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NHL: Oilers send Capitals to another defeat


Erik Cole had three goals, Gilbert Brule added a goal and an assist, and the Edmonton Oilers beat Washington 5-2 on Tuesday night, handing the Capitals their third consecutive loss.

Dwayne Roloson made 34 saves and Steve MacIntyre scored his first NHL goal for the Oilers, who won their second straight game. It was Edmonton’s first victory on the road against the Capitals since Jan. 26, 1997.

Mike Green had a goal and an assist and Tomas Fleischmann also scored for Washington, which lost a second straight home game for the first time this season and is now 18-3-1 at Verizon Center. The three straight losses match a season high.


At Boston, Zdeno Chara scored a pair of power-play goals, and Tim Thomas stopped 34 shots as Boston downed Montreal.

Andrei Kostitsyn scored for Montreal, who had won four straight games, scoring five or more goals in each of them. Jaroslav Halak made 26 saves, but the Canadiens lost in regulation for the second time in 12 games and fell a dozen points behind the rival Bruins in the Eastern Conference standings.


At Ottawa, Dany Heatley, Dean McAmmond and Mike Fisher scored as Ottawa beat Carolina to stop a five-game losing streak.

Heatley, who was replaced by Fisher on Ottawa’s first power-play unit, scored his first goal in nine games early in the first before McAmmond ended a 21-game drought midway through the opening period to put the Senators up 2-0.

Antoine Vermette added Ottawa’s third goal with 26 seconds remaining in the second and Fisher scored on a power play midway through the third for his first goal in 20 games. Chris Phillips scored his fourth goal with 4:47 remaining.


At Columbus, Ohio, Kristian Huselius had a goal and two assists to help Columbus to their third straight win.

R.J. Umberger had a goal and assist, rookie Jakub Voracek and Michael Peca also scored for the Blue Jackets, which have won seven of nine. Chris Stewart had a goal and assist, and Marek Svatos and Ryan Smyth tallied for Colorado, who had a three-game winning streak snapped. Brett Clark added two assists.


At Toronto, Steve Sullivan had his first NHL point in almost two years to help Nashville shut out Toronto.

Playing just his second game of the season after missing the entire 2007-08 season and half of this season with a back injury, Sullivan assisted on the third-period game-winning goal by Radek Bonk.

David Legwand added an insurance goal with just under seven minutes left while Pekka Rinne made 17 stops to record the shutout for Nashville.


At Philadelphia, Evgeni Malkin and Jordan Staal each scored, and Sidney Crosby had a pair of assists as Pittsburgh downed Philadelphia.

The Penguins won for only the second time in nine games and scored four straight goals to put an emphatic end to Philadelphia’s eight-game home winning streak. They also got goals from Tyler Kennedy and Matt Cooke, and Marc-Andre Fleury nicely rebounded from a first-period blunder to stop 27 shots.

Simon Gagne and Joffrey Lupul scored for Philadelphia.


At Uniondale, New York, Chris Drury and Nigel Dawes scored 1:56 apart in the second period as the New York Rangers sent the rival Islanders to their fifth straight loss.

Trailing 1-0 after a first period in which they were soundly outplayed, the Rangers bounced back with help from their often-punchless power play. New York got the best of third-string goalie Yann Danis, who arrived from Bridgeport of the AHL earlier in the day and was in the net before 6 minutes elapsed because of an injury to starter Joey MacDonald.

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