Niskanen nets winner for Capitals, Blues triumph despite slip


Matt Niskanen proved the difference for the Washington Capitals as they secured a 3-2 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins in the NHL on Tuesday.

True to form, the Capitals looked shaky in defence and found themselves 2-0 down after Evgeni Malkin had the Penguins a goal up 6:14 into the first period before Patric Hornqvist doubled the lead early in the second.

But the Capitals' response was strong as Mike Richards and Evgeny Kuznetsov levelled the scored before the final intermission, after which Niskanen scored the winner with less than six minutes remaining.

The St Louis Blues overcame the Ottawa Senators 4-3 in a shoot-out.

But the Blues managed to survive, having surrendered a three-goal lead, which they earned midway through the second period.

The Senators fought back with Jean-Gabriel scoring an important double to force overtime, only for the home side to go down in the shoot-out.

Doubles for Nino Niederreiter and Charlie Coyle helped the Minnesota Wild to a 6-3 win over the Colorado Avalanche, while Reilly Smith and Jaromir Jagr combined to lead the Florida Panthers past the Winnipeg Jets 3-2.

The Edmonton Oilers needed overtime to get the better of the Buffalo Sabres in a 2-1 win, the Boston Bruins beat the Calgary Flames by the same scoreline and the Carolina Hurricanes were too good for the New Jersey Devils 3-1.

Elsewhere, the Nashville Predators won a thriller against the Dallas Stars 5-3, while the New York Islanders edged the Vancouver Canucks 3-2.