WASHINGTON — Perseverance paid off the Alex Tuch and the Vegas Golden Knights.
Tuch scored the go-ahead goal with 5:12 remaining, and the Golden Knights defeated the Washington Capitals 4-3 Sunday in a matchup of division leaders.
Vegas rallied three times from one-goal deficits to beat Washington for the second time this season.
"We never gave up. I thought we played our best game in two weeks, I really did, even though we were behind most of the (day)," Golden Knights coach Gerard Gallant said. "It was only a one-goal lead every time, so we kept battling and we worked hard and that's something our team has done all year long."
On 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. Washington challenged the play for goaltender interference, but the goal stood (see full recap).
Lehkonen scores twice in Canadiens' win
MONTREAL — Artturi Lehkonen broke out of a 24-game scoring slump with a pair of goals as the Montreal Canadiens defeated the Ottawa Senators 4-1 on Sunday.
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, who were coming off a win over Anaheim on Saturday.
Mike Hoffman scored for the Senators, who had won their previous two games, including a shootout victory Saturday in Philadelphia.
Montreal outshot Ottawa 35-26 (see full recap).
Sharks top Hurricanes for 2nd straight win
RALEIGH, N.C. — After their worst stretch of the season, the San Jose Sharks are back on the winning track.
Brent Burns had a goal and an assist, and the Sharks beat the Carolina Hurricanes 3-1 on Sunday.
Timo Meier and Chris Tierney scored, and Aaron Dell stopped 29 shots for this first win in two weeks. San Jose never trailed as it won their second straight following a season-high four-game losing streak.
"I wouldn't say we're rounding into form, I think we just got back to it," Sharks captain Joe Pavelski said. "Real big commitment, it's created a little bit of momentum. Everyone is buying in."
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 (see full recap).