OTTAWA - Alexander Ovechkin had four goals and an assist to lead the Washington Capitals to an 8-6 win over the Ottawa Senators last night.
The Russian star, who needed stitches to close a left leg cut one night earlier, scored a power-play goal 4 minutes, 45 seconds in to put Washington up 2-0. He added his second of the game early in the second before completing his first hat trick of the season in the third.
Blue Jackets 4, Hurricanes 1
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Nikolai Zherdev scored two spectacular goals and had a career-best four points to help Columbus beat Carolina.
Scoreless early in the second period, Zherdev circled behind his net to gather a full head of steam for the coast-to-coast rush.
Late in the second, Rick Nash chipped a long backhand pass from his zone to send Zherdev on a breakaway behind defenseman Mike Commodore. Zherdev faked forehand, then beat Ward with a high, backhand shot that sent the water bottle in the air at 14:02.
Penguins 2, Sabres 0
PITTSBURGH - Ty Conklin, in the minors a month ago, won his fourth in a row and Sidney Crosby set up both Pittsburgh goals to help the Penguins blank Buffalo.
The victory came at a cost: Gary Roberts, the Penguins' 41-year-old forward, broke his left leg after becoming tangled with Buffalo's Tim Connolly in the left circle midway through the second period and both went to the ice awkwardly. The Penguins are uncertain how long Roberts will be out.
Islanders 5, Devils 2
UNIONDALE, N.Y. - Andy Sutton scored his first goal of the season with 8:17 left to lead New York to its fourth win of the season against New Jersey, snapping the Devils' three-game winning streak.
Kings 3, Avalanche 1
DENVER - Derek Armstrong and Scott Thornton scored goals 1:17 apart in the third period and Los Angeles broke an eight-game losing streak with a win against Colorado.
Rangers 6, Maple Leafs 1
TORONTO - Petr Prucha powered the suddenly potent New York power play, scoring two of the Rangers' season-high, five man-advantage goals in a win over Toronto.
Darcy Tucker ended backup goalie Steve Valiquette's shutout bid with 11:40 left.
Sharks 5, Predators 2
NASHVILLE - Matthew Carle and Steve Bernier each had a goal and an assist to help San Jose beat Nashville for its franchise-record ninth straight road game.
Thrashers 5, Bruins 0
ATLANTA - Slava Kozlov, Bobby Holik and Pascal Dupuis scored in a three-goal first period and Kari Lehtonen earned his second shutout in Atlanta's win over Boston.
Wild 5, Oilers 4
ST. PAUL, Minn. - Petteri Nummelin capped a Minnesota comeback from three goals down by scoring on an overtime power play to send the Wild to a win over Edmonton.
Red Wings 4, Coyotes 2
GLENDALE, Ariz. - Pavel Datsyuk scored with just over four minutes remaining in the third period to break a tie and help Detroit to a win over Phoenix.
Stars 5, Blues 4
DALLAS - Mike Modano had the lone goal in a shoot-out, and Dallas overcame Paul Kariya's three third-period goals to beat St. Louis.
Flames 5, Ducks 3