NHL: O'Brien Sparks Comeback Win for Ottawa

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Former Gopher Jim O'Brien sparked a three-goal rally for Ottawa on Tuesday night in a 3-2 Senators' win over Washington. After the Capitals scored twice in the first period, O'Brien tallied his second goal of the season with 1.23 left in the second period -- the first of three unanswered goals by the home squad (Milan Michalek and Sergie Gonchar would add third period goals for Ottawa). 

Now just six games into the season, O'Brien needs just one goal to tie his career best (3-3--6 in 28 games in 2011-12). 

Wheeler Nears 200 Career Points 

Blake Wheeler picked up a power-play goal on Tuesday in Winnipeg's 4-3 loss to Montreal. The forward has three goals and three assists this season, bringing his career point total to 197 (77 goals, 120 assists). Here's Wheeler's blast of a power-play goal from Tuesday night: 


*Buffalo's Thomas Vanek moved up to sixth in the NHL scoring race on Tuesday with his 10th point of the season (an assist in the Sabres' 4-3 overtime loss to Toronto). With three goals and seven assists in five games this year, Vanek is averaging two points a game. 

*Some AHL news: Jeff Taffe had an assist and finished at +2 for the Eastern Conference at Monday's AHL All-Star Game. Taffe ranks eighth in AHL scoring this season with 38 points (nine goals, 29 assists), 

*Wednesday NHL Games: MTL at OTT (O'Brien), CHI (Leddy) at MIN, COL (Johnson) at Vancouver (Schroeder, Ballard). 

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