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Alex Ovechkin leads Capitals past 'Canes in shootout 5-4 @NHL

WASHINGTON - Thanks to Alex Ovechkin - who else? - the Washington Capitals finally rediscovered how to win at home.

Ovechkin moved within one goal of becoming the first Capitals player with 50 in three seasons and netted the winner in the shootout, helping his team end a four-game losing streak in Washington with a 5-4 victory over Carolina on Saturday night.

Mike Green scored his 24th goal, most among NHL defencemen, and assisted on Ovechkin's tally, while Alexander Semin has his 29th goal and three assists.

Erik Cole, Eric Staal and Ray Whitney each scored a goal and had at least one assist for Carolina, winless in its past three road games.

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