WASHINGTON - With Alex Ovechkin on one side and Jaromir Jagr on the other, no one expected Mike Green and Joe Motzko to steal the show.
But Green scored 3 minutes, 41 seconds into overtime after posting two assists in regulation time, Motzko had his first two goals of the season, and the Washington Capitals edged the New York Rangers last night, 5-4.
The winning goal came after New York's Brendan Shanahan stumbled and fell in the Capitals' zone, allowing Brooks Laich to steal the puck and head the other way on an odd-man rush.
Laich passed to Green, and the defenseman put the puck past goalie Henrik Lundqvist.
The blunder ruined a good night for Shanahan, who had a goal and two assists. Martin Straka scored twice for New York, and Jagr had an assist.
Despite the defeat, New York moved into a tie with New Jersey atop the Atlantic Division.
Senators 6, Hurricanes 0
RALEIGH, N.C. - Dany Heatley had two goals and an assist, propelling Ottawa past Carolina.
Ray Emery and Martin Gerber teamed to post Ottawa's second shutout of the season.
Emery stopped the only shot he faced before leaving because of soreness in his right hip. He was replaced by Gerber, a former Hurricane who stopped 31 shots.
Bruins 5, Thrashers 3
ATLANTA - Milan Lucic broke a 3-3 tie by scoring off a rebound with 3:47 remaining, leading Boston past Atlanta.
Marc Savard added an open-net goal.
Mark Recchi, claimed offf waivers, scored twice in his first game with Atlanta, and Ilya Kovalchuk had his league-leading 24th goal.
Sabres 5, Islanders 3
BUFFALO - Ales Kotalik had a goal and assist, Ryan Miller made 28 saves, and Buffalo scored three goals in the second period to beat New York.
Blue Jackets 4, Avalanche 1
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Fredrik Norrena stopped 15 shots, and Columbus relied on its defense to beat Colorado. Kris Beech, Jared Boll, Manny Malhotra and Sergei Fedorov scored for the Blue Jackets.
Blackhawks 6, Kings 3
CHICAGO - Martin Havlat scored twice, and Patrick Sharp and rookie Jonathan Toews each had a goal and two assists to help Chicago end a four-game losing streak by routing Los Angeles.
Pens lose Fleury and Talbot.
Goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury, unbeaten in the last three weeks, has a badly sprained ankle that will keep him out of Pittsburgh's lineup for up to two months.
Forward Maxime Talbot has a similar injury and may be out for a month.
Iron man streak ends.
Brendan Morrison's 542-game playing streak, the longest current run in the NHL, ended last night when the Vancouver center was forced out of the lineup against Anaheim by a wrist injury that will require surgery.
He will be out indefinitely.