The Capitals got a goal and two assists from NHL scoring leader Alex Ovechkin to defeat the New York Rangers 3-2 in overtime. Washington, which moved into first in the Southeast Division, ended a power-play drought, scoring twice with the man advantage, including the game-winner by defenseman Mike Green. Winning goalie Olaf Kolzig played in his 700th NHL game. Elsewhere:
- Evgeni Malkin continued his superior play in the absence of Sidney Crosby, with a goal and three assists in the Penguins' 4-3 win over Philadelphia. First-place Pittsburgh improved to 6-2-2 during No. 87's injury.
- Red-hot Anaheim got its fourth road win in six days, 3-2 today over Detroit, bolstered by 27 saves from Jean-Sebastian Giguere.