Capitals see off Rangers

Washington’s Ovechkin had a goal in each of the first two periods, and Chimera broke a 2-2 tie 4:41 into the third with his first in 21 games. He made it 4-2 with 12:20 remaining, and Marcus Johansson added an empty-netter while Braden Holtby made 23 saves. ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ??

Washington, which has won four of six, rebounded from Saturday’s home loss to Nashville and beat the Rangers for the first time in three games this season.
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Kevin Hayes and Derick Brassard scored first-period goals for the Rangers, who lost for the second straight day and have dropped three of four. Cam Talbot was back in goal, one day after Henrik Lundqvist returned from a neck injury at Boston, and stopped 26 shots.
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Frans Nielsen’s goal 16 seconds into the second period broke a 3-3 tie and New York Islanders held on to beat Detroit Red Wings for its first home win this month.
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The Islanders came in winless in seven previous home games, last winning at Nassau Coliseum over Calgary on February 27, with only one victory in their last eight contests overall.
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David Pastrnak scored on a nice centering pass from Carl Soderberg at 4:23 of overtime, giving the Boston Bruins a win over the??Carolina Hurricanes.
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The victory put the Bruins three points ahead of Ottawa and four up on Florida in their race for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Ottawa has a game in hand on both of the teams.
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Jaromir Jagr scored two goals and Dan Ellis made 25 saves as the Florida Panthers defeated Ottawa Senators.

The win pulled the Panthers within a point of Ottawa for ninth place in the Eastern Conference.
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In Tennessee, Lance Bouma scored two goals to lead Calgary Flames past Nashville Predators.
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Michael Ferland, Kris Russell, and Jiri Hudler also scored for the Flames, who ended a two-game losing streak.
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John Gibson made 26 saves and the Anaheim Ducks took another step to securing the NHL’s best regular-season record with a victory over the??New Jersey Devils.
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Ryan Kesler and Francois Beauchemin scored for the Ducks, who won their third straight and opened a three-point lead over Nashville and Montreal in the race for the Presidents’ Trophy. Anaheim has four games left in the regular season, one less than Predators and two fewer than the Canadiens.

In Pittsburgh, David Perron and Sidney Crosby scored in the shootout, and Pittsburgh won its second home game in as many days.
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After the Penguins killed off the final 3:52 of overtime while short-handed ??the result of Patric Hornqvist’s high-sticking double-minor ??Perron and Crosby beat the San Jose Sharks backup goalie Alex Stalock to his stick side on Pittsburgh’s first two attempts of the shootout.?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ????
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Jonathan Toews deflected in the winning goal with 31 seconds left in regulation to lead the Chicago Blackhawks past the Winnipeg Jets.
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Toews’ 25th goal of the season came after he redirected Niklas Hjalmarsson’s long shot. Andrew Shaw, Brad Richards and Patrick Sharp also scored for Chicago.
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Dustin Byfuglien scored twice on the power play and Blake Wheeler recorded his fourth short-handed goal of the season for Winnipeg.
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Corey Crawford made 31 saves for the Blackhawks, who ended a two-game losing skid. Ondrej Pavelec stopped 20 shots in the loss, which ended his six-game winning streak. The loss also ended Winnipeg’s four-game winning streak at home.

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