Alex Ovechkin scored two goals, the second on an amazing flick while rolling on the ice, and the Washington Capitals won consecutive road games for the first time all season, beating the Phoenix Coyotes, 6-1, yesterday in Glendale, Ariz.
Ben Clymer and Matt Bradley had a goal and an assist each, and Dainius Zubrus and Brian Sutherby also scored for the Capitals.
Ovechkin had a fluke goal in the first period. He had a spectacular one in the third, when he beat Brian Boucher while sprawled on the ice, sliding toward the corner and rolling from his back to his chest. Somehow, the 20-year-old Russian left wing kept the net in mind after Coyotes defenseman Paul Mara knocked him down coming through the circle. Ovechkin sent the puck into the net at a sharp angle, handcuffing Boucher, who stood up believing the threat was past.
''The best goal I ever scored," Ovechkin said. ''I just went down and shot."
It was his 14th goal in 13 games.
''The kid's amazing," Washington goaltender Brent Johnson said. ''I mean, he seems to be on the scoreboard every night with some unbelievable shots."
The goals gave Ovechkin an NHL rookie-high 32 this season and five in two games. He had his first hat trick Friday night at Anaheim.
Sharks 3, Lightning 1 -- Kyle McLaren, rookie Milan Michalek, and Nils Ekman scored as host San Jose posted its sixth victory in seven games.
NHL assists leader Joe Thornton had two more for the Sharks, who escaped last place in the Pacific Division with their ninth victory in 11 home games. After spending most of the season at the bottom, surging San Jose (21-17-5) now has 47 points, tying Anaheim and moving ahead of Phoenix with games in hand on both rivals.
Canucks 4, Penguins 2 -- Todd Bertuzzi's fourth goal in two games gave visiting Vancouver a two-goal lead, and Henrik Sedin sealed it with a power-play score in the third period as the Canucks handed Pittsburgh its seventh consecutive loss.
Penguins star Sidney Crosby scored his first goal during the losing streak and his 22d overall during another eventful night, engaging in several shoving matches with the Canucks and taking two more penalties.
Blue Jackets 4, Rangers 3 -- Rick Nash's breakaway goal late in the third period lifted host Columbus to its fourth victory in five games. Marcel Hossa, who was benched for the Rangers' previous six games, had tied the score 6:56 into the third with his second goal of the game.
Canadiens 4, Stars 2 -- Mike Ribeiro had two goals, and host Montreal scored on its first three power-play opportunities to end Minnesota's season-high six-game winning streak.
Senators 6, Wild 1 -- Patrick Eaves, playing his first NHL game in his home state, had two goals and an assist for visiting Ottawa. Eaves recorded the first multipoint game of his career, scoring in the first and second periods as the Senators rallied from a 1-0 deficit. Ottawa had only six shots in the second period, but scored on three of them to open a commanding 5-1 lead.
Sabres 3, Oilers 1 -- Maxim Afinogenov had a goal and assist in the third period to lift visiting Buffalo.