 0 1 0 0 2
Hurricanes 1 0 0 0 1
Canadiens win shootout 1-0

First1, Car, Skinner 19 (J.Staal), 2:27. PenaltiesPetry, Mon (holding), 12:11.

Second2, Mon, Pacioretty 20 (Markov, Subban), 8:11. PenaltiesWeise, Mon (high-sticking), 5:06; Faulk, Car (tripping), 13:11.

ThirdNone. PensE.Staal, Car (interfere), 14:09.

OTNone. PenaltiesNone. SOCar 0 (Nash NG, Lindholm NG, Rask NG, Skinner NG, E.Staal NG), Mon 1 (Galchenyuk NG, Flynn NG, Pacioretty NG, Eller NG, Andrighetto G). SOGCar 12-10-12-1—35. Mon 14-10-7-3—34. PPsCar 0-2; Mon 0-2. GoaliesCar, Ward 15-11-6 (34 shots-33 saves). Mon, Scrivens 2-4-0 (35-34).

at Islanders 3 4 1 8
Oilers 0 1 0 1

First1, NYI, Boychuk 4 (Leddy, Clutterbuck), 2:57. 2, NYI, Tavares 19 (Strome, Hickey), 9:12. 3, NYI, Kulemin 6 (Nielsen, Okposo), 11:24. PenaltiesReinhart, Edm (high-sticking), 5:23.

Second4, NYI, Okposo 13 (Leddy, Tavares), 2:32 (pp). 5, NYI, Okposo 14 (Nielsen), 6:09. 6, Edm, McDavid 7, 6:50. 7, NYI, Bailey 9 (Lee, Leddy), 9:36. 8, NYI, Clutterbuck 11 (Cizikas), 16:04. PenaltiesMcDavid, Edm (slash), :42; Kassian, Edm (rough), 10:38; Martin, NYI (rough), 10:38; Gryba, Edm (rough), 12:28; Tavares, NYI (slash), 12:28; Kassian, Edm (rough, cross-check, fight), 12:57; Strait, NYI, major (fight), 12:57; Martin, NYI (charge), 12:57.

Third9, NYI, Okposo 15 (Tavares, de Haan), 7:27 (pp). PenaltiesGryba, Edm, major (fight), 2:39; Martin, NYI, major (fight), 2:39; Reinhart, Edm (hook), 6:04; Strait, NYI (interference), 15:01. SOGEdm 7-10-14—31. NYI 16-9-6—31. PPsEdm 0 of 1; NYI 2 of 4. GoaliesEdm, A.Nilsson 10-12-2 (11 shots-7 saves), Talbot (11:24 first, 20-16), Talbot (0:00 second), A.Nilsson 10-12-2 (15:00 second), Talbot (0:00 third). NYI, Greiss 14-6-2 (31-30).

at Capitals 0 2 1 3
Flyers 1 0 1 2

First1, Phi, Del Zotto 4 (Gostisbehere, Cousins), 18:21. PenaltiesAlzner, Was (hooking), 2:18; Alzner, Was (interference), 4:26; White, Phi (slashing), 7:43.

Second2, Was, Ovechkin 30 (Alzner), 15:56. 3, Was, Orlov 5 (Burakovsky, Kuznetsov), 17:05. PenaltiesWhite, Phi (cross-check), 2:47; T.Wilson, Was (interfere), 10:13; Was bench, served by Ovechkin (too many men), 11:20; Niskanen, Was (trip), 18:43.

Third4, Phi, Schultz 1 (Bellemare), :51. 5, Was, Niskanen 3 (Alzner), 5:24. PenaltiesNone. SOGPhi 14-8-13—35. Was 7-14-9—30. PPsPhi 0 of 5; Was 0 of 2. GoaliesPhi, Mason 12-13-7 (30 shots-27 saves). Was, Holtby 33-5-3 (35-33).

Ovechkin's 30th goal is special 02/07/16 [Last modified: Sunday, February 7, 2016 8:50pm]
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