Alex Ovechkin became the NHL's first 60-goal scorer in 12 years by netting two Friday night in the Washington Capitals' comeback 5-3 victory over the Atlanta Thrashers.

Ovechkin beat goalie Kari Lehtonen in the first period and then brought the Capitals within 3-2 at 11:30 of the third period with his 60th.

No one in the NHL had hit the mark since the 1995-96 season when Pittsburgh's Mario Lemieux and Jaromir Jagr both did it. Ovechkin's previous best was 52 goals, accomplished in his rookie season of 2005-06.

Nicklas Backstrom scored two goals 32 seconds apart in the closing minutes to give the Capitals a 4-3 lead.

ISLANDERS 3, DEVILS 1: At Newark, N.J., Kyle Okposo snapped a tie with 2:35 remaining by scoring his first NHL goal, and the New York Islanders ended a six-game losing streak.

FLYERS 4, RANGERS 3, SO: At Philadelphia, Mike Richards and Jeff Carter each scored in the shootout and Richards had a goal in regulation to lead Philadelphia.

MAPLE LEAFS 4, SABRES 1: At Buffalo, N.Y., Vesa Toskala stopped 35 shots and Toronto topped inconsistent Buffalo with a key win in the Eastern Conference playoff race.

WILD 2, CANUCKS 1: At Vancouver, British Columbia, Branko Radivojevic scored 1:33 into the third period and Niklas Backstrom made 30 saves to lead Minnesota.

SHARKS 2, DUCKS 1: At San Jose, Calif., Jeremy Roenick and Joe Thornton scored, and San Jose tightened its hold on the Pacific Division lead by holding Anaheim without a shot in the third period.