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WASHINGTON (AP) -Chris Clark scored the deciding goal in the 11th round of the shootout, and backup goalie Semyon Varlamov came on in relief and carried the Washington Capitals to a 5-4 comeback victory over the New York Islanders.

Alexander Semin scored two regulation goals for the Capitals, who played their fourth straight game without top scorer Alex Ovechkin (upper body strain), and added one in the second round of the shootout.

Semin gave the Capitals a 1-0 lead just 8 seconds in, but the Islanders ended starting goalie Jose Theodore's night with three quick goals. New York scored three times on five shots against Theodore. Varlamov stopped 25 of 26 shots and then sealed the win by denying Mark Streit's shootout attempt in the 11th round.

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - Jamie Langenbrunner and Zach Parise each had a goal and an assist, Martin Brodeur made 31 saves, and New Jersey extended its winning streak to six games by beating Anaheim.

David Clarkson also scored, and Andy Greene had two assists for the Devils, winners of three straight at home after dropping their first three there.

Corey Perry scored for the Ducks and Jonas Hiller made 22 saves.

New Jersey will travel to Pittsburgh on Thursday night looking to go 9-0 on the road. The NHL record for best road start is 10-0 set by Buffalo in 2006.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Detroit scored four times early in the first period and Niklas Kronwall had two power-play goals and an assist to lift the Red Wings past Columbus.

Justin Abdelkader tallied two late goals, Dan Cleary, Pavel Datsyuk and Todd Bertuzzi each had a goal and assist, and Kris Draper and Ville Leino also scored for Detroit, which despite major injuries to several key players is 5-1-1 in its last seven games.

Henrik Zetterberg added two assists, and Jimmy Howard made 25 saves to improve to 2-2-1 for the Red Wings.

Rick Nash had the lone goal for Columbus, which had won two straight and earned points in five consecutive games. It was the Blue Jackets' worst home loss.

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Randy Jones had a goal and an assist in his debut with Los Angeles, and the Kings extended Carolina's winless streak to 13 (0-10-3).

Wayne Simmonds, former Hurricane Justin Williams and Ryan Smyth each added a goal and an assist, Jarret Stoll also scored and Anze Kopitar had two assists to give him an NHL-leading 30 points. The Kings scored three third-period goals and snapped their two-game losing streak.

Tuomo Ruutu scored twice for Carolina, and tied it at 2-all with just under 16 minutes remaining.

Playing their first full game without injured goalie Cam Ward, the Hurricanes appeared to recover after going more than 18 minutes between shots on goal, but were held to fewer than three goals for the eighth consecutive game and dropped their seventh straight in regulation.

The Hurricanes (2-12-3) equaled the worst start in franchise history with seven points in 17 games. They're on their longest slide since relocating to North Carolina and are one winless game from matching the club record of 14 straight (0-8-6) set in 1992 when the team was in Hartford.

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - Ryan Miller made 28 saves to lift Buffalo over Edmonton.

Drew Stafford, Steve Montador and Jochen Hecht scored for the Sabres (10-4-1), who snapped a two-game losing streak.

Tim Connolly also added a pair of assists in Buffalo's fourth straight win over Edmonton.

Patrick O'Sullivan scored, and Nikolai Khabibulin made 23 saves for the Oilers (8-9-2), who have lost five of six.

Edmonton left winger Liam Reddox was knocked out when he was rammed headfirst into the boards by Clarke MacArthur late in the game.

CHICAGO (AP) - Patrick Sharp scored in the third shootout round, lifting Chicago over Colorado in the third straight game between the teams decided in a tiebreaker.

It was the first time the teams didn't need to go to extended shootouts. Chicago won in nine rounds on Oct. 10, and Colorado won in eight last Friday.

Craig Anderson, a Chicago-area native who played three seasons for the Blackhawks, made 37 saves in regulation and overtime and turned aside Patrick Kane's shootout attempt. He was beaten by Jonathan Toews in the first shootout round and then couldn't stop Sharp's backhander.

Marek Svatos scored in the shootout for the Avalanche, but Wojtek Wolski hit the post on his attempt and Darcy Tucker was stopped by Cristobal Huet.

Huet made 25 saves for the Blackhawks, who have won five consecutive home games. Chicago outshot Colorado 19-3 in the third period and overtime.

Since starting the season 10-1-2, the Avalanche are 2-3-1.

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