Morning jam: Ovechkin taking April by storm

April, 17, 2013
4/17/13
9:13
AM ET
Capitals 5, Maple Leafs 1
* Alex Ovechkin (WSH): NHL-leading 28th goal of season, 12 goals in last 10 games
* Capitals: 8-game win streak, 10-game point streak
* Maple Leafs: 2nd regulation loss in last 15 games; 5-game point streak snapped
FROM ELIAS: Alex Ovechkin scored a goal and assisted on another in Washington’s 5-1 win over the Maple Leafs. The Capitals have won all eight games that they have played in April and they have been led by the red-hot Ovechkin, who has scored 10 goals this month. He’s the first NHL player to reach double-figures for April goals in one season since 2006, when San Jose’s Jonathan Cheechoo scored 11 goals and Toronto’s Mats Sundin scored 10.

Islanders 5, Panthers 2
* Islanders: 3-0-0 vs Panthers this season
* Islanders: 7th in East, 1 point behind Senators for 6th, 3 points ahead of Rangers and Jets who are currently tied for 8th
* Michael Grabner (NYI): 2nd multi-goal game this season
* Panthers: 1-5-0 in last 6 road games, outscored 22-9

Flyers 4, Rangers 2
* Kimmo Timonen (PHI): goal (5-PPG), assist; 2nd straight multi-point game (7th multi-point game of season)
* Steve Mason (PHI): 38 saves (season-high); 1st win in 4 appearances for Flyers since being acquired from Blue Jackets
* Flyers: 2nd straight win following a 4-game losing streak
* Rangers: 2-game winning streak ends; 2-4-1 in last 7 ROAD games

Sharks 3, Kings 2 (SO) (SJ wins shootout, 1-0)
* Raffi Torres (SJ): scores lone goal in shootout
* Brent Burns & T.J. Galiardi (SJ): score goals 42 seconds apart in 2nd period
* Sharks: 10-0-4 in last 14 home games, now tied with Kings for 4th in West at 53 points
* Kings: 4-1-2 in last 7 games

Wild 5, Oilers 3
* Zach Parise (MIN): Goal (16), 1st goal in last 9 games
* Kyle Brodziak (MIN): 2 Goals (7, 8), 1st multi-goal game this season
* Wild: 3-game road win streak, 3-0-0 vs Oilers this season
* Oilers: lost 3 straight home games, getting outscored 12-5

Blues 2, Canucks 1 (SO) (STL wins shootout 2-0)
* Blues: 4th shootout win this season
* Blues: won 7 of last 9 games
* Alexander Steen (STL): game-winning goal in shootout
* Canucks: 2-3-1 in last 6 road games

Jets 4, Lightning 3 (SO) (WPG wins shootout 2-0)
* Andrew Ladd (WPG): 2 Goals (17, 18), Assist; 9 points (4G, 5A) during 5-game point streak
* Jets: pull into tie with Rangers for 8th in Eastern Conference (Rangers hold current tiebreaker by virtue of playing 1 fewer game, but Jets have 20 regulation/overtime wins, compared to 17 for the Rangers)
* Jets: have won 4 straight games, all at home (4-0-1 at home vs Lightning since start of last season)
* Lightning: 0-3-2 in past 5 road games

Senators 3, Hurricanes 2
* Senators: 4-1-0 in last 5 home games
* Senators: 16-18 on penalty kill in last 5 home games
* Sergei Gonchar (OTT): 2 AST, went previous 9 games without a point
* Hurricanes: 1-8-0 in past 9 games
* Hurricanes: scored 6 goals in last 4 road games (all losses)

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