Tuesday, July 29, 2014
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Ovechkin's 40th goal powers Caps past Jets

Capitals right wing Alex Ovechkin  looks to pass as Winnipeg´s Tobias Enstrom closes in. (Alex Brandon/AP)
Capitals right wing Alex Ovechkin looks to pass as Winnipeg's Tobias Enstrom closes in. (Alex Brandon/AP)
After getting an Olympic send-off from Secretary of State John Kerry, Alex Ovechkin scored his NHL-leading 40th goal with 12 minutes, 14 seconds remaining Thursday night as the Capitals rallied from a third-period deficit for a 4-2 win over the Jets.

Ovechkin put the Capitals ahead by lifting the puck over a pile of bodies in the crease, following up after Nicklas Backstrom had taken two whacks at a rebound before sliding into goaltender Ondrej Pavelec.

Troy Brouwer scored twice, Tom Wilson had a goal, and Braden Holtby made 34 saves for the Capitals, who are trying to generate at least a modicum of momentum headed into the Olympic break. Washington had dropped 10 of its previous 13, including a 1-0 shutout loss to the Islanders on Tuesday.

Oilers 2, Rangers 1 - Nail Yakupov scored with 1:38 left in regulation to give visiting Edmonton the win. Ryan Smyth also scored for Edmonton, which is 5-5 in its last 10. Ben Scrivens made 35 saves. New York's season-high four-game winning streak came to an end.

Flames 4, Islanders 2 - Matt Stajan scored the tiebreaking goal late in the third period, and rookie Reto Berra made 28 saves as visiting Calgary won. Stajan banked the puck off Islanders goalie Evgeni Nabokov from a sharp angle at 14:28 to lift the Flames to their sixth victory in seven games and their first at Nassau Coliseum since 2004. It was the 10th goal of the season for Stajan.

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