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BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -Nicklas Backstrom had a goal and assist, and Jose Theodore made 31 saves to help the surging Washington Capitals beat the Buffalo Sabres 4-2 on Tuesday night.

Chris Bourque, the son of Hall of Fame defenseman Ray Bourque, netted his first NHL goal, and Brooks Laich and Boyd Gordon also scored for the Capitals (24-11-3), who won for the ninth time in 10 games.

Adam Mair and Clarke MacArthur scored for Buffalo (17-15-5), which has lost four of five (1-2-2). Ryan Miller made 27 saves.

Washington won despite star winger Alex Ovechkin being held without a point for only the second time in 11 games.

DETROIT (AP) - Ty Conklin made 36 saves for his seventh NHL shutout, and Johan Franzen scored twice as Detroit snapped Chicago's team-record, nine-game winning streak.

Pavel Datsyuk added a goal and an assist, Tomas Kopecky scored his second of the season, and Brian Rafalski and Niklas Kronwall each had two assists in the Red Wings' 700th game against the Blackhawks.

Nikolai Khabibulin stopped 35 shots for Chicago in the start of a home-and-home series that will conclude Thursday outside at Wrigley Field in the Winter Classic. The Blackhawks had earned at least one standings point in 11 consecutive games.

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Maxim Lapierre scored the winning shootout goal to lift Montreal over Tampa Bay.

The Canadiens won the shootout 2-1 to complete a two-game, two-day sweep in the Sunshine State. Montreal beat the Florida Panthers 5-2 on Monday.

Guillaume Latendresse scored Montreal's goal in regulation. The Canadiens have won five of six.

Vinny Prospal scored for the Lightning, who had a three-game winning streak snapped.

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Marc Savard scored a power-play goal, then set up Boston's next two goals, and the streaking Bruins ran their longest winning streak in nearly 26 years to nine games by beating Pittsburgh.

Dennis Wideman had a goal and two assists as the Eastern Conference-leading Bruins improved to 23-2-1 in their last 26 games, outscoring opponents 106-51. Tim Thomas stopped 32 shots to win his seventh in a row.

The Penguins lost their fourth consecutive home game and sixth in eight. The Penguins are 7-10-1 since beginning November by going 7-0-1. Evgeni Malkin, the NHL's leading scorer, was held without a point, took a penalty that led to Savard's goal, and committed a giveaway that set up Phil Kessel's go-ahead tally.

Penguins captain Sidney Crosby had an assist in his 250th NHL game, but gave away the puck ahead of Martin St. Pierre's short-handed goal at 5:28 of the third. Zdeno Chara also had a goal and assist for Boston.

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Zach Parise scored twice and New Jersey earned its fifth win in seven games by beating St. Louis.

New Jersey took a 1-0 lead on its first shot just 1:02 in when Parise scored.

The Blues tied it when Brad Boyes jammed in a rebound off Jeff Woywitka's shot at 4:19 for his team-leading 18th goal. St. Louis grabbed the lead at 7:41 when David Backes beat Scott Clemmensen for his 11th goal.

Brian Rolston tied it early in the second period with his fifth goal, and Parise's second put New Jersey in front 3-2. Jay Pandolfo stretched the Devils' lead to two goals.

Alex Steen made it 4-3 with 27.3 seconds remaining.

TORONTO (AP) - Curtis Joseph made 29 saves to earn his first win of the season and the 450th of his NHL career, and Toronto rallied to beat Atlanta in overtime.

Pavel Kubina scored the winner on a power play 33 seconds into the extra session to help the Maple Leafs snap a three-game losing streak.

Nikolai Kulemin, Lee Stempniak and Jason Blake also scored for Toronto.

Joseph, 41, earned his first victory since April 5 when he beat Vancouver while with Calgary.

Colby Armstrong tied it at 3 for Atlanta on a power play in the third period. Bryan Little, with his seventh goal in four games, and Jim Slater also scored for the Thrashers, who have lost three in a row.

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