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NEW YORK (AP) -Mike Green isn't used to goalies keeping him from putting the puck in the net. So forgive him for being annoyed when a few first-period chances failed to get past Henrik Lundqvist.

By the time the second period was over, the Washington Capitals' high-scoring defenseman had Lundqvist figured out, too, and forced his way into the NHL record book.

Green scored for the seventh straight game to tie the 25-year-old mark for defensemen and then added a second goal in the middle period. It wasn't enough as the Capitals fell to Lundqvist and the New York Rangers 5-4 in a shootout on Wednesday night.

Green put the Capitals in front 3-2 with a hard, rising wrister from just inside the top edge of the right circle at 10:32. That tied the record set by Boston's Mike O'Connell, who also scored in seven straight games during the 1983-84 season.

He got Washington even at 4 with 57.6 seconds left in the second period. Green celebrated both goals with emphatic slams against the glass in the Rangers zone.

"I was pretty excited," said Green, who leads NHL defensemen with 21 goals and 49 points. "It was frustrating there. I had some chances in the first period, and I finally got one by him. I don't know if you've seen my reaction, but I was pretty jacked.

"It was anger, emotion, happy, sad. I was pretty wound up."

So were the Rangers when they finally snapped a season-high, five-game losing streak that threatened to derail their playoff plans.

Ryan Callahan netted the decisive goal in the shootout with a drive that struck the crossbar and then caromed in off the skates and stick of surprised Washington goalie Jose Theodore.

"To be honest, I thought when it hits the crossbar and comes back out it's no play," a disappointed Theodore said. "I didn't really try to get out of the way because for me it was no goal.

"Obviously, I was wrong, so it's a lesson that I learned, I guess."

The Rangers were on an 0-4-1 skid and needed a win to ensure they wouldn't fall to seventh place in the Eastern Conference. Instead they moved up into a fourth-place tie in points with Philadelphia.

"I hit the crossbar and I didn't think it went in," Callahan said. "I heard it hit the crossbar, and as I turned back I saw it go off his leg and in the net. I got a little bit lucky and I'll take it."

New York coach Tom Renney admitted he also wasn't aware of the shootout rule that allows a goal to stand if it hits a post and caroms in off the goalie.

"No, not at all," he said, "but I'm OK with it."

That was the difference on a night otherwise dominated by Green.

Washington, the leader in the Southeast Division, was caught by the Atlantic Division-leading New Jersey Devils in the race for the No. 2 seed in the East. Both teams have 73 points in 55 games, but the Devils have 35 wins - one more than the Capitals.

"It felt like a playoff game out there," Green said. "I think we're happy with the point. Obviously we wanted that second one, but we played well."

Callahan, who had a goal and assist, scored in the fourth round of the tiebreaker. Lundqvist sealed the win by stopping Brooks Laich. Nigel Dawes also scored in the shootout for the Rangers, but Alex Ovechkin forced the extra round.

Despite going 0-for-6 on the power play - including five chances and a brief two-man advantage in the scoreless third period - the Rangers shook off two blown leads and rallied to win.

Lauri Korpikoski, Markus Naslund and Paul Mara also had goals for the Rangers, who hadn't scored more than three in their previous six games and had been outscored 22-5 during their skid.

"We really needed that," said Lundqvist, who made 26 saves. "We needed that confidence. We needed those points, too."

Tomas Fleischmann and Eric Fehr scored first-period goals for the Capitals, who also led twice. Theodore stopped 28 shots.

At Pittsburgh, Sidney Crosby's hard wrist shot fooled San Jose goalie Brian Boucher for the only goal in the shootout.

Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 36 shots to help the Penguins win for the third time during a four-game homestand. San Jose, coming off a win at Boston on Tuesday in a matchup of the two NHL conference leaders, is 1-2-2 in its last five games.

At Newark, N.J., Zach Parise had two goals, including the winner, and added two assists to help New Jersey win for the 11th time in 13 games.

Parise has a career-high 34 goals, two more than last season.

Jamie Langenbrunner also scored twice, defenseman Paul Martin had three assists, and Kevin Weekes made 23 saves in New Jersey's fourth straight win over New York this season.

At Buffalo, N.Y., Daniel Alfredsson had a goal and assist and Ottawa won consecutive games for only the sixth time this season.

Jason Spezza and Shean Donovan also scored to help the Senators complete a home-and-home sweep against Buffalo following a shootout win in Ottawa on Saturday. Brian Elliott made 31 saves, allowing only Ales Kotalik's power-play goal in the third.

At St. Paul, Minn., Antti Miettinen's one-timer with 1:11 remaining off a pass from former Colorado forward Andrew Brunette was the winner for the Wild.

Pierre-Marc Bouchard and Owen Nolan also scored for Minnesota. Ryan Smyth scored twice for Colorado, which has lost five straight road games.

At Dallas, Ilya Bryzgalov stopped 33 shots for his eighth career NHL shutout, and Enver Lisin scored in the second period to help Phoenix end a six-game losing streak.

Bryzgalov has three shutouts this season, two against Dallas, including a 1-0 shootout win Jan. 10. He's 3-1-1 against the Stars this season.

At Atlanta, Patrick Sharp and Jonathan Toews scored power-play goals, and Nikolai Khabibulin made 36 saves for Chicago.

Dave Bolland added an empty-net goal. Ilya Kovalchuk scored for Atlanta.

At Anaheim, Calif., Scott Niedermayer scored his second goal of the game 55 seconds into overtime to lift the Ducks.

Brendan Morrison also scored for Anaheim, and Jean-Sebastien Giguere stopped 21 shots in his third straight start. Curtis Glencross and Todd Bertuzzi scored for Calgary, which has lost nine straight in Anaheim.

At Edmonton, Alberta, Ales Hemsky, Dustin Penner, Andrew Cogliano and Kyle Brodziak each had a goal and an assist, and Edmonton extended Montreal's road losing streak to seven games.

Sam Gagner, Zack Stortini and Liam Reddox also scored to help the Oilers snap a two-game skid.

Mathieu Dandenault and Francis Boullion scored for Montreal, which has lost nine of 11.

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