Ovechkin, Caps Light It Up in Ottawa 8-6
Detroit clips Gretzky's Coyotes while Stars outshoot the Blues
By Mike Buss,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 30, 2007 5:39 AM CST
Detroit Red Wings right winger Mikael Samuelsson, left, of Sweden, is congratulated by teammate Jiri Hudler, right, of the Czech Republic, after Samuelsson scored a goal against the Phoenix Coyotes in...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Alexander Ovechkin had a career-high four goals as the improving Washington Capitals surprised Eastern Conference leading Ottawa, 8-6. The Senators, whose three-game winning streak was ended, got three goals from Mike Fisher as they tried to rally during a third period in which seven goals were scored. Ovechkin has 30 goals on the season, second in the NHL. Elsewhere:

  • Despite missing leading scorer Henrik Zetterberg, the Detroit Red Wings completed a perfect three-game road trip by beating Phoenix, 4-2. Pavel Datsyuk scored the winner while Chris Osgood improved to 17-2-1.
  • Paul Kariya had three third-period goals for St. Louis but it wasn't enough as Dallas won 5-4 in the shootout on Mike Modano's goal.