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BOSTON (AP) -The Washington Capitals set a franchise record with their 11th straight win and sent the Boston Bruins to their eighth consecutive loss as Brooks Laich broke a tie early in the third period of a 4-1 win Tuesday night.

The NHL's highest-scoring team trailed the league's lowest-scoring team after one period but tied it on Mike Knuble's goal 2:04 into the second. Laich scored at 5:04 of the third, Boyd Gordon connected less than three minutes later, and Alex Ovechkin added an empty-net goal at 19:28 against the Bruins, who are 0-6-2 in their past eight games.

The Capitals broke the club record set from Jan. 27-Feb. 18, 1984 and have the NHL's longest winning streak since San Jose won 11 in a row from Feb. 21-March 14, 2008.

During their streak, the Capitals, who lead the Eastern Conference, have outscored opponents 51-22.

David Krejci scored for the Bruins.

TORONTO (AP) - Jean-Sebastien Giguere and Dion Phaneuf made the most of their Maple Leafs debut and Toronto topped New Jersey to snap a six-game losing streak.

Giguere finished with 30 saves, becoming only the second goalie in team history to record a shutout in his debut. By the end of the first period, Phaneuf had landed a hit, took part in a fight, and received an ovation.

Nikolai Kulemin, Phil Kessel and defenseman Francois Beauchemin provided all the offense Giguere needed. Another newcomer, Fredrik Sjostrom, earned an assist on Kulemin's first-period goal to mark his first game with Toronto.

New Jersey backup Yann Danis, making his first start since Nov. 21, stopped 23 shots.

ATLANTA (AP) - Antero Niittymaki stopped 26 shots for his 16th straight win over Atlanta and Tampa Bay earned a rare road victory.

Stephane Veilleux and Martin St. Louis scored first-period goals and Niittymaki protected the lead, giving up only a second-period goal to Todd White.

The Lightning improved to 4-1 against the Thrashers this season with their fourth straight win in the series, including three victories with Niittymaki in the net.

Niittymaki, in his first season with the Lightning after five with Philadelphia, improved to 11-0 at Philips Arena.

Tampa Bay snapped a two-game losing streak and improved to 9-15-5 in road games.

MONTREAL (AP) - Jaroslav Halak made 45 saves, Sergei Kostitsyn, Maxim Lapierre and Tomas Plekanec scored, and Montreal snapped Vancouver's seven-game winning streak.

Halak, who stopped 34 shots in Saturday's 3-2 overtime loss in Ottawa, started after recording a loss for the first time in 10 such occasions this season.

Montreal had lost three in a row and six of eight (2-4-2).

Mikael Samuelsson and Ryan Kesler scored power-play goals for Vancouver, which won at Toronto on Saturday to open its NHL-record 14-game road trip. Roberto Luongo stopped 25 shots.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Adrian Aucoin lifted a wrister over the glove of Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne in the 10th round of the shootout to give Phoenix its fifth straight win.

Lauri Korpikoski scored in the second round for Phoenix with a wrister over Rinne's stick, but David Legwand tied it as Nashville's third shooter. The Predators had a chance to keep the tiebreaker going after Aucoin scored, but Shea Weber's shot went wide left.

The Coyotes, who have won eight of 10, matched their best winning streak of the season.

DALLAS (AP) - Marty Turco made a season-high 40 saves, Mike Modano scored his 556th career goal, and Dallas stretched its home-winning streak over Minnesota to 12 games.

Brad Richards added a power-play tally, James Neal notched his team-high 22nd goal, and rookie Jamie Benn scored in the third period for Dallas.

The Stars improved to 6-1 in their last seven home games and 14-3-2 in their last 19 in Texas despite being outshot 42-18.

Minnesota's last win in Dallas was March 21, 2003.

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