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WASHINGTON (AP) -The score-at-will Washington Capitals put three in the net in a 2 1/2-minute span in the third period Wednesday night, and beat the Anaheim Ducks 5-1 for their eighth straight victory.

Shaone Morrisonn, Mike Knuble and Alexander Semin scored on consecutive shots early in the third period to break open a tie game. The Capitals' winning streak is their longest since they also won eight in a row in the 1988-89 season.

Alex Ovechkin scored his 34th goal in the first period and had two assists in the third, while Semin added another goal - his 25th of the season - on a 5-on-3 power play in the third. Since Ovechkin became captain on Jan. 5, Washington has won 11 of 12 games and scored at least four goals in all but one of them.

Michal Neuvirth, the goalie by default because of injuries to Jose Theodore and Semyon Varlamov, made 30 saves for the Capitals. Dan Sexton scored for the Ducks, who have lost three of four on their season-high six-game trip.

NEW YORK (AP) - Patrick Dwyer and Eric Staal scored in a 25-second span early in the first period, and Staal and Sergei Samsonov each finished with two goals to help Carolina hand New York its fourth straight loss.

Cam Ward, playing in his 20th straight game, made 37 saves for Carolina, which has an Eastern Conference-low 41 points. Ryan Callahan scored for the Rangers.

DALLAS (AP) - Loui Eriksson scored in the third round of the shootout for Dallas, and Stars goalie Alex Auld was perfect in all three rounds.

Eriksson beat Miikka Kiprusoff after Dallas' Mike Modano and Brad Richards failed in the first two rounds. Auld stopped Jarome Ignila in the third round.

Dallas won its fourth straight at home. Calgary is 0-6-2 in its last eight.

Modano scored his 553rd career goal, and Richards and James Neal also connected for Dallas in regulation. Iginla, Dion Phaneuf and Olli Jokinen scored for Calgary.

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Antti Miettinen got Minnesota going with a pair of first-period goals, and Detroit's defense fell apart down the stretch.

Josh Harding made the early scores hold up with 26 saves for Minnesota, which improved to 6-0-1 in its last seven home games.

Andrew Ebbett, Guillaume Latendresse and Martin Havlat also scored for the Wild. Pavel Datsyuk scored twice for Detroit.

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - Jason Pominville and Jochen Hecht scored shootout goals, and Buffalo held off New Jersey to snap a four-game winless streak.

Adam Mair scored in regulation, and Ryan Miller finished with 39 saves for Buffalo. Brian Rolston scored, and Martin Brodeur made 30 saves for New Jersey.

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Vincent Lecavalier scored a nifty goal with his stick between his legs and added an assist, and Antero Niittymaki made 33 saves for Tampa Bay for his first shutout of the season and fifth overall.

Martin St. Louis and Steven Stamkos also scored for Tampa Bay, which has its first three-game winning streak since beating the Canadiens on Jan. 27, 2009.

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