WASHINGTON -- John Carlson and T.J. Oshie scored rare home power-play goals, Braden Holtby became the second-fastest goaltender in NHL history to 200 victories and the Washington Capitals beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-1 Friday night.
Holtby stopped 27 of the 28 shots he faced to pick up victory No. 200 in his 319th game, second only to Hockey Hall of Famer and six-time Stanley Cup winner Ken Dryden, who did it in 311. The only goal he allowed was credited to Phil Kessel but went in off Capitals defenseman Dmitry Orlov.
Chandler Stephenson also scored for the Capitals on a feed from Nicklas Backstrom, who snapped his career-worst point drought at seven games. In his first game on Washington's top line, Stephenson picked up his fifth point in eight games.
Before Stephenson's insurance goal 13:42 into the third period and Jakub Vrana's empty-netter that sealed it, special teams made the difference in this matchup between rivals who met in the second round of the playoffs the past two years. Washington was 2 for 6 on the power play after scoring just twice in 25 opportunities in its first six home games, while Pittsburgh went 0 for 4.
Penguins goaltender Matt Murray made 27 saves. Carlson's goal at 14:09 of the first period went in off Penguins penalty killer Tom Kuhnhackl, and Oshie's at 8:26 of the second was a deflection from just outside the crease (see full recap).
Marleau gives Maple Leafs overtime win
TORONTO -- Patrick Marleau scored in overtime to give the Toronto Maple Leafs a 3-2 victory over the Boston Bruins on Friday night in the first game of a home-and-home series.
James van Riemsdyk scored twice, the second to tie it with a minute left in regulation, and Frederik Andersen made 33 saves. The Maple Leafs have won three in a row to improve to 11-7-0.
Patrice Bergeron and David Pastrnak scored for Boston, and Anton Khudobin stopped 30 shots.
It's quick turnaround for the teams with Boston hosting the back end of the two-game set Saturday night.
Pastrnak put the Bruins ahead with 5:30 to in the third with just a second remaining on a Boston power play, batting in a rebound while Andersen was sprawled out after turning away Jordan Szwarz.
Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock pulled Andersen with 2:04 to go looking for the equalizer and, with exactly a minute to play, van Riemsdyk tied it at 2, redirecting Mitch Marner's slap pass from the top of the crease (see full recap).
Panthers cruise past Sabres to snap skid
BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Roberto Luongo broke a tie with Curtis Joseph for fourth place on the NHL career victory list with 455, making 24 saves in the Florida Panthers' 4-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres on Friday night.
Evgenii Dadonov and Aleksander Barkov each had a goal and an assist, and Ian McCoshen and Vincent Trocheck also scored to help the Panthers snap a five-game skid.
Kyle Okposo scored for the Sabres, and Robin Lehner stopped 27 shots.
Buffalo is 4-4-0 in its last eight games after a 1-5-2 start but has yet to win consecutive games this season.
McCoshen scored 3:50 into the third period on a wrist shot from the blue line that slid past Lehner's right skate.
Luongo's biggest save came with less than seven minutes left in the third period when he lifted his glove above his head to catch Sam Reinhart's shot from the high slot (see full recap).