Ovechkin delivers vintage effort against Islanders


After scoring twice in his return from a shoulder injury, Alex Ovechkin supplied the assist on Tom Wilson’s first NHL goal. After the game, he stunned the 19-year-old rookie mid-interview with a red pillow smothered with blue shaving cream right in the face.

“Ohhh! My eyes!” said Wilson, who doubled over and had to retreat from the locker room to the shower room to get a towel and get the sting out.

Wilson returned moments later to discuss his role in the Capitals’ 6-2 win Tuesday night over the New York Islanders.

It is hard to overshadow Ovechkin, but Wilson gave it his best shot with his first assist, first goal and first wise decision to pass up a fight against Matt Carkner, who was baiting the youngster in the game’s final minutes.

Ovechkin was obviously happy for Wilson, but the three-time NHL MVP was also all smiles about his own performance. After being sidelined for two games, he scored twice on the power play in a five-goal second period for Washington, which has won three straight and is above .500 for the first time this season (8-7).

“I felt pretty refreshed out there,” said Ovechkin, who has 12 goals this season. “Of course I had a few days off, had a couple of breaks, but I feel pretty good.”

John Carlson, Marcus Johansson and Alexander Urbom also scored for the Capitals, who went 4-for-6 on the power play. Nicklas Backstrom had three assists, and Braden Holtby made 34 saves.

Sabres 5, Sharks 4 (SO)

In San Jose, Cory Hodgson scored in the fourth round of the shootout and Ryan Miller made 47 saves for Buffalo, which overcame a pair of blown third-period leads and beat the Sharks for its third win in 17 games this season.

Stars 3, Bruins 2 (SO)

In Boston, Tyler Seguin and Rich Peverley scored in a shootout against their former team and lifted Dallas over the Bruins.

Senators 4, Blue Jackets 1

In Columbus, Erik Karlsson had two goals, and backup goalie Robin Lehner made 32 saves as Ottawa topped the Blue Jackets and snapped a five-game losing streak.

Oilers 4, Panthers 3 (OT)

In Sunrise, Florida, Mark Arcobello scored his second goal of the game and season 1:55 into overtime, and Edmonton snapped a five-game losing streak by beating the Panthers.

Hurricanes 2, Flyers 1 (OT)

In Raleigh, North Carolina, Manny Malhotra scored 2:40 into overtime, and Carolina broke a five-game losing streak by rallying to beat Philadelphia.

Wild 5, Flames 1

In St. Louis, Zach Parise scored twice and Minnesota’s Josh Harding made 24 saves in winning his fifth straight start.

Blues 3, Canadiens 2 (SO)

In Montreal, T.J. Oshie’s shootout goal lifted St. Louis over the Canadiens.

Coyotes 3, Canucks 2 (SO)

In Glendale, Arizona, Antoine Vermette notched the deciding goal in the shootout for the second straight game, and Phoenix topped Vancouver for its fifth straight win.