Capitals pull clear; Sharks attack

Marcus Johansson scored a goal and added two assists as the NHL-leading Washington Capitals extended their winning streak to four games with a 5-3 win over Nashville Predators.

Jsaon Chimera, Tom Wilson, Justin Williams and Alexander Ovechkin also found the net for the Capitals, who now lead Chicago Blackhawks by six points.

The Blackhawks saw that gap at the top of the standings extend after going down 2-0 to San Jose Sharks.

Patrick Marleau and Joe Thornton scored for the Sharks, with Martin Jones making 33 saves for his fifth shutout of the season.

Dallas Stars closed to within three points of Chicago after John Klingberg’s overtime winner gave them a 4-3 triumph over Minnesota Wild.

Reilly Smith scored twice to take his season tally to 18 as Florida Panthers won 7-4 at Buffalo Sabres.

Mark Scheifele scored the only goal of the shootout in the fourth round to earn Winnipeg Jets a 2-1 win over St. Louis Blues.

Nine different players were on target to lead Los Angeles Kings to a 9-2 rout of Boston Bruins and Cal Clutterbuck’s shootout winner gave New York Islanders a 3-2 victory over Columbus Blue Jackets.

Tomas Plekanec scored twice in Montreal Canadiens’ 4-2 victory over Tampa Bay Lightning while Reid Boucher scored the winner in a 2-1 win over Edmonton Oilers for New Jersey on the night the Devils retired former goaltender Martin Brodeur’s number 30 jersey.

Ricard Rakell’s two goals helped Anaheim Ducks to a 4-1 win over Philadelphia Flyers and Matt Bartowski, Sven Baertschi and Bo Horvat scored the goals as Vancouver Canucks beat Colorado Avalanche 3-1.

Markus Granlund, Mikael Backlund, Michael Ferland and Dougie Hamilton were on target as Calgary Flames got the better of Canadian rivals Toronto Maple Leafs 4-3.

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