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Ovechkin's 4 points lift Caps by Canucks

Washington Capitals' Alex Ovechkin, of Russia, from left to right, T.J. Oshie, Evgeny Kuznetsov, of Russia, and John Carlson celebrate Kuznetsov's goal against the Vancouver Canucks during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, British Columbia, Monday Oct. 22, 2018. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) Travis Green thinks the Vancouver Canucks can learn a thing or two from how the Washington Capitals played against them Monday night.

Vancouver's head coach said the Capitals came out fast and strong in the 5-2 win, showcasing highly skilled athletes who consistently make plays.

"They don't just go out there and just play summer hockey. They play the game the right way," Green said. "These are valuable experiences and lessons for our players, our young players especially."


Rantanen's 2 goals lead Avs over Flyers

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Nathan MacKinnon, Mikko Rantanen and Gabriel Landeskog are the top line in Colorado - and right now, the NHL.

Rantanen had two goals, Matt Nieto and Landeskog also scored, and the Colorado Avalanche beat the Philadelphia Flyers 4-1 on Monday night.


Jets rally late to down Blues in OT

WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) The Winnipeg Jets didn't get down about a two-goal deficit Monday night.

Bryan Little tied it late in the third period and Jacob Trouba scored in overtime to help the Jets beat the St. Louis Blues 5-4.


Hurricanes hold off Wings, end skid at 3

DETROIT (AP) The Carolina Hurricanes dominated Detroit through most of the game, but needed a timely block by defenseman Justin Faulk to beat the Red Wings and snap a three-game losing streak.

Faulk, who also scored a goal, made a crucial short-handed block on a shot by Detroit's Andreas Athanasiou with less than five minutes left and Carolina leading 2-1. Goaltender Petr Mrazek was down and out after making a big save on Frans Nielsen when Athanasiou appeared to have an empty net and a chance to tie the game.


Predators leading NHL, having fun

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Nashville coach Peter Laviolette pulled out a bull's head to lighten the grind of the 82-game NHL regular season and challenge the Predators to get a couple of road wins.

Win both games in western Canada, and Laviolette would put on the bull's head while talking to reporters.


Devils place D Lovejoy, F Stafford on IR

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) The New Jersey Devils have placed defenseman Ben Lovejoy and forward Drew Stafford on injured reserve.

The team announced the moves on Tuesday, while recalling defenseman Eric Gryba and forward John Quenneville from Binghamton (AHL).


Blackhawks assign G Forsberg to Rockford

CHICAGO (AP) Blackhawks goaltender Anton Forsberg has been assigned to Rockford of the American Hockey League after clearing waivers.

The Blackhawks had been playing with three goaltenders on their roster since Corey Crawford was activated Thursday. Crawford missed the first part of the season after suffering a concussion last year.


Lightning rip 'Hawks behind 33-shot 2nd

CHICAGO (AP) The Tampa Bay Lightning sure lived up to their name - and reputation as one of the NHL's quickest teams.

Brayden Point had a goal and two assists and the Lightning peppered the Chicago Blackhawks with 33 shots in a three-goal second period in a 6-3 victory Sunday night.


Sabres score 4 unanswered to down Ducks

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) The Buffalo Sabres' West Coast trip was in danger of slipping off the rails before they got right back on track with a Southern California sweep.

Rasmus Ristolainen scored a tiebreaking power-play goal early in the third period, and the Sabres rallied from a two-goal deficit for a 4-2 victory over the Anaheim Ducks on Sunday night.


Gaudreau, Rittich lead Flames by Rangers

NEW YORK (AP) The Calgary Flames have had trouble winning in New York in recent seasons. Opportunistic scoring and stellar goaltending changed that on this trip.

Johnny Gaudreau and Garnet Hathaway each scored twice and backup goalie David Rittich made 44 saves as the Flames snapped a six-game losing streak at Madison Square Garden with a 4-1 victory over the Rangers on Sunday night.

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