WASHINGTON — Alex Ovechkin ended the longest goal-scoring drought of his career as the Capitals held on to beat the Wild 4-2 Tuesday night and snap a season-worst four-game losing streak.
Ovechkin hadn't scored in 10 games or had an even-strength goal in 18 before firing a one-timer by league save percentage leader Devan Dubnyk in the second period. Ovechkin's 28th goal of the season came one second after a power play expired.
"It was not a perfect shot, but sometimes I had pretty good opportunities before and it didn't go in,'' Ovechkin said. "It's (going to) turn around very quickly if I'm going to get that kind of goal."
Nate Schmidt, Evgeny Kuznetsov and Jay Beagle also scored for the NHL-leading Capitals, who recaptured sole possession of first in the Metropolitan Division.
Goaltender Braden Holtby stopped 32 of the 34 shots he faced as the Capitals won for the first time since March 4.
GAME HIGHLIGHTS: John Tavares scored 34 seconds into overtime, and the visiting Islanders beat the Hurricanes 3-2. Joshua Ho-Sang and Jason Chimera scored in the final 1:05 of the second period to help New York erase a 2-0 deficit. … Patrick Kane had a goal and two assists and Corey Crawford made 40 saves and the visiting Blackhawks beat the Canadiens 4-2 to jump past Minnesota and lead the Central Division with 93 points. Carey Price became the third Montreal goaltender to play 500 games, joining Jacques Plante (556) and Patrick Roy (551).