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NHL: Caps end Rangers’ five-game streak

CAPITAL PUNISHMENT:Alexander Semin contributed two goals to the 4-1 win, while the Kings’ Jonathan Quick made 38 saves for his 19th shutout in a win over Chicago

AP, Washington

Alexander Semin scored twice as the Washington Capitals halted the New York Rangers’ five-game winning streak with a 4-1 victory on Wednesday night.

With the game tied 1-1, Troy Brouwer not only screened goalie Martin Biron, but redirected John Carlson’s drive from the left point for his 10th goal of the season at 10:24 in the second period.

Marcus Johansson also scored for the Capitals, who ended a two-game slide by beating the top team in the Eastern Conference. Alex Ovechkin had two assists.

Brandon Dubinsky scored for the Rangers, 7-3 in their last 10 games.

Tomas Vokoun, making his first start in six games, made 31 saves for the victory.

DEVILS 3, SABRES 1

In Newark, New Jersey, Petr Sykora scored two goals to lead New Jersey over Buffalo.

Zach Parise also scored for the Devils, who built a 3-0 lead in the second period. Martin Brodeur made 22 saves, while Patrik Elias helped set up both of Sykora’s tallies.

Thomas Vanek scored for Buffalo, who received 20 saves from Ryan Miller.

KINGS 2, BLACKHAWKS 0

In Chicago, Jonathan Quick made 38 saves to earn his NHL-leading fifth shutout of the season, and Trent Hunter and Jarret Stoll scored to lead Los Angeles past Chicago.

Quick was solid in earning his 19th NHL shutout, but he was not heavily tested until the third period. The Blackhawks managed few good scoring chances in the first two periods.

The Kings improved to 5-1-1 in their last seven and 3-0-1 under coach Darryl Sutter, who took over behind the Los Angeles bench last week.

Sutter spent his eight-year NHL playing career with the Blackhawks, and began his NHL coaching career with Chicago in 1992.

The Blackhawks, who lead the NHL with 50 points, were shut out for the fourth time this season. Chicago are 9-2-1 in their last 12 and 13-3-3 at home.

PREDATORS 2, WILD 1, SO

In Nashville, Tennessee, Colin Wilson scored the only goal in the shootout, and Nashville sent Minnesota to their seventh straight loss. Jonathon Blum scored for the Predators, with an assist from Wilson, to give Nashville a 1-0 lead seven minutes into the third period. Dany Heatley tied it for the Wild with 3:59 remaining in regulation. The Wild outshot the Predators 11-10 in the first period, 11-5 in the second and 35-25 overall. Minnesota had the only four shots in overtime, but could not find the winning goal.

BRUINS 2, COYOTES 1, OT

In Glendale, Arizona, defenseman Dennis Seidenberg scored 58 seconds into overtime to lift Boston over Phoenix.

Seidenberg’s shot from the middle of the rink at the blue line deflected off the stick of Coyotes defenseman Derek Morris and found its way between the pads of goalie Jason LaBarbera. It was Boston’s first win after regulation that was not settled in a shootout.

The defending Stanley Cup champion Bruins have won 11 of 13 and 21 of 24 to move back on top of the Eastern Conference, one point ahead of the New York Rangers. Phoenix, who have dropped three straight, have won only three of 10.

David Krejci gave the Bruins a 1-0 lead 47 seconds into the game on the team’s first shot. Ray Whitney tied it with 4:44 left in the first period.

CANUCKS 3, SHARKS 2

In San Jose, California, Andrew Ebbett redirected Kevin Bieksa’s shot into the net at 3:23 of overtime to give Vancouver a dramatic victory over San Jose.

Daniel Sedin and Ryan Kesler also scored for the Canucks, who won their second straight and for the fifth time in six games. Roberto Luongo made 33 saves and improved to 9-1-1 in his last 11 games.

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