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Monday, December 16, 2013
Ovechkin knows how to work the clutch

By ESPN Stats & Information

Capitals 5, Flyers 4 (SO) (WSH wins shootout, 2-1)
* Alex Ovechkin (WSH): game-tying goal with 48 seconds left in 3rd; (7th multi-goal game this season)
* Capitals: score 3 goals in 7:52 span of 3rd period after trailing 4-1; improved to 4-0-1 in last 5 games
* Michael Raffl (PHI): 3 assists - 1st career 3-point game (had 5 points in 1st 20 NHL games)
* Flyers: 1-2-2 in last 5 games
FROM ELIAS: Washington beat the Flyers in a shootout after Alex Ovechkin's tying goal with 47.9 seconds remaining in regulation time completed the Capitals' comeback from a 4–1 third-period deficit. It was the seventh score-tying goal in the final minute of the third period in Ovechkin’s NHL career and his second such goal in six days. Ovechkin tied the score at the 19:27 mark of the third period in the Capitals’ game against Tampa Bay on Tuesday, but his last such goal before this week was in November 2008. No other player has scored more than four last-minute tying goals since Ovechkin made his NHL debut in October 2005.
FROM ELIAS: Rookie Michael Raffl assisted on three goals for the Flyers in their shootout loss at Washington. Raffl, who entered play on Sunday with only three assists in 20 NHL games, is only the second Philadelphia rookie in the last 20 seasons to register three assists in a road game. Matt Read did that in a 7–2 Flyers victory at Ottawa on Oct. 18, 2011. Besides Raffl, the only rookie with three assists in a road game this season is the Oilers’ Mark Arcobello (Oct. 12 at Toronto).

Blackhawks 3, Kings 1
* Blackhaws: 13-3-2 in last 18 games vs Kings
* Blackhawks: 3 1st-period goals; Kings had not allowed a first-period goal in any of its last 18 games (stopped 1 game shy of breaking record set by 1928 Ottawa Senators)
* Patrick Sharp (CHI): Goal (16); 9 points in last 5 games (5 G, 4 A)
* Marian Hossa (CHI): Goal (14); 5 points in last 3 games (1 G, 4 A)
FROM ELIAS: Blackhawks rookie Antti Raanta improved his record to 6–1–1 with a 3–1 victory against the Kings on Sunday night. Raanta recorded his first NHL victory on November 27 at Calgary. He’s tied for the most wins by an NHL goaltender since that date with Montreal’s Carey Price and Vancouver’s Roberto Luongo.

Lightning 3, Red Wings 0
* Lightning: Scored all 3 goals in 3rd period
* Ben Bishop (TB): 3rd shutout this season (6th of career)
* Lightning: T-largest shutout win vs Red Wings in franchise history (1st shutout vs DET since 2003)
* Red Wings: Lost 5 straight and 6 of last 7 games
FROM ELIAS: Ben Bishop notched his third shutout of the season with a 3–0 win over the Red Wings in Detroit. It was the second win in two games at Joe Louis Arena this season for both Bishop and the Lightning, following a 3–2 Tampa Bay overtime victory there on November 9. That’s twice as many road wins against the Red Wings as the Lightning registered from the time they entered the NHL in 1992 through the end of last season (1 win, 13 losses, 1 tie). Tampa Bay’s only win in Detroit before this season was a 4–2 victory by Daren Puppa in January 1994.

Panthers 2, Canadiens 1
* Panthers: 5th win in last 6 games
* Jesse Winchester (FLA): Goal (5); first point since Nov. 15
* Canadiens: 3rd loss in last 4 games after zero regulation losses in previous 10 games
* Alex Galchenyuk (MTL): power play goal (10); 3rd goal in last 5 games
FROM ELIAS: The Florida Panthers have a three-game winning streak for the first time this season thanks to their 2–1 victory at Montreal. That leaves the Sabres, Islanders and Flames as the only NHL teams that have not recorded more than two consecutive wins this season. Calgary had a chance to register its first three-game winning streak on Sunday but the Flames squandered a 3–2 third-period lead and suffered a shootout loss to the Rangers in New York.