WASHINGTON — Alex Ovechkin returned from a shoulder injury to score his 11th and 12th goals of the season, and the Washington Capitals rode a second-period flurry to a 6-2 win over the New York Islanders on Tuesday night.
After being sidelined for two games, Ovechkin scored twice on the power play in a five-goal second period for the Capitals, who have won three straight and are above .500 for the first time this season (8-7).
John Carlson, Marcus Johansson, Alexander Urbom and rookie Tom Wilson also scored for Washington, which netted four power-play goals. Nicklas Backstrom had three assists, and Braden Holtby made 34 saves.
John Tavares and Kyle Okposo scored for the Islanders, who had won two in a row. Evgeni Nabokov had 33 saves.
Ovechkin was hurt last week when he crashed headfirst into the goalie and net in the first period of a loss at Vancouver. The Capitals won twice without their three-time league MVP — including a 7-0 rout of the Philadelphia Flyers — and he returned to find a new configuration on the top line, with Martin Erat joining Ovechkin and Backstrom.
Hurricanes 2, Flyers 1, OT
RALEIGH, N.C. — Manny Malhotra scored 2:40 into overtime, and the Carolina Hurricanes broke a five-game losing streak with a win over the Philadelphia Flyers.
Justin Peters stopped 28 shots and earned his first win of the season while starting his fifth straight game since replacing the injured Cam Ward on Oct. 24.
Scott Hartnell had given Philadelphia a 1-0 lead with 3:58 left in regulation, but Jared Staal tied it with 52.3 seconds remaining to force overtime.
The Flyers, who have lost three of four, have scored more than two goals only once this season in 14 games.
Stars 3, Bruins 2, SO
BOSTON — Tyler Seguin and Rich Peverley scored in a shootout against their former team and lifted the Dallas to a win over Boston.
It was the second straight shootout win for the Stars. On Sunday, Jamie Benn scored the winner in a 4-3 victory over Ottawa.
Vernon Fiddler tied the game for Dallas on a penalty shot with 2:34 left in the third period after he was tripped from behind by Dennis Seidenberg. It erased a lead Boston took with 8:21 remaining when Milan Lucic tipped in Dougie Hamilton’s shot from the blue line.
The other goals came in the first period with Benn scoring for Dallas at 3:38, and Torey Krug tying it at 4:16.
Senators 4, Blue Jackets 1
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Erik Karlsson scored two goals, and backup goalie Robin Lehner made 32 saves to lead Ottawa over Columbus, ending a five-game losing streak.
Clarke MacArthur and Chris Neil also scored, and Jason Spezza had two assists.
Lehner earned his first win of the season while filling in for Craig Anderson, who was sidelined with a sore neck after a collision with Dallas rookie Valeri Nichushkin on Sunday.
R.J. Umberger scored a power-play goal from his knees for Columbus, which lost its fourth in a row.
Oilers 4, Panthers 3
SUNRISE, Fla. — Mark Arcobello scored his second goal in overtime and the Edmonton Oilers snapped a five-game losing streak with a victory over the Florida Panthers.
Edmonton went on the power play after Florida’s Scottie Upshall was called for tripping 32 seconds into the extra period and Arcobello rifled a slap shot from the left circle that got past Florida goalie Jacob Markstrom 1:23 later.