Washington roars to victory

Capitals 4, Predators 1

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WASHINGTON — Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom scored first period goals, Alexander Semin added a third-period goal, and Michal Neuvirth stopped 20 shots as the Washington Capitals beat the Nashville Predators 4-1 on Tuesday night.

Nashville lost for the first time in six games, and for the first time in 11 contests, had a game decided by more than one goal.

The quirky 10-game streak was two shy of an NHL record, according to STATS LLC.

RANGERS 4, DEVILS 1

In Newark, N.J., Marian Gaborik snapped a third-
period tie with the first of his two goals and then sealed New York’s win with an empty-
netter as the Rangers beat New Jersey.

Gaborik reached 600 NHL points with his first goal.

SENATORS 4, SABRES 1

In Ottawa, Erik Condra combined with newly acquired Ottawa center Kyle Turris on the first of Condra’s two goals and lifted the Senators to a win over Buffalo.

COYOTES 2, PANTHERS 1

In Sunrise, Fla., Radim Vrbata and Ray Whitney scored to lift Phoenix over Florida and give the Coyotes just their second win in six games.

PENGUINS 3,

BLACKHAWKS 2

In Pittsburgh, Evgeni Malkin had three assists to move into a tie for the NHL scoring lead and Pittsburgh snapped Chicago’s five-game winning streak.

KINGS: Darryl Sutter will be the next head coach, Los Angeles general manager Dean Lombardi announced Tuesday. Sutter will assume his duties beginning with practice this morning.


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