Capitals' winning run over, Blackhawks beat Avalanche in overtime


The Washington Capitals missed the chance to win a 10th consecutive game in the NHL after suffering a 4-2 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday. 

The Capitals were on a run of nine straight wins but were outplayed by the Hurricanes at the PNC Arena. 

After a scoreless first period, Phil Di Giuseppe opened the scoring for the Hurricanes before Nicklas Backstrom tied the game just two minutes later. 

However, a three-goal haul for the Hurricanes in the third period saw them pick up the surprise victory. 

The Chicago Blackhawks survived a fightback from the Colorado Avalanche to secure a 4-3 overtime win at the Pepsi Center. 

Carl Soderberg put the Avalanche in front early in the first period but goals to Artem Anisimov, Andrew Desjardins and Patrick Kane had the Blackhawks 3-1 up 24 minutes, 20 seconds in. 

Cody McLeod pulled one back before Erik Johnson scored with five minutes left in the third period, but the Blackhawks secured victory thanks to Jonathan Toews' goal on the power-play 03:29 into overtime.

In other results, a double from Tyler Seguin helped the Dallas Stars past the Nashville Predators 5-1, while the New York Islanders sealed a hard-fought 2-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres.

Shane Doan became the Arizona Coyotes' all-time leading goal-scorer in their 4-2 win over the Winnipeg Jets, while the Anaheim Ducks shutout the Edmonton Oilers in a 1-0 win. 

Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Kings made it four straight wins with a 4-1 victory over the Calgary Flames, the Pittsburgh Penguins came from 2-0 down to beat the Detroit Red Wings 5-2, and a strong third period saw the Minnesota Wild get up 3-1 over the St. Louis Blues.