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WASHINGTON (AP) -Brooks Laich scored twice, including a short-handed goal in the third period, Alex Ovechkin finally made a penalty shot, and the Washington Capitals kept up their four-goals-or-more pace Sunday with a 5-3 win over Philadelphia.

The NHL's highest scoring team scored at least four goals for the seventh straight game, improving to 6-1 during that stretch.

Mike Knuble and Alexander Semin also scored, and two-time reigning league MVP Ovechkin capped Washington's scoring with 4:12 to play - at last converting a penalty shot after going 0 for 5 to start his career.

Jeff Carter, James van Riemsdyk and Danny Briere scored for the Flyers.

DETROIT (AP) - Jonathan Toews, Marian Hossa and Patrick Sharp scored in the shootout to help Chicago take a two-point lead over San Jose in the overall standings.

Troy Brouwer had a goal and an assist, Patrick Kane and Sharp also had goals, and Antti Niemi stopped 35 shots. Nicklas Lidstrom and Henrik Zetterberg had a goal and an assist for Detroit, and Patrick Eaves also scored.

Lidstrom's goal was the Red Wings' first against the Blackhawks in 148:36, dating to Oct. 8. Chicago shut out Detroit by 3-0 scores on Dec. 20 and Dec. 23.

NEW YORK (AP) - Ryan Callahan had two goals and two assists, Brandon Dubinsky added two goals and an assist to lead New York.

Marian Gaborik had a goal and two assists, and Chris Drury also scored to help the Rangers - who had only five goals overall in their previous five games - end a three-game losing streak. They outshot Montreal 34-20, including 15-2 in the second period.

Michael Cammalleri and Brian Gionta scored for the Canadiens.

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