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WASHINGTON - Chris Kunitz scored the tiebreaking goal at 2:36 of the third period, and the Pittsburgh Penguins beat Washington 2-1 Thursday night to keep the Capitals winless under new coach Dale Hunter.

Craig Adams also scored for the Penguins, who improved to 4-1-1 since captain Sidney Crosby returned to the lineup following an 11-month absence with a concussion.

Jason Chimera got his team-leading 10th goal for the Capitals, who were 11-0-2 against their bitter rivals in the regular season since March 8, 2009.

Tomas Vokoun stopped 33 shots, but the Capitals couldn't back his effort with any offensive firepower. The Capitals took only 17 shots against Marc-Andre Fleury in their second straight 2-1 loss since Hunter replaced the fired Bruce Boudreau on Monday.

Crosby was held without a point for only the second time in six games since his return.

Washington's Alex Ovechkin was also held without a point, and he has only one goal in 10 games.


RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) ? Ryan McDonagh, Marian Gaborik and Sean Avery scored in a 4:53 span of the second period, and the New York Rangers rallied to beat Carolina for their fourth straight win.

Ryan Callahan and Michael Sauer had the other goals for the Rangers, who got points from 14 players and earned their 11th win in 13 games. Martin Biron made 28 saves in a spot start for No. 1 goalie Henrik Lundqvist.

New York remained three points behind Eastern Conference-leading Pittsburgh, but the Rangers have played four fewer games than the Penguins.

Derek Joslin, Jeff Skinner and Jiri Tlutsy scored goals for Carolina, winless in two games under new coach Kirk Muller. Cam Ward made 22 saves for the Hurricanes, who have lost five in a row and are last in the Southeast Division.


DALLAS (AP) ??? Eric Nystrom scored the tiebreaking goal with 2:20 left and Dallas rallied for a victory over Ottawa,

Milan Michalek had given the Senators a 2-1 advantage at 11:42 of the final period with his team-high 15th goal.

Radek Dvorak and Steve Ott also scored for Dallas, and Andrew Raycroft made 33 saves. Dvorak got Dallas even at 2 with 5:34 left in the third period.

Erik Condra had Ottawa's other goal.


WINNIPEG (AP) ??? Ondrej Pavelec made 33 saves in his second shutout of the season and Bryan Little's first-period goal held up as the Jets beat Phoenix 1-0 in the Coyotes' first game back in Winnipeg since leaving for the desert in 1996.

Little scored the game's only goal off a rebound while Coyotes goalie Mike Smith was out of position.

Winnipeg (10-11-4), the former Atlanta Thrashers who relocated before this season, snapped a two-game losing streak. After the game, the crowd gave the new Jets a standing ovation and saluted them at centre ice as the players raised their sticks.

Smith faced 31 shots as Phoenix (13-8-3) had a two-game winning streak broken.

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