Sport Nicklas Backstrom scores late winner as Washington beat St Louis

08:55  08 january  2018
08:55  08 january  2018 Source:   Press Association

Washington Capitals ease past New Jersey Devils

  Washington Capitals ease past New Jersey Devils The Washington Capitals reclaimed the lead in the Metropolitan Division with a 5-2 win over the New Jersey Devils at Capital One Arena. Nicklas Backstrom and John Carlson each had a goal and two assists for the Capitals, while Tom Wilson, Matt Niskanen and Christian Djoos also found the net.John Moore and Travis Zajac replied for the Devils.Ryan Spooner scored twice and Tuukka Rask had a 25-save shutout as the Boston Bruins blanked the Ottawa Senators 5-0.

Nicklas Backstrom beats Blues goaltender Carter Hutton to give the Capitals an overtime win over the Blues. After the Blues had scored two unanswered goals in the second period to take the lead, the Capitals did the same in the third. Then, with 4:09 left in regulation, St . Louis defenseman Carl

Nicklas Backstrom scored on a breakaway at 4:17 of overtime Sunday as the Washington Capitals downed the St . Louis Blues 4-3 at Capital One Arena in Washington , D.C.

Alex Ovechkin (8), Brett Connolly (10), Nicklas Backstrom (19) and TJ Oshie (77) celebrate Backstrom's game-winning goal (AP): Blues Capitals Hockey © AP/PA photowire service Blues Capitals Hockey

Nicklas Backstrom scored with less than a minute left in overtime to help the Washington Capitals to a 4-3 win over the St Louis Blues.

It was a fourth win in a row for the Blues, who went 1-0 up in the first period courtesy of a Brett Connolly powereplay goal after 13:15.

Vladimir Tarasenko replied with his 18th of the season and Alexander Steen put the visitors in front going into the third.

Alex Ovechkin found the net for the 27th time and Lars Eller and Carl Gunnarsson's goals cancelled each other out, before Backstrom fired a shot past Carter Hutton on the breakaway

Buffalo end long wait for play-off spot

  Buffalo end long wait for play-off spot The Buffalo Bills saw off a late charge from the Miami Dolphins to book their place in the play-offs for the first time since 1999. Buffalo's 22-16 victory against their AFC East rivals would not have been enough for the New York state side to break their drought - but they got help from the Cincinnati Bengals who beat the Baltimore Ravens.Tyrod Taylor threw for 204 yards and created the opening touchdown with a 26-yard pass to Nick O'Leary in the first quarter. A pair of field goals and a rushing touchdown then had the Bills 19-0 up in the third.

Latest Videos. 0:13. Nicklas Backstrom finishes off the Blues in overtime. Washington rebounded in the third with goals from Alex Ovechkin and Lars Eller before St . Louis tied the game yet again thanks to a crazy deflection for Carl Gunnarsson.

It was Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom to the rescue late in Sunday's win over the St . Louis Blues. Not much went right in the second period for Washington . St . Louis shot the first 11 shots of the middle frame and ultimately outshot the Caps 17-6.

The Pittsburgh Penguins also needed overtime to see off the Boston Bruins in an 11-goal thriller.

The Bruins hit four in the second period to take a 5-3 lead, but Evgeni Malkin lowered the deficit to one on 19:56 in the second and Riley Sheahan scored early in the third to tie the game up.

Malkin hit his second of the night and 17th of the season to secure a 6-5 win.

Meanwhile, the New York Islanders beat the New Jersey Devils 5-4 in a shootout and the Columbus Blue Jackets took the Florida Panthers to extra shots and prevailed 3-2.

The Philadelphia Flyers scored twice in the last 1:15 as they beat the Buffalo Sabres 4-1, while the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Edmonton Oilers and the Winnipeg Jets saw off the San Jose Sharks by the same scoreline.

Three goals in the third period were the difference as the Montreal Canadiens beat the Vancouver Canucks 5-2, while the same scoreline was recorded in Detroit where the Red Wings went down to the Tampa Bay Lightning.

The Vegas Golden Knights got another win on the road, seeing off the New York Rangers 2-1 thanks to a William Karlsson goal in the third period.

Cleveland let big lead slip as they suffer third loss on the bounce .
The Cleveland Cavaliers let a 22-point lead slip as they were edged by the Indiana Pacers 97-95 - their third loss on the bounce. The Cavs led 58-44 at half-time and looked set to stop their recent dip in form after heavy losses to the Minnesota Timberwolves and Toronto Raptors in the past week.But Indiana hit eight unanswered points late in the fourth and LeBron James - 27 points, 11 assists - missed at the buzzer as he looked to score a winning three-pointer.

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