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.
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.