AROUND THE NHL | Sunday’s games
Golden Knights 4, Capitals 3
Alex Tuch scored the go-ahead goal with 5:12 remaining and the Vegas Golden Knights defeated the Washington Capitals in a matchup of division leaders. The Knights rallied three times from one-goal deficits before Tuch’s shot from in close. Capitals goalie Philipp Grubauer tied to corral the loose puck, but knocked it into the net with his catching hand. Nicklas Backstrom gave Metropolitan Division-leading Washington a 3-2 lead 52 seconds into the third period. Reilly Smith tied it when he scored his second goal of the game on a wrist shot from the left circle at 9:21. Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 20 shots. Ryan Carpenter had a goal and an assist for the Golden Knights, leaders of the Pacific Division. Matt Niskanen had a goal and an assist for Washington. Chandler Stephenson scored his third goal in his last three games after netting two in his first 36. Grubauer had 27 saves.
Sharks 3, Hurricanes 1
Brent Burns had a goal and an assist, and the San Jose Sharks beat the Carolina Hurricanes. Timo Meier and Chris Tierney scored, and Aaron Dell stopped 29 shots for this first win in two weeks. The Sharks never trailed as they won their second straight following a four-game losing streak. Sebastain Aho scored for the Hurricanes, who missed a chance to move into sole possession of the Eastern Conference’s final playoff spot. Cam Ward made 23 saves and saw his personal three-game win streak snapped. After allowing Aho’s goal, Dell stopped the final 25 shots he faced.
Canadiens 4, Senators 1
Artturi Lehkonen broke out of a 24-game scoring slump with a pair of goals as the Montreal Canadiens defeated the Ottawa Senators. Lehkonen had not scored since he had two goals on Oct. 30 in an 8-3 win over the Senators in Ottawa. Jeff Petry, with his third goal in two games, and Tomas Plekanec also scored for the Canadiens. Mike Hoffman scored for the Senators, who had won their previous two games. Montreal outshot Ottawa 35-26. Plekanec, for his 600th career point, made a back pass to a wide open Lehkonen for a goal into an open net with 1:18 left in the period. Plekanec is the 13th Canadien to reach 600 points.