Unlikely hero Carey helps Capitals beat Devils


A day after being called up from the minor leagues, Paul Carey got the Washington Capitals to overtime with his first NHL goal.

T.J. Oshie and Alex Ovechkin took over from there.

Oshie and Ovechkin scored in the shootout, and the NHL-leading Capitals continued to roll, rallying for a 3-2 victory over the pesky New Jersey Devils 3-2 on Saturday.

The roll would not have continued without Carey. The 27-year-old who was playing in his 25th NHL game made the biggest play for the Capitals, deflecting a Matt Niskanen pass past Cory Schneider with 5:53 left in regulation.

“It’s great,” said Carey, who was appearing in his third game with Washington this season. “You always envision the goals being ones, and to tie it up in the third period is a great feeling and to help the team out on a call-up makes it even better.”

On the goal, Brooks Laich passed the puck from behind the net to Matt Niskanen in the left circle. Carey deflected his centering pass past Devils goaltender Cory Schneider.

It capped a long day for Carey. He and fellow call-up Connor Carrick drove from Hershey, Pennsylvania, (AHL) to Washington on Friday and then boarded the team plane to the New York metropolitan area.

“I don’t think most guys knew it was his first NHL goal,” said Washington goaltender Braden Holtby, who had 22 saves. “That’s pretty exciting for him. That’s a big goal at a big time in the game.”

The Caps never trailed in the shootout.

Oshie beat Schneider between the pads on Washington’s first shootout attempt. Reid Boucher beat Holtby on the Devils’ third chance. Ovechkin then won it with a backhander.

The Devils are now 2-6 in the shootout this season and have lost five in a row.

“We haven’t been successful, but it’s not something you think about and dwell on,” said Schneider, who had 28 saves.

Bruins 2, Sabres 1 (OT)

In Boston, Brad Marchand scored on a penalty shot midway through overtime to lift the Bruins over Buffalo.

Penguins 3, Panthers 2 (OT)

In Sunrise, Florida, Kris Letang scored two goals, including the winner on a power play in overtime.

Sidney Crosby had a goal and two assists for Pittsburgh, and Jeff Zatkoff made 40 saves.

Red Wings 5, Islanders 1

In Detroit, Dylan Larkin and Tomas Tatar each had a goal and an assist, and the Red Wings routed New York for their first home win of 2016, a game delayed 36 minutes by a malfunctioning Zamboni that chopped up a section of the ice.

Rangers 3, Flyers 2 (SO)

In Philadelphia, Mats Zuccarello and Derek Stepan scored during a shootout to lead New York to a comeback victory over the Flyers.

Canadiens 5, Oilers 1

In Montreal, Tomas Plekanec had a goal and three assists, helping the Canadiens end a four-game losing streak with a victory over Edmonton.

Senators 6, Maple Leafs 1

In Ottawa, Curtis Lazar had the first two-goal game of his career, Erik Karlsson had four assists and the Senators routed the Toronto to end a three-game skid.

Blues 4, Wild 1

In St. Louis, Jori Lehtera had a goal and an assist, and Brian Elliott made 38 saves as the Blues beat Minnesota.

Predators 6, Sharks 2

In Nashville, recent call-up Viktor Arvidsson scored twice, Filip Forsberg had a goal and two assists and the Predators beat San Jose.

Blackhawks 5, Stars 1

In Dallas, Artem Anisimov had a short-handed goal and three assists, and Western Conference-leading Chicago beat the Stars.

Flames 4, Canucks 1

In Vancouver, Jonas Hiller made 34 saves, helping the Flames past the Canucks.

Jets 4, Avalanche 2

In Denver, Drew Stafford had two goals, including the go-ahead score, and the Jets beat the Avalanche.