The Washington Capitals on Saturday night made their first visit to Edmonton since Oct. 28, 2006. They made it worth the trip.
Alexander Ovechkin scored his 22d and 23d goals early in the third period as the Caps came back to beat the Oilers, 4-2.
"I challenged him and started him right off the bat in the third, and he came through," Washington coach Bruce Boudreau said. "The reason he is the best player in the planet is that instead of going, 'Woe is me, why is the coach yelling at me?' he took up the challenge and said, 'I'll show you' and got three points and led us to the victory."
In the first two periods, "we made them feel pretty good about themselves," Ovechkin said. "Then Bruce came into our dressing room and gave us a bad time. But in the third, I feel like I'm on fire."
A goalie's goal
Bakersfield goalie Timo Pielmeier scored an empty-net goal in the Condors' 6-4 East Coast Hockey League victory over the host Utah Grizzlies on Saturday in West Valley City, Utah.
With Utah goalie Parker Van Buskirk off for an extra attacker, Pielmeier fired the puck the length of the ice to score with five seconds left.
Quick on the trigger
Colorado's Chris Stewart scored only 21 seconds into the game, opening a four-goal flurry in the first period that carried the Avalanche to a 5-2 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday night.
- Associated Press