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NHL capsules: Golden Knights beat Capitals, 4-3, in matchup of division leaders

Vegas Golden Knights right wing Reilly Smith, left, and center Jonathan Marchessault celebrate Smith’s goal against the Capitals on Sunday in Washington. Capitals left wing Jakub Vrana is at right. (Alex Brandon / Associated Press)
Vegas Golden Knights right wing Reilly Smith, left, and center Jonathan Marchessault celebrate Smith’s goal against the Capitals on Sunday in Washington. Capitals left wing Jakub Vrana is at right. (Alex Brandon / Associated Press)
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WASHINGTON – Alex Tuch scored with 5:12 remaining, and the Vegas Golden Knights beat the Washington Capitals 4-3 on Sunday in a matchup of division leaders.

The Knights rallied three times from one-goal deficits before Tuch picked up his 10th of the season. Capitals goalie Philipp Grubauer tied to corral the loose puck, but knocked it into the net with his catching hand. Washington challenged the play for goaltender interference, but the goal stood.

Nicklas Backstrom gave Metropolitan Division-leading Washington a 3-2 lead 52 seconds into the third period. Reilly Smith tied it when he scored his second goal of the game on a wrist shot from the left circle at 9:21.

Ryan Carpenter had a goal and an assist for the Golden Knights, leaders of the Pacific Division. Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 20 shots.

Matt Niskanen had a goal and an assist for Washington. Chandler Stephenson also scored, and Grubauer had 27 saves.

Sharks 3, Hurricanes 1

RALEIGH, N.C. – Brent Burns had a goal and an assist, leading San Jose to the road win.

Timo Meier and Chris Tierney scored, and Aaron Dell stopped 29 shots for this first win in two weeks. The Sharks never trailed as they won their second straight following a four-game losing streak.

Sebastian Aho scored for the Hurricanes, who missed a chance to move into sole possession of the Eastern Conference’s final playoff spot. Cam Ward made 23 saves.

Canadiens 4, Senators 1

MONTREAL – Artturi Lehkonen broke out of a 24-game scoring slump with a pair of goals, powering Montreal to the victory.

Lehkonen had not scored since he had two goals on Oct. 30 in an 8-3 win over the Senators in Ottawa.

Jeff Petry and Tomas Plekanec also scored for the Canadiens, who were coming off a win over Anaheim on Saturday. Carey Price made 25 saves.

Mike Hoffman scored for the Senators, who had won their previous two games, including a shootout victory Saturday in Philadelphia. Mike Condon stopped 31 shots.

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