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Caps’ Pothier scores winning goal

WASHINGTON — For more than two periods, the game was about possible retribution for a week-old goal celebration by Alex Ovechkin.

Then, with the score tied in the third, the player whose career was nearly ended by a concussion scored his first goal in the more than a year, an emotional moment that brought the Verizon Center to its feet.

Brian Pothier’s slap shot with 15:30 remaining proved to be the winning goal, and the Washington Capitals maintained their dominance over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Friday night with a 5-3 victory.

Ovechkin scored his 52nd and 53rd goals — and did nothing over-the-top after the puck went in either time — and added two assists for the Capitals.

Islanders 2, Red Wings 0

DETROIT — Joey MacDonald made 42 saves for his first NHL shutout, and Frans Nielsen and Josh Bailey scored goals in the lowly Islanders’ victory over Detroit.

Sabres 5, Maple Leafs 3

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Paul Gaustad scored midway through the third period to help Buffalo avoid a second-half meltdown in a victory over Toronto.

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