T.J. Oshie celebrates a goal with his Capitals tteammates during Washington’s 4-3 win Sunday against the New Jersey Devils. Nick Wass/Associated Press

WASHINGTON — T.J. Oshie scored twice to end a lengthy drought, Alex Ovechkin had a late power-play goal and the Washington Capitals erased a two-goal deficit to beat the New Jersey Devils 4-3 on Sunday.

Ovechkin scored with 4:04 left, and that turned out to be a necessary insurance goal when Nikita Gusev beat Craig Anderson with 11.9 seconds left. But it was too late for another comeback, and Washington avoided back-to-back losses.

Anderson made 22 saves for his first NHL victory since March 7. Anderson and New Jersey goalie Aaron Dell each hadn’t started an NHL game in more than 11 months.

After the Devils jumped out to a 2-0 lead, Oshie stared the comeback by scoring on a deflection on the power play in the second period. That ended a nine-game goal drought and Dell’s shutout bid on Washington’s 23rd shot of the game.

John Carlson tied it midway through the third period, and Oshie beat Dell again on a power play with 8:07 left to put the Capitals ahead. Ovechkin made Washington 3 of 4 on the power play, scoring just his second goal on the man advantage this season.

Dell stopped 37 shots in his first NHL action since March 2020, but it wasn’t enough to keep the Devils from losing a second game in a row. New Jersey got goals from Andreas Johnsson and 2019 No. 1 pick Jack Hughes.


SENATORS 3, CANADIENS 2: Brady Tkachuk scored at 3:30 of overtime to give Ottawa a victory at home against Montreal.

Drake Batherson and Josh Norris also scored, and Matt Murray made 30 saves. The Senators are last in the NHL at 5-14-1.

Corey Perry and Nick Suzuki scored for Montreal, with Perry tying it at 2 with 5:35 left in the third period.


AVALANCHE 3, GOLDEN KNIGHTS 2: Nathan MacKinnon scored a dazzling goal more than nine hours after assisting on another to highlight a most unusual and lengthy outdoor game at Lake Tahoe that Colorado won against Vegas.

The game started in bright sunshine that led to a delay of more than eight hours after the first period because of poor ice conditions. It ended in the dark, 10 hours and 37 minutes later.


The Avalanche got the victory thanks in large part to MacKinnon, who assisted on Samuel Girard’s first-period goal and scored his own in the second.

MacKinnon’s highlight-reel play started with a back check that forced a turnover by Mark Stone in Colorado’s zone. MacKinnon then took possession and rushed up ice, eluding Stone in the neutral zone and then taking on Alex Pietrangelo before beating Marc-Andre Fleury for the goal that gave Colorado a 2-1 lead.

While the setting was perfect, on the 18th fairway of a golf course on the shores of Lake Tahoe and surrounded by trees with snow-covered mountains towering in the background, the conditions weren’t quite the same. Bright sun created slushy ice that led to several falls by players and officials, causing officials to halt the game after the first period and wait until the sun went down and the ice surface could be repaired to finish the game.

“We’ve done over 30 (outdoor) games and we’ve never had a problem quite like this,” Commissioner Gary Bettman told broadcaster NBC. “We’ve played in some rain, we’ve played in snow, but sunshine has always been our enemy.”


DUCKS: Anaheim recalled top prospect Trevor Zegras from its AHL affiliate in San Diego, setting the stage for the 19-year-old forward’s much-anticipated NHL debut.

Zegras had four goals and five assists in eight games for San Diego, getting off to a blazing start with his first professional team. A few weeks before joining the Gulls, Zegras was named the MVP of the World Junior Championships, racking up seven goals and 11 assists while leading the U.S. team to the gold medal.

Zegras was the ninth overall pick in the 2019 draft, and Ducks fans have clamored for the New York native’s debut since he signed a professional contract last year after playing for Boston University during the 2019-20 season.

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