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Capitals end two-game slide, stop Rangers' winning streak at five games @NHLdotcom

WASHINGTON - Alexander Semin scored twice, Troy Brouwer tallied the tiebreaking goal midway through the second period, and the Washington Capitals halted the New York Rangers' five-game winning streak with a 4-1 victory on Wednesday night.

With the game tied 1-1, Brouwer got tangled with Rangers defenceman Ryan McDonagh in front of the New York. Brouwer not only screened goalie Martin Biron but redirected John Carlson's drive from the left point for his 10th goal of the season at 10:24.

Marcus Johansson also scored for the Capitals, who snapped a two-game skid by beating the top team in the Eastern Conference. Alex Ovechkin had two assists.

Brandon Dubinsky scored for the Rangers, 7-3 in their last 10 games. Marian Gaborik, tied for the NHL lead with 22 goals, had his run of five straight games with a goal stopped.

Tomas Vokoun, making his first start in six games, made 31 saves for the victory.


GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) ??? Defenceman Dennis Seidenberg scored 58 seconds into overtime to give lift Boston over Phoenix.

Seidenberg's shot from the middle of the rink at the blue line, deflected off the stick of Coyotes defenceman Derek Morris and found its way between the pads of goalie Jason LaBarbera. It was Boston's first win after regulation that wasn't settled in a shootout.

The defending Stanley Cup champion Bruins have won 11 of 13 and 21 of 24 to move back on top of the Eastern Conference, one point ahead of the New York Rangers. Phoenix, which has dropped three straight, has won only three of 10.

David Krejci gave the Bruins a 1-0 lead 47 seconds into the game on the team's first shot. Ray Whitney tied it with 4:44 left in the first period.


NEWARK, N.J. (AP) ??? Petr Sykora scored two goals to lead New Jersey over Buffalo.

Zach Parise also scored for the Devils, who built a 3-0 lead in the second period. Martin Brodeur made 22 saves and assisted on Sykora's first goal. Patrik Elias helped set up both of Sykora's tallies.

Thomas Vanek scored for Buffalo, which received 20 saves from Ryan Miller.

Luke Adam appeared to cut the Sabres' deficit to 2-1 with a deflection at 5:28 of the second period, but the goal was disallowed because Adam struck the puck while his stick was above the crossbar.

Parise made it 3-0 at 6:55, and Vanek scored Buffalo's lone goal 1:14 later.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) ??? Colin Wilson scored the only goal in the shootout, and Nashville sent Minnesota to its eighth straight loss.

Jordin Tootoo scored for the Predators to give Nashville a 1-0 lead 7 minutes into the third period. Dany Heatley tied it for the Wild with 3:59 remaining in regulation.

The Wild outshot the Predators 11-10 in the first period, 11-5 in the second and 35-25 overall. Minnesota, 0-5-3 since winning at Phoenix on Dec. 10, had the only four shots in overtime.


CHICAGO (AP) ??? Jonathan Quick made 38 saves to earn his NHL-leading fifth shutout, and Trent Hunter and Jarret Stoll scored to lead Los Angeles past Chicago.

Quick was solid in earning his 19th NHL shutout, but he wasn't heavily tested until the third period.

The Kings improved to 5-1-1 in their last seven and 3-0-1 under coach Darryl Sutter, who took over behind the Los Angeles bench last week. Sutter spent his eight-year NHL playing career with the Blackhawks, and began his NHL coaching career with Chicago in 1992.

The Blackhawks, who lead the NHL with 50 points, where shut out for the fourth time this season. Chicago is 9-2-1 in its last 12 and 13-3-3 at home.

Corey Crawford stopped 36 shots and was exceptional in his third straight start following a string of six consecutive starts by backup Ray Emery.


SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) ????????? Andrew Ebbett redirected Kevin Bieksa's shot into the net at 3:23 of overtime to give Vancouver a victory over San Jose.

Daniel Sedin and Ryan Kesler also scored for the Canucks, who won their second straight and for the fifth time in six games. Roberto Luongo made 33 saves and improved to 9-1-1 in his last 11 games.

Logan Couture and Joe Thornton scored for the Sharks, who lost their second straight after a four-game winning streak. Antti Niemi stopped 28 shots.

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