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UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) -Alex Ovechkin was held in check, but Alexander Semin scored twice for the Washington Capitals, who netted four goals in the first period and surged to their seventh straight win, 7-2 over the New York Islanders on Tuesday night.

Semin had two unassisted goals, and Brendan Morrison and Mike Knuble also scored against Dwayne Roloson in the first period for the NHL's most potent offense. Washington recorded only 12 shots in the frame but carried a 4-1 lead into the second.

Knuble's goal, scored during a power play just moments after Ovechkin struck Islanders defenseman Jack Hillen in the face with a shot, made it 3-1 with 1:47 left in the first. Semin pushed the advantage to three goals when he scored with 5.2 seconds left.

Roloson stopped eight of 12 shots before being replaced by Rick DiPietro to start the second. DiPietro allowed goals to defenseman John Erskine and Jason Chimera in the middle frame, and to Brooks Laich in the third.

Washington has scored at least four times in 10 of the past 11 contests (10-1). The Eastern Conference-leading Capitals (34-12-6) own the league's longest current winning streak.

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) - Jonathan Toews, Troy Brouwer, Dustin Byfuglien and Marian Hossa scored and Chicago extended Edmonton's losing streak to 11 games.

The Blackhawks are 4-2 through six games of a season-high eight-game road trip. Patrick Kane and Duncan Keith added two assists apiece for Chicago.

Fernando Pisani and Ryan Potulny scored for the Oilers, who are in the midst of their worst losing streak since a 12-game skid three years ago. The franchise record for consecutive losses is 14, set in 1993. The Oilers have won once in their last 19 and just one of their last 15 at home.

OTTAWA (AP) - Brian Elliott earned his third shutout, Alex Kovalev, Milan Michalek and Jason Spezza scored, and Ottawa extended its winning streak to seven games.

Elliott, named the NHL's First Star of the Week on Monday, made 24 saves to win his fifth straight start. It was his fourth career shutout.

Kovalev and Michalek scored in the first to stake Ottawa to a 2-0 lead. Spezza scored the Senators' third goal 15:47 into the second. Filip Kuba had two assists.

New Jersey has been held to 11 goals while losing five of seven overall. The Devils had won nine straight against Ottawa.

Martin Brodeur stopped nine of 12 shots in two periods.

ATLANTA (AP) - Maxim Afinogenov ended Atlanta's power-play drought with a third-period goal.

Johan Hedberg stopped 34 shots for Atlanta.

The Thrashers were 0-for-13 over a three-game stretch with a man advantage, including their first power play against Anaheim. But Afinogenov scored from the right circle 4:03 into the third period.

The Thrashers are 5-4-1 since ending a nine-game winless streak. The Ducks lost their third loss in their last 11 games.

Colby Armstrong gave Atlanta a 1-0 lead early in the second period with his follow after Jonas Hiller stopped shots by Evander Kane and Ron Hainsey. Steve Eminger's goal with 2:02 remaining in the second tied the game.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Steve Mason made 29 saves and Derick Brassard, Kristian Huselius and Fredrik Modin scored goals to lead Columbus.

The Predators, who lost their fourth in a row, had gone 22-2-2 against the Blue Jackets since the start of the 2006-2007 season, including wins in the previous five meetings.

The Blue Jackets built a 3-0 lead with two third-period goals and then held on after Martin Erat and Patric Hornqvist countered with goals for the Predators.

Mason, playing in his 100th NHL game, made several big stops down the stretch, including a save on Hornqvist's redirect in the final minute.

TORONTO (AP) - Dustin Brown assisted on all three of the Kings' second-period goals and Jonathan Quick made 25 saves.

Jonas Gustavsson made 28 saves and Niklas Hagman scored twice for the Maple leafs, who lost their fourth straight.

The Leafs had been on the road for five games, returning home with four losses following an uninspiring trip through Florida.

Los Angeles took a 1-0 lead on a power-play goal from defenseman Drew Doughty after Toronto defenseman Ian White was sent to the box for tripping.

Nikolai Kulemin tied it for the Leafs four minutes later.

Jack Johnson, Jarret Stoll and Ryan Smyth all beat Gustavsson in the second.

DETROIT (AP) - Shane Doan's goal 3:50 into overtime capped Phoenix's comeback from a two-goal deficit.

With goalie Ilya Bryzgalov off, Phoenix got goals from Ed Jovanovski and Keith Yandle in the last 1:30 to tie it at 4.

Doan also had three assists, Yandle scored twice and Scottie Upshall had a goal and an assist. Bryzgalov stopped 33 shots.

Nicklas Lidstrom scored twice, Pavel Datsyuk had a goal and an assist and Patrick Eaves also scored for Detroit. Henrik Zetterberg had two assists and Jimmy Howard made 32 saves.

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) - Shawn Matthias scored twice in the third period to lift Florida.

Tomas Plekanec scored for the Canadiens.

Tomas Vokoun, who was making his 13th consecutive start for Florida, made 16 saves, while Jaroslav Halak stopped 27 shots for Montreal.

Voukon entered Wednesday's game having stopped a total of 66 shots in his last two home games, both shutouts. Halak, meanwhile, made 32 saves against the New York Rangers on Saturday to earn his third shutout of the season.

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