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Paul Chiasson, The Canadian Press

Ovechkin ties Richard as Capitals beat Habs

MONTREAL — Alex Ovechkin tied Canadiens great Maurice “Rocket” Richard with his 544th career goal and had two assists, leading the Washington Capitals to a 4-1 victory over Montreal on Monday night for their sixth straight win.

Ovechkin, who has won the Maurice Richard Trophy as the league’s goal-scoring leader six times, tied Richard for 29th place on the NHL’s all-time scoring list.

His three points moved him with one of 1,000.

Evgeny Kuznetsov, Brett Connolly and Nicklas Backstrom also scored for Washington, and Braden Holtby finished with 22 saves. Holtby’s career-best shutout streak ended at 169 minutes 12 seconds when Tomas Plekanec scored at 7:18 of the third period.

Capitals coach Barry Trotz worked his 1,400th regular season game, tying Pat Quinn for eighth place all time and picked up his 684th win, tying Quinn for sixth. Trotz can catch Ron Wilson for seventh place with 1,401 games when Washington hosts Pittsburgh on Wednesday night.

The Capitals were on a power play when Ovechkin picked the corner with a shot from the top of the left circle with 3:24 remaining for goal No. 544 in his decorated career.

The Canadiens looked flat for the first two periods of their first game at home after a stretch of seven road games in which they went 4-1-2.

 

Jets 2, Flames 0

WINNIPEG, Manitoba — Connor Hellebuyck made 28 saves for his third shutout of the season for the Winnipeg Jets.

Dustin Byfuglien and Blake Wheeler scored for the Jets, winners of three of their last four games. Hellebuyck now has five shutouts in his two-year NHL career.

Chad Johnson stopped aside 25 shots for the Flames, who had won five of their previous seven.

The Jets were playing for the first time since star rookie winger Patrik Laine was lost indefinitely due to a concussion suffered in Saturday’s 4-3 loss to Buffalo.

Drew Stafford took Laine’s spot on the top forward line with center Mark Scheifele and right wing Nikolaj Ehlers, a trio that spent some time together last season.

 

Panthers 3, Devils 0

NEWARK, N.J. — Roberto Luongo made 28 saves for his 73rd career shutout to lead the Florida Panthers.

Luongo, tops among active goalies in shutouts, got his first of the season to move three behind Ed Belfour and Tony Esposito for ninth all-time. Retired Devils great Martin Brodeur holds the NHL record with 125.

Reilly Smith, Jussi Jokinen and Vincent Trocheck scored for Florida, which won for the third time in five games.

New Jersey was shut out for the third time this season, and for the first time at home since a 1-0 loss to Washington last March 25th. Cory Schneider finished with 26 saves for the Devils, who lost their third straight.

Both teams played conservatively, cognizant of eliminating the middle of the ice. As a result, the game was mostly played on the perimeter and there was little in the way of sustained pressure in the offensive zone.

It took New Jersey rookie Pavel Zacha’s five-minute major for boarding Denis Malgin to set the stage for Smith to open the scoring.

Florida swept the three-game season series after winning each of the first two meetings in overtime in the opening weeks of the season.