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Washington can´t shake the Devils

22 February 2013 06:35

The New Jersey Devils overcame a deficit twice to run over the Washington Capitals 3-2 in NHL on Thursday.

The Atlantic division leaders went two points clear ahead of the Pittsburgh Penguins, after two third-period goals saw the Devils out of a 2-1 hole at the Verizon Center to end their two-match losing streak.

Patrik Elias, Andrei Loktionov and Ilya Kovalchuk were all on target for New Jersey, as they won their 10th match - in regulation - of the campaign.

New Jersey's divisional rivals the New York Islanders ended the Montreal Canadiens' winning run with a 4-3 overtime win in Canada.

The Canadiens had won five on the trot heading into the clash, while the Islanders had lost seven of their past nine, but a Thomas Hickey wrist shot in OT completed a stirring comeback for the visitors who had trailed 3-1 during the second period.

The win was not enough to see the Islanders climb off bottom in Atlantic, while Montreal stayed top of Northeast division.

The Boston Bruins did cut Montreal's buffer at the top to just two points, however, as they defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-2.

Nathan Horton goals bookended the contest for the Bruins, who made it back to back wins.

Also in Northeast, the Ottawa Senators continued their hot streak with a 3-2 shootout triumph over the New York Rangers.

The Senators looked to be cruising towards a 1-0 win via an early goal to Jakob Silfverberg, but the Rangers would strike twice within 60 seconds in the third period to take the lead.

But Ottawa forced an extra period, which went goalless, before Kaspars Daugavins scored the decisive goal in the sudden-death finale for their third win in succession.

In other results, the Columbus Blue Jackets earned a rare win when they came from two goals down to beat the Detroit Red Wings 3-2.

The Winnipeg Jets edged a seven-goal thriller over the Carolina Hurricanes 4-3, with the third period featuring five of those goals.

The Florida Panthers were comfortable 5-2 winners over the Philadelphia Flyers, and the Toronto Maple Leafs had a 3-1 triumph over the Buffalo Sabres.

The Vancouver Canucks beat the Dallas Stars 4-3, and the Minnesota Wild edged the Edmonton Oilers 3-1.



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