Golden Knights 6, Ducks 5 (OT): In Anaheim, California, William Karlsson got his third career hat trick, Shea Theodore scored in overtime and Vegas extended its winning streak to a season-high six games.
Super star scorer Alexander Ovechkin ended up being simply the 8th gamer in National Hockey League history to reach the 700-goal milestone Saturday when he scored the game- connecting goal in the team's matinee versus the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential.
Capitals players rushed onto the ice to congratulate their teammate, who drew a strong ovation from the crowd.
The goal was Ovechkin's 42nd of the campaign, which put him one shy of season co-leaders Auston Matthews of Toronto and David Pastrnak of Boston.
Ovechkin did score once in the first period, giving him 699, but the Canadiens shut the Great 8 out after that, while getting goals two goals from Ben Chiarot - including the OT victor - along with singles from Shea Weber and Brendan Gallagher. The Washington Capitals have allowed three or more goals in nine of their last 12 games.
Today's action begins early, with a 12 p.m. ET showdown between the two teams tied atop the Metropolitan Division, the Pittsburgh Penguins (+120) and the Washington Capitals (-140). Despite Crosby's eighth goal in 16 games since returning from injury, his frustration was visible in the third period when he snapped his stick on the bench.
Good thing Simmer tapped this one in. He has lost his only previous start versus Montreal, allowing two goals on 25 shots in a 2-1 overtime defeat for Ottawa back on January 11. Shortly after Simmonds goal, Tom Wilson found the back of the net for the Capitals to cut the lead to 2-1.
Ovechkin set a Capitals' franchise record for most goals in a single postseason with this one-time shot on the power play. Ilya Samsonov made 26 saves as Washington lost its fourth straight. We also know it's only a matter of time before the Caps get out of this funk and starting piling up the points again.
Sabres 5, Penguins 2: Jack Eichel scored twice as visiting Buffalo dealt Pittsburgh its second blowout in three days.
Over is 3-0-1 in Penguins last 4 Sunday games and 7-1-1 in Capitals last 9 vs. Recent trade acquisition Brenden Dillon got his first taste Sunday and personified his new team's pushback by going after and fighting Malkin at the end of the first period.
Weber tied it 1-1 at 17:43 of the first period on a point blast for his 14th goal of the season.
Devils: At Detroit on Tuesday night to open a five-game trip.