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LOS ANGELES (AP) -Michal Handzus scored a short-handed goal early in the third period to put Los Angeles ahead, and Ryan Smyth connected on a power play, leading the Kings to a 2-1 victory over the Washington Capitals on Saturday.

Jonathan Quick stopped 26 shots a day after he was selected to the U.S. Olympic team along with Los Angeles teammates Dustin Brown and Jack Johnson.

Quick kept the Kings in the game during a one-sided second period in which the Capitals outshot Los Angeles 13-2. He made two tough saves on Alex Ovechkin in less than a minute, flicking out his right leg at the last instant to thwart Ovechkin's tricky 25-foot wrist shot with 9 1/2 minutes left in the period, then stopping another wrist shot from point-blank range by the two-time MVP.

Defenseman Mike Green had a power-play goal for Washington.

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Minnesota native Jamie Langenbrunner had a hat trick to give New Jersey coach Jacques Lemaire a victory in his return to Minnesota.

The only coach the Wild ever had until he quit after last season, Lemaire was honored with a brief video tribute before the game.

Dean McAmmond and Jay Pandolfo also scored for Eastern Conference-leading New Jersey. Mikko Koivu, Eric Belanger and Andrew Brunette scored for Minnesota.

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - Patrick Marleau scored his 27th goal of the season, and Dany Heatley added his 24th to lead San Jose to its eighth straight victory.

The NHL-leading Sharks also got production from two less obvious sources in Jamie McGinn and Douglas Murray to extend their longest winning streak of the season.

Robert Nilsson scored for Edmonton. The Oilers have lost nine of 10.

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Zenon Konopka celebrated his 29th birthday with a rare goal, and Martin St. Louis and Steve Downie also scored to help Tampa Bay hand Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh its fourth straight loss.

Konopka gave the Lightning a 2-1 lead in the second with his second goal of the season and sixth in 79 NHL games. Mike Smith made 25 saves, allowing only Bill Guerin's first-period goal.

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Tomas Kopecky scored twice for his third career multipoint game, and Patrick Sharp also had two goals to help Chicago beat St. Louis after the Blues fired coach Andy Murray and replaced him with interim coach Davis Payne.

Brian Campbell and Kris Versteeg also scored for Chicago. The Blackhawks have won five of six and are tied for second overall in the NHL, two points behind San Jose.

Eric Brewer, Andy McDonald and Keith Tkachuk scored for the Blues.

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Tomas Holmstrom deflected two of Nicklas Lidstrom's shots into the net for his 14th and 15th goals to lead Detroit.

Pavel Datsyuk added a power-play goal, and Darren Helm had an empty-netter for the Red Wings, who opened a five-game trip with their second straight win.

The Coyotes had a two-man advantage when Matthew Lombardi scored their lone goal.

Phoenix lost at home in regulation for the first time since Nov. 16, a span of 12 games, in front of a crowd announced as a sellout of 17,125.

CALGARY, Alberta (AP) - Curtis Glencross scored the go-ahead goal on a power play midway through the second period and added an empty-netter for Calgary.

Jarome Iginla had a goal and two assists, and Miikka Kiprusoff made 24 saves to help the Flames extend their winning streak to four games. Jason Blake scored for Toronto. The Maple Leafs have lost five of their last six games.

NEW YORK (AP) - Ray Whitney scored at 3:45 of overtime to give Carolina a split in the home-and-home series and its third victory in 20 road games this season.

Cam Ward made 27 saves, and Tom Kostopoulos had a goal for Carolina, last in the NHL with 29 points. Marian Gaborik scored his NHL-leading 27th goal for New York, 5-1-2 in its last eight. The Rangers beat Carolina 2-1 on Thursday night in Raleigh.

UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) - Jeff Tambellini and Frans Nielsen scored shootout goals to give New York its third win in five games.

Atlanta, which erased two three-goal deficits, lost for the eighth straight time, but picked up points for a second straight night following an overtime loss to Buffalo.

Matt Moulson, Jon Sim, Richard Park, Trent Hunter and Josh Bailey scored for New York. Maxim Afinogenov scored twice, and Ilya Kovalchuk, Nik Antropov and Rich Peverley added goals for the Thrashers.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - T.J. Galiardi crashed the net and scored on a rebound with just under a minute left to lift Colorado past Columbus.

Kyle Cumiskey and Chris Stewart also scored for the Avalanche, who have won nine of 13 overall and five of their last six road games. Kristian Huselius and Derick Brassard scored for Columbus. The Blue Jackets are 3-13-7 in their last 20 games.

DALLAS (AP) - Daniel Sedin scored the go-ahead goal on a power play early in the third period, and Roberto Luongo made 31 saves for Vancouver.

Ryan Kesler had a second-period goal and Alex Burrows added an empty-netter for the Canucks, 4-0-1 on their five-game trip. Loui Eriksson scored for Dallas.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Jason Arnott broke a tie with his first goal in 10 games, and Shea Weber and David Legwand also scored for Nashville.

Pekka Rinne made 25 saves, allowing only Mike Brown's first-period goal.

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