Capitals halt Ducks' streak, Bruins survive Panthers scare


The Anaheim Ducks' winning streak has been snapped at 11 courtesy of a heartbreaking shoot-out loss to the Washington Capitals.

Nicklas Backstrom scored the winning goal of the shoot-out with a lovely wrist shot after the two sides could not be separated in regulation or overtime, with the Capitals winning 2-1.

Ryan Getzlaf got the Ducks off to the best possible start in front of their own fans as he opened the scoring after just one minute, a lead the Ducks would hold until the start of the third period when Andre Burakovsky would finally reply.

Both goaltenders were in fine form as the Capitals' Braden Holtby made 27 saves, compared to the Ducks' John Gibson who made 31.

Elsewhere, the Boston Bruins survived a scare against the Florida Panthers after shooting to a comfortable first-period lead.

Goals from Patrice Bergeron (two), David Pastrnak and Brett Connolly had the Bruins 4-1 up at the first intermission, with the Panthers' goal coming from Aleksander Barkov, who was assisted by veteran Jaromir Jagr which moved him into third on the all-time NHL points list.

Second-period goals from Jiri Hudler and Jussi Jokinen and a further goal from the former in the third forced the game into overtime, only for the Bruins to prevail through Lee Stempniak to give the visitors their sixth win in 10 games via a 5-4 victory.

Shayne Gostisbehere scored two as he helped the Philadelphia Flyers to a 4-2 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning, while the Buffalo Sabres prevailed 4-3 against the Toronto Maple Leafs courtesy of a shoot-out.

The Colorado Avalanche accounted the Arizona Coyotes 3-1 at home, Joe Pavelski's 30th goal of the season proved the overtime winner for the San Jose Sharks in a 2-1 victory against the Calgary Flames and the Los Angeles Kings hammered the Vancouver Canucks 5-1.