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Ducks 6, Capitals 1

by Staff Writer / Anaheim Ducks

WASHINGTON (AP) -Anaheim's Shawn Thornton scored 57 seconds in, Teemu Selanne had his team-high 16th goal and an assist in the third period, and the NHL-leading Ducks beat the Washington Capitals 6-1 Friday night for their seventh victory in eight games.

Todd Marchant had a goal and two assists, and Jean-Sebastien Giguere made 26 saves to help stop Washington's four-game winning streak. Giguere's bid for a second consecutive shutout ended with Alexander Semin's goal 5:06 into the third period, off a back-to-the-ice, through-the-legs assist from Alex Ovechkin.

Thornton was called up from the minors during the day and immediately produced his first NHL goal since the 2003-04 season, when he played for Chicago. It was an eventful evening for the right wing: He served a five-minute penalty for fighting in the first period, and assisted on Dustin Penner's goal in the second period that made it 3-0.

Selanne, Andy McDonald and Corey Perry all scored in the final period for Anaheim (22-3-6, 51 points), which is off to the best start in franchise history. Selanne has eight points in the past four games.

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