New York Rangers top table after win over Washington in Wednesday’s NHL action


New York Rangers move top of the Metropolitan Division by beating the Washington Capitals 3-1 on Wednesday night.

Captain Alex Ovechkin scored a league-leading 45th goal for the Capitals but Martin St Louis, Carl Hagelin and JT Miller each scored a goal as Rangers powered home.

Goaltender Cam Talbot made 28 saves, including a spectacular glove grab of a close-in shot from Nicklas Backstrom during a scoreless 5-on-3 chance for the Capitals that lasted 78 seconds.

Toronto’s Tyler Bozak leveled the scores late in regulation and then had the only goal in the shootout to lift the Maples Leafs past the Buffalo Sabres 4-3.

Jonathan Bernier had 30 saves through overtime and then stopped all three shots he faced in the tiebreaker. Brandon Kozun and Leo Komarov also scored in regulation for Toronto. Rookie defenseman Andrew MacWilliam had an assist for his first point in his NHL debut.

In Calgary, Johnny Gaudreau and Matt Stajan each scored two goals, leading Flames to a 6-3 win over the Anaheim Ducks and putting them to within one point of the Vancouver Canucks in second place in the Pacific Division.

Sean Monahan and Jiri Hudler also scored for the Flames, who returned to play at the Scotiabank Saddledome for the first time since a 6-3 loss to the Ducks on Feb. 20. Ryan Getzlaf had two goals for the Ducks and Hampus Lindholm also scored.




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