Capitals 3, Maple Leafs 2

Defenseman Matt Niskanen's power-play goal at 9:31 of the third period lifted the Washington Capitals to a 3-2 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday.

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The matchup between the teams with the most and least points in the NHL was tied when Toronto right winger Nikita Soshnikov was called for boarding with 9:20 left.

Seconds later, Niskanen took a pass from centre Nicklas Backstrom and fired a wrist shot from the point that got through a screen in front and past goaltender Jonathan Bernier.

Blackhawks 5, Red Wings 2

Artemi Panarin had two goals to lead the Chicago Blackhawks to a 5-2 win against the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday night at Joe Louis Arena.

Brent Seabrook a goal and three assists, Patrick Kane a goal and two assists and Andrew Ladd also scored for Chicago while Corey Crawford made 31 saves.

Brad Richards and Gustav Nyquist scored for Detroit while Petr Mrazek made saves.

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