Final Score: Washington 7, Florida 1
Washington, DC (Sports Network) - Braden Holtby made 29 saves and seven different Capitals scored in Washington's 7-1 dismantling of the Florida Panthers at Verizon Center. Alex Ovechkin, Wojtek Wolski and Mike Ribeiro each had a goal and two assists for the Capitals, who have erupted for 18 goals in three victories over the Panthers this season. John Erskine and John Carlson each scored in a four-goal first period, while Eric Fehr and Mathieu Perreault both got in on the act in the third. Jacob Markstrom, fresh off his first win of the season against the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday, started in net for Florida and was quickly pulled after giving up goals on Washington's first two shots. Scott Clemmensen yielded five goals on 24 shots in relief, and Jack Skille scored the Panthers' lone goal.
Final Score: Montreal 4, Carolina 2
Raleigh, NC (Sports Network) - Lars Eller tallied the go-ahead goal in the third period and P.K. Subban added insurance in the Montreal Canadiens' 4-2 win over the Carolina Hurricanes in a battle of division leaders. The Northeast-leading Canadiens had an 11-point streak (8-0-3) snapped Tuesday against the New York Islanders. Brandon Prust and Gorges each netted a goal in the opening frame for Northeast-leading Montreal, which avoided consecutive losses for the first time in a month. Carey Price made 42 saves in the win. The Habs dropped three in a row prior to the start of that torrid 11-point stretch on Feb. 12 in a win against the Tampa Bay Lightning. Six points atop the Southeast division, Carolina had its four-game winning streak snapped. Jordan Staal and Drayson Bowman potted goals, while Peters gave up four goals on 28 shots in the loss.
Final Score: Columbus 2, Vancouver 1 (OT)
Columbus, OH (Sports Network) - Matt Calvert's goal with 57 seconds left in overtime lifted the Columbus Blue Jackets past the Vancouver Canucks, 2-1, on Thursday. R.J. Umberger also lit the lamp for the Blue Jackets, who have won three straight. Sergei Bobrovsky registered 34 saves in the triumph. Henrik Sedin provided the lone goal for the Canucks, losers in three straight and five of their last six tilts. Cory Schneider stopped 25 of the 27 shots he saw in the setback.
Final Score: Winnipeg 2, Tampa Bay 1
Tampa, FL (Sports Network) - Bryan Little scored the deciding goal with 4:08 left to play, enabling the Winnipeg Jets to avenge an earlier lopsided loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning with a 2-1 decision over their Southeast Division rival at Tampa Bay Times Forum. Eric Tangradi netted his first goal as a Jet and Al Montoya turned back 28-of-29 shots to help Winnipeg gain payback for last month's 8-3 shellacking at the hands of the Lightning in its most recent visit to Tampa. The win also halted a two-game overall losing skid and was only the Jets' second in their last 11 trips to Tampa Bay Times Forum. Steven Stamkos came through with his league-leading 18th tally of the season for the Lightning's lone score. Anders Lindback finished with 26 saves in the loss, Tampa's sixth in its past seven outings.
Final Score: Detroit 3, Edmonton 0
Detroit, MI (Sports Network) - Jimmy Howard made 22 saves for his second shutout of the season, and the Detroit Red Wings continued their home dominance over the Edmonton Oilers with a 3-0 victory. Jakub Kindl and Cory Emmerton each scored in the second period for the Red Wings, who improved to 5-1-1 since Feb. 23. Devan Dubnyk stopped 25 shots for Edmonton, which has lost seven straight at Joe Louis Arena. The Oilers fell to 1-3-2 on their nine-game road trip.