Maple Leafs deal the Capitals 4th loss in 5 games; Ovechkin scores 823rd career goal

Tue, Oct 24, 2023
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Maple Leafs deal the Capitals 4th loss in 5 games; Ovechkin scores 823rd career goal

WASHINGTON (AP) - Auston Matthews scored his seventh goal of the season, Joseph Woll made 36 saves and the Toronto Maple Leafs handed the Washington Capitals their fourth loss in five games, 4-1 on Tuesday night.

Alex Ovechkin scored his first goal this season and 823rd of his NHL career, moving 71 back of Wayne Gretzky's record. Ovechkin had a game-high 14 shots, including a failed penalty shot. Darcy Kuemper allowed four goals on the first 12 shots he faced and 17 overall.

Morgan Rielly, John Tavares and William Nylander also scored for the Maple Leafs, who won for a fourth time in six games.

Rielly's goal was the first by a Maple Leafs defenseman this season and the fifth time the Capitals gave up the first goal of the game. Tavares and Nylander extended their respective season-opening point streaks to six and became the third set of Toronto teammates to do that.

Other news Thomas Harley and Wyatt Johnston's 3rd-period goals help Stars defeat Penguins 4-1 Tyler Toffoli's hat trick powers Devils to a 5-2 victory over the Canadiens Jeff Skinner and Tage Thompson score twice as Sabres pounce on Senators early, hang on for 6-4 win

LIGHTNING 3, HURRICANES 0

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Jonas Johansson made 32 saves, Brayden Point had a goal and an assist, and Tampa Bay sent Carolina to its third straight loss.

Alex Barre-Boulet and Nicholas Paul also scored for Tampa Bay. Johansson is filling in for Andrei Vasilevskiy, who had back surgery last month and is expected back in late November or early December.

Pyotr Kochetkov stopped 20 shots for the Hurricanes, who wrapped up a six-game trip at 2-4.

DEVILS 5, CANADIENS 2

MONTREAL (AP) - Tyler Toffoli had a hat trick against his former team, leading New Jersey past Montreal.

Alexander Holtz and Nico Hischier also scored for New Jersey, and Jack Hughes continued his hot start to the season with four assists. Vitek Vanecek stopped 27 shots.

Hughes, who entered the contest tied for third in the league in scoring, has 14 points in five games.

Justin Barron and Mike Matheson scored for Montreal. Goaltender Cayden Primeau made 29 saves in his first start of the season.

SABRES 6, SENATORS 4

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) - Jeff Skinner and Tage Thompson each scored twice and Buffalo beat Ottawa on a night the Senators honored former star goaltender Craig Anderson, who serves as a hockey liaison for the Sabres.

Zemgus Girgensons and Alex Tuch also added goals for the Sabres. Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen made 34 saves.

Jakob Chychrun, Vladimir Tarasenko, Josh Norris and Mathieu Joseph scored for Ottawa. Starting goalie Anton Forsberg was chased after allowing five goals on 18 shots through two periods. Joonas Korpisalo made five saves in the third.

Senators captain Brady Tkachuk left the game late in the second period appearing to favor his shoulder after a collision with Sabres center Peyton Krebs.

STARS 4, PENGUINS 1

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Thomas Harley and Wyatt Johnston scored in the third period and Dallas beat Pittsburgh.

Trailing by a goal, Dallas countered with four straight scores. Jason Robertson scored for the first time this season and Evgenii Dadonov added a goal before third-period goals from Harley and Johnston.

Jake Oettinger stopped 38 shots for the Stars, who won their third straight. Dallas has won four of its first five games this season.

Penguins defenseman John Ludvig, making his NHL debut, left with an injury at 10:41 of the second period. He was briefly knocked unconscious following a collision at center ice with Stars forward Radek Faksa. Ludvig was eventually helped to his feet and skated from the ice with assistance from teammates Marcus Pettersson and Noel Acciari.

Bryan Rust scored and Alex Nedeljkovic made 31 saves for the Penguins, who lost third third straight and fell for the fourth time in six games this season.

PANTHERS 3, SHARKS 1

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) - Sam Reinhart extended his goal streak to five games, helping Florida keep San Jose winless.

Reinhart, Carter Verhaeghe and Kevin Stenlund scored for the Panthers (3-3-0), who were without captain Aleksander Barkov because of an illness. Anthony Stolarz made 27 saves in his Florida debut.

Fabian Zetterlund scored for the Sharks. Mackenzie Blackwood made 32 saves.

At 0-5-1, San Jose has matched the worst six-game start in franchise history. The Sharks also went 0-5-1 for one point through six games in 1993-94 - part of what became an 0-8-1 start.

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