Washington Capitals 5, Boston Bruins 3
WASHINGTON -- Nicklas Backstrom had a goal and two assists, Braden Holtby made 29 saves and the Washington Capitals defeated the Boston Bruins 5-3 at Verizon Center Wednesday night, snapping Boston's three-game winning streak.
Alex Ovechkin gave Washington a 3-2 lead late in the second period, and Brett Connolly made it 4-2 at 3:29 of the third when he scored against his former team. Evgeny Kuznetsov had a goal and an assist. He has six goals in his last seven games. T.J. Oshie also had a goal and an assist for the NHL points leaders. Matt Niskanen added two assists for the Capitals
Brad Marchand scored two power-play goals and had an assist for Boston (26-22-6), and David Krejci scored with 1:31 left to play.
Calgary Flames 5, Minnesota Wild 1
Alex Chiasson, Deryk Engelland and Micheal Ferland also scored for the Flames, who won their second straight.
Jason Zucker replied for the Western Conference-leading Wild, who saw their franchise record road point streak end at 14 games.
Los Angeles Kings 5, Colorado Avalanche 0
Spencer Martin had 35 saves for the Avalanche, who have dropped nine consecutive games.