Capitals get back on track

Dmitry Orlov’s late strike was crucial as the Washington Capitals got back on track against the Minnesota Wild in the NHL on Friday night.

The Capitals, surprisingly beaten by the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday night, put the setback behind them immediately by defeating Minnesota 3-2.

Alex Ovechkin (powerplay) and Brooks Orpik also scored for the NHL’s top side, with Mikko Koivu and Nino Niederreiter replying.

Matt Beleskey scored twice in the Boston Bruins‘ 4-1 win over Carolina. Patrice Bergeron scored for Boston in the first period and Brad Marchand added an empty-net goal in the closing seconds, while Noah Hanifin’s marker was little consolation for the Hurricanes.

Steven Stamkos scored for the fifth successive match and Alex Killorn, Ondrej Palat and Matt Carle were also on target as the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the New Jersey Devils 4-0. Ben Bishop made 21 saves for his third shut-out of the season as the fading Devils lost for a fifth time in six games.

Rickard Rakell’s overtime goal gave the Anaheim Ducks a 2-1 victory over Edmonton – their seventh successive victory. Ryan Getzlaf got their goal in regulation, with Jordan Eberle netting for the Oilers.

Zach Bogosian, Johan Larsson and Evander Kane’s empty netter counted for the Buffalo Sabres in their 3-1 win over the San Jose Sharks, for whom Marc-Edouard Vlasic replied.