COLUMBUS, Ohio — Nicklas Backstrom scored the winning goal with 43 seconds left, Braden Holtby made 37 saves and the Washington Capitals beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-2 on Tuesday night.

Brandon Dubinsky tied the score for Columbus late in the third period and the game appeared headed to overtime before Backstrom jumped on a pass from T.J. Oshie and beat Sergei Bobrovsky for his 200th career goal.

John Carlson and Tom Wilson also scored as the Capitals rallied to break a two-game skid and hang onto first place in the Metropolitan Division.

Bobrovsky had 22 saves for the Blue Jackets, who have lost four in a row and nine of 11. They’re still in playoff contention, but so are all the teams in the division.

Washington (31-17-5) won the first leg of a home-and-home this week with Columbus (27-22-4).

David Savard got his fourth goal of the season 1:58 into the game with a rocket from the high slot that beat Holtby.

PENGUINS 5 GOLDEN KNIGHTS 4: Third-period goals by Evgeni Malkin and Phil Kessel ruined former teammate Marc-Andre Fleury’s homecoming as Pittsburgh defeated th Vegas.

Fleury, who won three Stanley Cups with the Penguins – including the last two seasons – returned to Pittsburgh for the first time since Vegas selected him in the expansion draft last summer. Fleury, who stopped 33 shots, beat his former teammates in December in Las Vegas.

FLYERS 2, HURRICANES 1: Jordan Weal scored with 3.1 seconds left in overtime and Philadelphia beat host Carolina.

Wayne Simmonds also scored to help the Flyers snap a four-game losing streak and earn two important points in the crowded Metropolitan Division and Eastern Conference races.

Elias Lindholm scored a power-play goal for the Hurricanes, who have lost three in a row to fall to 2-3 on an eight-game homestand.

Brian Elliott, making his first start since missing four games with a lower-body injury, stopped 27 shots for the Flyers, who had gone 0-3-1 in a four-game stretch that followed a run of eight wins in nine games.

Cam Ward made 28 saves for Carolina, which had a great chance to win it in the final minute of OT when Jordan Staal couldn’t score into an open net and Claude Giroux laid out to block Jeff Skinner’s follow-up attempt.

Weal then ended it by snapping a shot from the circle past Ward.

Carolina’s defeat came two days after a 3-1 loss to San Jose that was punctuated by coach Bill Peters calling out his players for their “disappointing effort” and promising lineup changes. The only changes to the active roster: Forward Phil Di Giuseppe and defenseman Klas Dahlbeck were in, and forward Marcus Kruger and defenseman Haydn Fleury were scratched.

Lindholm put Carolina up 1-0 when he scored with 4:55 left in the first, with Nolan Patrick serving a double-minor for high-sticking. Lindholm parked in front of Elliott, took a feed from Teuvo Teravainen and stuffed in his rebound. Simmonds tied it with 3:17 remaining in the second when he muscled in a rebound from point-blank range.

This was the first meeting of the season between the division rivals, who will play three times in the final five weeks.

Lindholm’s goal was his first in eight games.

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