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Ovechkin scores 650th as Caps top Leafs

Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8) celebrates his goal with teammate T.J. Oshie (77) during second-period NHL hockey game action against the Toronto Maple Leafs in Toronto, Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)

TORONTO (AP) Alex Ovechkin scored the 650th goal of his career and Braden Holtby made 40 saves as the Washington Capitals defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs 3-2 on Thursday night.

Tom Wilson had a goal and an assist, and Brett Connolly also scored for Washington, which won consecutive games for the first time in two weeks. Lars Eller added two assists.

Andreas Johnsson and John Tavares scored for Toronto. Frederik Andersen made 25 stops.


Sharks start fast in 4-0 win over Pens

PITTSBURGH (AP) Tomas Hertl scored a pair of first-period power-play goals, Martin Jones stopped 26 shots and the San Jose Sharks took advantage of sloppy play by the Pittsburgh Penguins in a 4-0 victory Thursday night.

Brent Burns picked up his 12th of the season, and Evander Kane added a short-handed goal for the Sharks, who beat Casey DeSmith three times in the opening 14 minutes and kept the Penguins in check the rest of the way to sweep the season series from the team that edged them in six games in the 2016 Stanley Cup Final.


Blues look to extend record 11-game run

Break up the Blues.

St. Louis carries a franchise-record 11 game winning streak into Dallas on Thursday to play the suddenly sliding Stars.


Wild beat Rangers to end 5-game skid

NEW YORK (AP) Zach Parise had a goal and an assist, and the Minnesota Wild ended a five-game skid with a 4-1 win over the New York Rangers on Thursday night.

Mikael Granlund and Jared Spurgeon also scored and Jordan Greenway added an empty-netter. Devan Dubnyk made 33 saves for the Wild, who earned their first victory since Feb. 9 at New Jersey.


Caps get veteran F Hagelin from Kings

The defending Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals got faster ahead of the NHL trade deadline by acquiring speedy winger Carl Hagelin from the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday.

Washington sent a 2019 third-round pick and a conditional 2020 sixth-round pick to Los Angeles.


Devils' Schneider blanks depleted Sens

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) Cory Schneider made 30 saves in posting his first shutout since November 2017 and New Jersey Devils beat the undermanned Ottawa Senators 4-0 on Thursday night in a game in which both teams gave indications they were getting ready to make trades in the next few days.

Travis Zajac, Steven Santini, Kurtis Gabriel and Miles Wood scored for the Devils, who won for the third time in four games.


Kane nets 2, point streak hits 19 in win

DETROIT (AP) There was plenty of space for Erik Gustafsson to shoot the puck himself, but with Patrick Kane alone to the right of the net, his decision was obvious.

"He's a pretty good goal scorer, so I gave it to him," Gustafsson said.


Bruins top Vegas in SO, win 7th straight

LAS VEGAS (AP) David Backes didn't know what to think when Boston Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy called his number in the sixth round of a shootout Wednesday night against the Vegas Golden Knights.

So, he didn't.


Bruins get Coyle from Wild for Donato

The Boston Bruins acquired center Charlie Coyle from the Minnesota Wild on Wednesday night for center Ryan Donato and a conditional fifth-round pick that would become a fourth-round choice if the Bruins win a playoff round.

Coyle represents a significant forward upgrade for Boston, which has won six in a row to move into second place in the Atlantic Division.


Flames net 2 in 29 seconds to beat Isles

CALGARY, Alberta (AP) Johnny Gaudreau's scoring drought is over.

Gaudreau's first goal in 10 games and 30th of the season was one of two third-period scores for the Calgary Flames in a 4-2 victory over the New York Islanders on Wednesday.