Washington’s Alex Ovechkin celebrates his goal with T.J. Oshie in the second period Thursday night at Washington. Evan Vucci/Associated Press

WASHINGTON — Alex Ovechkin and Evgeny Kuznetsov scored on the power play, Vitek Vanecek stopped all 36 shots he faced and the Washington Capitals snapped a three-game losing streak by beating the Eastern Conference-leading Carolina Hurricanes 4-0 Thursday night.

Ovechkin scored his 33rd goal of the season and his 763rd in the NHL to move three back of Jaromir Jagr for third place on the career list. Amid Russia’s invasion of Ukraine ordered by the president he has long supported, Ovechkin — the face of the hockey franchise in the U.S. capital and a Stanley Cup champion — was serenaded with familiar chants of “Ovi! Ovi!” after his latest goal.

The longtime captain’s goal and another one by countryman Dmitry Orlov late in the third period after a power play expired put an exclamation point on Washington’s first home victory since Jan. 22 and first in regulation since Dec. 29. The Capitals had lost six in a row at home as part of a slump that included defeats in 14 of their first 22 games in 2022.

WILD 5, FLYERS 4: Ryan Hartman had two goals and Jonas Brodin and Matt Boldy scored 25 seconds apart in the third period to lead Minnesota to a win at Philadelphia.

Frederick Gaudreau also scored and Kevin Fiala had a pair of assists for the Wild, who snapped a four-game skid. Cam Talbot made 26 saves.

Scott Laughton had a goal and an assist, and Patrick Brown, Travis Konecny and James van Riemsdyk also scored for Philadelphia. Carter Hart finished with 33 saves. The Flyers have lost 21 of their last 24 games and 5 of 6 on a club-record eight-game homestand.


PANTHERS 3, SENATORS 0: Patric Hornqvist and Ryan Lomberg scored 12 seconds apart in the third period, Sergei Bobrovsky made 18 saves for his 36th career shutout and host Florida snapped a three-game slide.

Mason Marchment had a goal and an assist for the Panthers, and Hornqvist also had an assist.

Anton Forsberg stopped 45 shots for Ottawa, including 37 of the first 38.

PENGUINS 5, LIGHTNING 1: Evgeni Malkin had a goal and two assists, Tristan Jarry made 20 saves and Pittsburgh won at Tampa, Florida.

Tampa Bay Coach Jon Cooper was given a game misconduct for arguing with officials with 53.7 seconds remaining in the second period after the Lightning received an extra minor penalty stemming from a scrum.

Sidney Crosby, Danton Heinen, Brock McGinn and Jake Guentzel had the other Pittsburgh goals as the Penguins improved to 19-6-3 on the road, including wins in eight of their last nine.


Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 35 shots and Pierre-Edouard Bellemare scored for the Lightning, who had a five-game winning streak snapped.

CANUCKS 4, ISLANDERS 3: Nils Hoglander and rookie Vasily Podkolzin scored 45 seconds apart midway through the third period and Thatcher Demko made 24 saves as visiting Vancouver edged New York.

Anthony Beauvillier had put the Islanders ahead 3-2 early in the third, flipping the puck past Demko at 1:49 for his ninth goal after the teams each scored twice in the second period.


OUTDOOR GAME: The Washington Capitals will be the Carolina Hurricanes’ opponent in the NHL’s outdoor Stadium Series game next season.

The game is scheduled to take place Feb. 18, 2023 at NC State’s Carter-Finley Stadium across the parking lot from the Hurricanes’ home arena in Raleigh, North Carolina.

It’s Carolina’s first outdoor game and Washington’s fourth. The Hurricanes were supposed to host an outdoor game in 2021, but that was postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Boston Bruins are set to host the 2023 Winter Classic at Fenway Park, with the Pittsburgh Penguins their expected opponent. Fenway Sports Group bought a majority stake in the Penguins late last year.

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